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Find information about COVIDSafe Summer restrictions affect homes and property in Victoria.

What does this mean I can do?

COVIDSafe Summer  restrictions apply from 11:59pm 6 December 2020

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. 
  • There are no restrictions on travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
  • You can move house.
  • You can sell and inspect property.
  • Real estate auctions can occur indoors or outdoors. If the two square metre rule is applied, electronic record keeping must be used. If using paper-based records, the four square metre rule applies. There are no other limits on the number of people who can attend an auction. 
  • Private property, commercial and display home inspections must apply the two square metre rule to ensure people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them. There are no group limits.
  • Real estate agents must keep records of people attending an inspection or auction via electronic record keeping.

I have more than one home. Can I choose which one I stay in?

Yes, you can travel between your homes. There are no restrictions on travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne for any reason.

Can I move house?

Yes, you can move house. You can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to move house.

Can friends and family help me to move?

Yes, members of your household, and up to 15 friends or family who don’t live with you, can help you move. People helping you move should wash their hands regularly and not share food or drink.

It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask indoors and outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people however it is no longer mandatory.

If anyone is unwell, they must stay home and get tested if they have symptoms. This will help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Can I sell my house at auction?

Yes, under the restrictions you can put your home on the market for private sale or auction.

Auctions must apply the two square metre rule to ensure people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them. There are no group limits.

An auction applying the two square metre rule must use electronic record keeping, otherwise the four square metre rule applies for manual record keeping. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service available.

You can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to attend an auction.

I want to buy a property – can I inspect it?

Private property, commercial and display home inspections must apply the two square metre rule to ensure people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them. There are no group limits.

A property location applying the two square metre rule must use electronic record keeping, otherwise the four square metre rule applies for manual record keeping. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service available.

You can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to inspect property.

How many people can do a routine inspection of a rental property? Can the landlord accompany the real estate agent?

Routine inspections can take place. You must apply the two square metre rule to ensure people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them. There are no group limits.

A property location applying the two square metre rule must use electronic record keeping, otherwise the four square metre rule applies for manual record keeping. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service available.

If there are issues, such as damages to the property, consider taking photos to share with the landlord.

During the inspection you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can tradespeople come into my home?

Yes. Tradespeople are allowed to carry out repairs or improvements. You should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and the tradesperson at all times. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people whether indoors or outdoors, however it is no longer mandatory. Minimise physical contact by paying with a direct bank transfer or contactless payment.

Can a cleaner come to my home?

Yes, a cleaner can come to your home. Ensure the cleaner’s time in your home is kept to a minimum. Try to keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and the cleaner at all times. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people indoors and outdoors, however it is no longer mandatory. If possible, go out for a period of time or move to a different room from where the cleaner is working.

Minimise physical contact by paying with a direct bank transfer or contactless payment. If you are a cleaner you need a COVIDSafe Plan. You can find more information about staying safe and restrictions at Retail trade (services) sector guidance.

Can I leave home to undertake essential maintenance of a property other than my place of residence?

Yes, you can. There are no restrictions on travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

You should maintain at least 1.5 metres between you and anyone else onsite who is not from your household.

Can I visit a tip to drop off rubbish or green waste?

Yes, transfer stations can open to the general public.

Can display suites open?

Yes. Display suites are open.

If you own or manage a retail business you can find advice and more information by visiting Retail trade (goods) and Retail trade (services) sector guidance.

Reviewed 17 January 2021

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