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How we live: Information for metropolitan Melbourne

COVIDSafe Settings in metropolitan Melbourne.

Restrictions metropolitan Melbourne

Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham (except Little River), Yarra, Yarra Ranges.

If outside these areas, refer to the regional information.

From 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no limits on the distance you can travel, and you can travel to regional Victoria.
  • You can travel to Victoria’s Alpine Resorts if all visitors have a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne and receive a negative test (children under 12 years not included). Visitors must be able to show evidence of a negative test as a condition of entry, such as a text message from a testing provider. If you do not have any symptoms, you do not need to isolate while waiting for your test results. You must have a negative test result to be able to enter the Alpine Resort.
  • You can have up to two adults plus dependants visit your home per day.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, except at your home.
  • Face masks are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you must get tested for COVID-19.
  • You must check in upon entry to businesses and workplaces using Service Victoria app (with limited exceptions), regardless of the duration of your visit.

Social gatherings

  • Up to two adults can visit a household per day, plus dependants. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap.
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 20 people. A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard at home.

Work and education

  • If you can work or study from home, you should continue to do so. If you can’t work from home, you can go to work.
  • Schools and universities remain open.
  • Offices can increase to 50% capacity or 20 people, whichever is greater.

Religion and ceremony

  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 150 people per venue (indoors and outdoors), with no more than 75 indoors plus the number of people required for the service. A density limit of 1 person per 4 sqm applies indoors and outdoors.
  • You can have a wedding at a venue with up to 20 people. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. The celebrant and a photographer are in addition to the cap. Weddings in private residences are not permitted unless compassionate grounds apply.
  • Funerals are allowed with up to 75 people. This limit doesn’t include babies under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral. If a funeral is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
  • There are no restrictions on those travelling from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria for weddings and funerals.

Sport and recreation

  • Community sport can resume for all ages, including training and competition. Contact and non-contact sport outdoors can resume with the minimum amount of people needed to play the game.
  • Indoor physical recreation can resume, with group sizes of up to 10 per session indoors, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the activity (such as a trainer running a gym class). No more than 50 patrons per venue indoors, a maximum capacity of 150 per venue (indoors and outdoors) and a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
  • For activities other than community sport (like exercise classes in the park) you can exercise outdoors with up to 20 people.

Retail and hospitality

  • Shops are open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm. While shopping you need to adhere to the patron limit per shop. This limit on patrons is in place to ensure everyone in the shop can keep 1.5 metres distance.
  • Beauty and personal care services are open. Workers must wear a face mask, but customers can remove their face mask for the duration of the service if the service cannot be provided with a face mask on.
  • Restaurants and cafes (under 100sqm) can open with up to 25 people before density requirements apply. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm with a maximum of 150 people (indoors and outdoors) and no more than 75 indoors. Only seated service is permitted when dining in, to ensure everyone can keep 1.5 metres distance.

Entertainment

  • Community facilities including libraries can open with a density requirement of 1  person per 4 sqm and up to 150 per venue (indoors and outdoors) including up to 75 indoors. A maximum group size of 10 people applies (excluding infants under 12 months) plus the minimum number of people required to conduct an activity or service.
  • Bars, karaoke facilities and nightclubs are open with seated service, a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm and no more than 50 people indoors.
  • Indoor seated venues such as cinemas can have 50% seated capacity and up to 75 people per venue and maximum group size of 10 people (excluding babies under 1 year). A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies to indoor non-seated areas.
  • Outdoor seated venues can have 50% seated capacity and up to 150 people per venue and maximum group size of 20 people (excluding babies under 1 year). A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies to outdoor non-seated areas.

Face masks

  • Face masks must be carried at all times and must be worn indoors. You do not need to wear a mask in your own home or if a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended when outdoors when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others.

Reviewed 19 June 2021

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