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Victoria moves to COVIDSafe Summer from 11:59pm 6 December 2020.

Staying safe

  • As restrictions ease, it’s important that we act to keep ourselves and others safe. These actions below can help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, having a face mask with you and wearing it when required, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others. 
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors. 
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home. Wearing a face mask protects you and your community by providing an additional physical barrier to coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone must wear a face mask when required, unless a lawful exception applies. For more information visit face masks. 
  • Venues and facilities have specific requirements such as operating with a COVIDSafe Plan, density limits (maximum numbers of people allowed in a space), cleaning and record keeping – please respect these. 
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell. 

What is changing?

From 11:59pm on Sunday, 6 December 2020 Victoria moved to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions. From 5:00pm on 31 December, some changes were made to these restrictions including changes to mask wearing and the number of people allowed at social gatherings in the home. 

Following reduced exposure risk and continued low community transmission, from 11:59pm on Friday 22 January the number of visitors to your home increases from 15 to 30.

These eased restrictions will let Victorians get back to doing the things they love, while also protecting everything we have worked so hard to achieve this year. 

This means that: 

  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home. 
  • From 11.59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings.
  • These requirements are in line with settings that were in place at Christmas time.
  • Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:
    • on public transport
    • when riding in a ride share or taxi
    • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
    • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
    • inside indoor markets
    • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
    • at airports
    • in hospitals
    • when working in or visiting hospitals and care facilities.
  • You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
  • From 11.59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021 you can have up to 30 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from. Front and backyards are considered part of the home. 
  • Up to 100 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from. 
  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria to stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs can open for seated and unseated service. They must use electronic record keeping and apply the two square metre rule to ensure that customers have enough room to keep 1.5 metres between themselves and others. There are no other limits on the number of customers. Venues can have up to 25 people before the two square metre rule needs to be applied. When you are indoors and are not eating or drinking, you must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth.
  • Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur with no limits on the number of guests or attendees. To ensure people can keep 1.5 metres distance the venue must apply the two square metre rule. If a service is conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (30 visitors).
  • Dance floors can reopen in bars and pubs as well as at weddings. The four-square metre rule must be applied to limit the number of people on the dance floor and there can only be up to 50 people on the dancefloor at one time, if space allows.
  • There are also changes to the number of people allowed at community facilities such as libraries, sporting facilities (such as gyms), and entertainment facilities (such as cinemas).

Victoria’s COVIDSafe Summer restrictions – downloads

Current restrictions

Reviewed 22 January 2021

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