How we live: Information for Victorians

See current COVIDSafe settings in Victoria

Staying COVIDSafe

There are things we can all do to make ourselves and others safer. As you live and work, remember these COVIDSafe principles:

  • Carry a face mask when leaving home. Face masks are required for everyone aged 8 and above in some locations, including on public transport and in sensitive settings such as hospitals and care facilities. See When to wear a face mask for more information.
  • We strongly recommend that you wear a face mask if you:
    • have any COVID-19 symptoms
    • are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19
    • are in a space where you cannot physically distance.
  • Get your next COVID-19 vaccine dose as soon as you are eligible. It’s strongly recommended you have three doses of the vaccine for the best protection. Book an appointment today at a GP or pharmacy.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested. If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you must report your result and isolate for seven days.
  • If you have COVID-19, or you are a contact of someone who does, read Your COVID Checklist for what to do. You must follow the checklist, including isolating if required.
  • You can reduce your risk by maintaining 1.5 metre distance from others where possible, using hand sanitiser and practising good hygiene.
  • Ventilation and air filtration helps. Consider opening windows to let the fresh air blow through or catching up with friends outside.

Current COVIDSafe Settings

Going out

There are no vaccination requirements for patrons to enter any venues, such as hospitality, retail, entertainment or gyms.

Vaccination requirements are still in place for select workers.

Customers and workers are not required to check-in using the Service Victoria App to enter venues.

There are no limits on the number of people you can gather with in your home or in public.

Face masks are still required or recommended in some settings.

Work, education and childcare

Schools, childcare centres and early childhood education are open.

Workplaces are open, but you must have had at least two doses of the vaccine if you are a worker or voluteer who is required to be vaccinated if working outside home.

You will need to wear a mask if working in certain indoor spaces such as:

  • court or justice centre
  • prison, remand or youth justice centre, or post-sentence facility
  • a resident-facing role in an indoor space at a care facility
  • in an indoor space that is in a publicly accessible area at a healthcare premise, including allied health facility.

High-risk settings

There are limits and restrictions on attending high-risk settings.

See below for more information.

  • All workers and all visitors aged 8 and over must wear a face mask indoors, unless excepted.

    Hospitals may apply their own COVIDSafe settings based on local needs. Check in advance before visiting.

  • Residents at care facilities can have up to five visitors per day if all visitors show evidence of a negative result from a rapid antigen test taken on the day of the visit. This test does not need to be taken at the care facility.

    If rapid antigen tests cannot be obtained, the resident may have up to two visitors a day.

    You must wear a mask, unless excepted.

    The Essential Visitors List sets out the minimum visitors who are permitted to access care facilities, including during outbreak scenarios, and includes:

    • end of life support and visits
    • parents or guardians of the resident if they are aged under 18 years
    • parent, guardian (including guardians appointed by VCAT), partner, carer, support or other named person of a resident who is aged 18 or over to provide emotional and social support
    • a person providing care and/or support for a resident’s physical, cognitive, social or emotional wellbeing (including mental health support and support for people living with dementia)
    • nominated person in the case of a resident’s mental illness or incapacity
    • persons providing learning and/or training to support the resident’s care and/or discharge
    • interpreters or informal language support
    • contractors whose work requires on-site attendance
    • aged and disability care advocates
    • legal representatives of residents and persons with power of attorney for residents
    • volunteers in the Community Visitors Scheme.

    You may be exempt from entry requirements if you are:

    • a person visiting for the purpose of end-of-life visit
    • an essential carer of a resident, or a person nominated by the director of the care facility where undertaking a rapid antigen test is not practicable
    • providing professional patient care as an emergency worker, healthcare professional, or an ambulance worker
    • able to provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 24 hours before visiting.

    Visitors must sign a declaration upon entry to state that they have not been in contact with a confirmed case in the past 7 days.

    You must not visit a care facility to see residents if you:

    • tested positive for COVID-19
    • have COVID-19 symptoms
    • have had contact with a confirmed case outside the home and are waiting for a COVID-19 PCR test result.

    Care facilities include residential aged care facilities, alcohol and drug residential services, homelessness residential services, disability residential services including Disability Forensic Assessment and Treatment Services (DFATS), eligible Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) enrolled dwelling, secure welfare services, short-term accommodation and assistance dwellings, Supported Residential Services (SRS) and the Thomas Embling Hospital.

    Visit Checklist for contacts for information on household contacts and their requirements.

Reviewed 22 May 2022

Coronavirus Victoria

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. The COVIDSafe Information hotline diverts to the national hotline every day from 8pm to 8am.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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