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COVIDSafe Settings

COVIDSafe Settings for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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.
  • 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.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit, no matter how long you spend at that location.

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 150 per venue (indoors and outdoors) including up to 75 indoors, and a maximum group size of 10 (excluding infants under the age of 1 year) 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 recommended when outdoors when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others.

Restrictions regional Victoria

From 11:59 pm on Thursday, 17 June 2021, if you live in regional Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no restrictions on travelling to metropolitan Melbourne. 
  • You can have up to 5 adults visit your home once per day.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, except at your home.
  • Face masks are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5m from others.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you must get tested for COVID-19.

Social gatherings

  • Up to 5 adults can visit a household once per day. Babies under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependants can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The 5 people may be from different households and may visit together or separately. If you receive 5 visitors in a day, you can still visit another household who is yet to have visitors.
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 50 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 75% capacity or 30 people, whichever is greater.

Religion and ceremony

  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 300 people per venue (indoors and outdoors) and a requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm.   
  • You can have a wedding with up to 50 people at a venue. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. The celebrant, and a photographer are in addition to the cap. If a wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
  • Funerals are allowed with up to 100 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 continues for all ages, including training and competition. Contact and non-contact sport outdoors continues. Outdoor sporting events with more than 1000 people attending are not permitted unless approved to proceed under the Public Events Framework.
  • Indoor and outdoor physical recreation is open, with class sizes of up to 50 people, plus people required to conduct the activity (such as a trainer running a gym class). 
  • Indoor sporting events with more than 300 people in a single space, or outdoor sporting events with more than 1,000 people attending are not permitted unless approved to proceed under the Public Events Framework.
  • Equipment must be cleaned between uses. You should wear a face mask when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, unless you are out of breath.

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 limits 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. Masks can be removed when needed to complete the treatment. 
  • Restaurants and cafes are open with up to 25 people before density requirements apply. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm and a maximum of 300 people (indoors and outdoors). Group sizes are limited to 50 people. This limit on customers for seated service is in place to ensure everyone can keep 1.5 metres distance. Food courts can also re-open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm with a maximum of 300 people per venue (indoors and outdoors).
  • Smaller hospitality venues (less than 600 sqm) that choose to have a COVID Check in Marshal at the entrance ensuring mandatory check-in by patrons using the Service Victoria app may operate with a density requirement of 1 person per 2 sqm or a venue cap of 150 people, whatever is less. If no COVID Check in Marshal is present these venues must operate using a density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres or 25 patrons, whichever is larger.

Entertainment

  • Community facilities including libraries can open with 300 per venue (indoors and outdoors), and a maximum group size of 50.
  • Smaller community facilities (less than 600 sqm) that choose to have a COVID Check in Marshal at the entrance ensuring mandatory check-in by patrons using the Service Victoria app may operate with a density requirement of 1 person per 2 sqm or a venue cap of 150 people, whatever is less. If no COVID Check in Marshal is present these venues must operate using a density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • Bars, karaoke facilities and nightclubs are open with seated service only (dancefloor closed), a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm and a cap of 300 people indoors.
  • Indoor seated venues such as cinemas can have 50% seated capacity and up to 300 people per venue. Non-seated indoor venues have a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm and are capped at 300 patrons. 

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 exemption applies.
  • Face masks are recommended outdoors where physical distancing of 1.5m cannot be maintained, for example, at a busy open-air market.

Additionally

  • You can always leave home if there is an emergency.
  • You can always leave home if there is family violence or violence by another person in the home, and you are at risk. If you are stopped by police, tell them you are feeling unsafe at home and they will help you. Safe accommodation and support for family violence is available. Call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or email safesteps@safesteps.org.au for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Other ways to stay safe

  • Always wash your hands before you leave, and when you return home. 
  • Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Never, ever go out if you are unwell unless it is to get tested. 
  • After you get tested, you must go straight home. 
  • Remember that the most important thing you can do is get tested, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.
  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible.

Reviewed 18 June 2021

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