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Religion and ceremonies

Information about restrictions on religion and ceremonies in Victoria.

Restrictions for Victoria

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021:

  • Weddings at a venue are limited to 50 people, which includes the marrying couple and two witnesses. A celebrant, photographer or infants under 12 months are in addition to this limit. Weddings must also comply with restrictions in place at the wedding venue.
  • Only seated service can be provided, and dancefloors are not permitted.
  • Weddings are not permitted in a private residence except for compassionate reasons, and are restricted to 5 people: the couple, the celebrant and two witnesses.
  • Funerals are limited to 50 people, not including those required to conduct the funeral and infants under 12 months. You can travel anywhere in Victoria to attend a funeral.
  • Religious gatherings can be held with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 100 people indoors or 300 outdoors, whichever limit is smaller.
  • You must check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, regardless of the duration of your visit.
  • You must wear a face mask at all times indoors and outdoors, unless an exception applies.
  • You should not attend a wedding, funeral or religious gathering if you are feeling unwell. Stay home and get tested.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at the facility or venue and must ensure attendees check in.

Can I attend a funeral?

Yes, you can attend a funeral.

Indoor and outdoor funerals are limited to 50 people plus those required to conduct the funeral. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in the limit.

You must wear a fitted face mask indoors (except at your home) and outdoors, unless an exception applies.

You should not attend a funeral if you are feeling unwell. Stay home and get tested.

Can a person who lives in Melbourne attend a wedding or funeral in regional Victoria?

Yes, there are no restrictions on travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The restrictions of the venue apply to all guests.

Can I attend a wedding?

Yes, you can attend a wedding.

Indoor and outdoor weddings are limited to up to 50 people, including the couple and two witnesses. This limit does not include the celebrant, photographer, or infants under 12 months.

Only seated service can be provided, and dancefloors are not permitted.

You should not attend a wedding if you are feeling unwell. Stay home and get tested.

Face masks must be worn inside and outside except when eating and drinking.

Can I get married or host a wedding at my home?

You can only get married at your home if one of the couple is experiencing end of life. Different limits also apply to the number of guests you can have.

  • You can have a celebrant and two witnesses.
  • You can have the people who normally live at that home.
  • These limits also apply if you hold your wedding in your backyard or outdoor area of your house.

You must wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful exception for not doing so. Keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and others unless they are members of your household.

Is a wedding photographer counted in the limit on guests at a wedding?

No. A photographer is not counted as a guest under the wedding gathering limits. There is a limit of one photographer for each wedding only, and no allowance is made for a professional photographer at a wedding at a private home. 

Does a couple getting married need to wear face masks?

The couple getting married do not need to wear face masks during the process of getting married. Photos of the married couple taken during the ceremony can be mask free.

When taking photos, you should stay at least 1.5 metres away from others you don’t live with. 

Face masks must be worn at all other times when indoors and outdoors.

Can I attend a religious gathering or places of worship?

Yes, all places of religion and worship of all denominations are open.

Places of religion and worship can open for activities including religious gatherings, private worship, prayer groups, ceremonies, or to provide essential services.

  • Religious gatherings can be held with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 100 people indoors or 300 outdoors (whichever is smaller).
  • A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before density quotient applies.
  • For activities, including religious gatherings, private worship, prayer groups, and religious ceremonies including weddings and funerals:
    • Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, regardless of the duration of the visit.
    • A COVID Check-In Marshal must be present and request people to check in
    • Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors unless you have a lawful reason not to.

While attending a religious gathering there are steps you need to take to keep yourself and others safe, including not sharing food, drink or other items.

Can places of worship provide essential public support services or have school visits?

Yes, places of worship can continue to be open for essential public support services.

  • Essential services can be held at religious facilities. Essential public support services include food banks, help for the homeless or other essential activities.

For school visits, there is no venue cap if the venue is used exclusively by one school and no other guests attend.

Is singing allowed at a place of worship?

Yes. If the singing is indoors, the indoor venue should be well ventilated. This can be achieved by making sure that windows are opened. Fans (ceiling or free-standing) are not recommended in enclosed indoor spaces. 

If you are participating in a music or singing rehearsal, it is recommended that you keep at least two metres from other people in the rehearsal. Performers are also recommended to keep five metres away from the audience. 

Can I attend a prayer group at a place of worship?

Yes, you can attend a prayer group at a place of worship. See “Can I attend a religious gathering or places of worship?” above.

Can I visit a cemetery outside of attending a funeral?

Yes, you can visit a cemetery with as a group of up to 10 people at any one time.

Do I need to keep records?

All venues must use electronic record keeping through the free Service Victoria QR Code Service. A COVID Check-In Marshal must be present to request patrons to check in.

Reviewed 28 July 2021

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