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Religion and ceremonies - regional Victoria

Find information about how restrictions affect religion and ceremony, including weddings and funerals, in regional Victoria.

Summary of restrictions

From 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021 restrictions are in place across regional Victoria:

  • Religious gatherings can be held with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 300 people indoors and outdoors, whichever limit is smaller.
  • Weddings at an indoor or outdoor venue are subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 50 people, including the marrying couple and two witnesses. A celebrant, photographer or babies under 12 months are in addition to this limit.
  • Weddings at a private residence are subject to private gathering limits of up to five visitors (not including household members, the couple, dependants, celebrant or photographer).
  • Funerals are subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 100 mourners indoors and outdoors, not including those required to conduct the funeral or babies under 12 months.
  • Funerals at a private residence are subject to private gathering limits of up to five visitors (not including household members or dependants).
  • Religious support groups can be held with up to 50 people per group.
  • 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 while indoors, unless an exception applies.

We recommend you wear a face mask outdoors if you cannot maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others.

You should not attend a wedding, funeral or religious gathering if you are feeling unwell and experience symptoms. Stay home and get COVID-19 tested.

Can I attend a funeral?

Yes, you can attend a funeral.

  • Funerals are subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 100 mourners indoors and outdoors, not including those required to conduct the funeral or babies under 12 months.
  • Funerals at a private residence are subject to private gathering limits of up to five visitors (not including household members or dependants).
  • You must wear a  face mask at all times while indoors, unless an exception applies.
  • We recommend you wear a face mask outdoors if you cannot maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others.

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 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.

Weddings at an indoor or outdoor venue are subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 50 people, including the marrying couple and two witnesses. A celebrant, photographer or babies under 12 months are in addition to this limit.

Face masks must be worn inside, except when eating and drinking, unless an exception applies.

It is also recommended to wear a face mask outside if a distance of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained between others.

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

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

Yes, you can have a wedding at home, but it is subject to the private gathering limit of up to five visitors a day (not including household members, the couple, celebrant, photographer or dependants).

The two witnesses will need to be your household members, or be included in the visitor limit.

These limits also apply if you hold your wedding in your backyard or outdoor area of your house.

It is recommended to wear a face mask when you are unable to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others who are not members of your household.

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

Yes, there are no restrictions on travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The restrictions of the wedding venue apply to all guests.

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 taken during the ceremony can be mask free.  

Guests do not need to wear a face mask during wedding photos. 

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

Face masks must be worn at all other times when indoors, except when eating and drinking, and are recommended to wear outdoors if a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained between other people.

Can I hold a wake?

Different rules apply as wakes are not considered part of the funeral. There are no specific person caps for wakes, however restrictions would be in line with the venue in which the event is held and with public and private gathering limits. For example, you can hold a gathering after a funeral however the following limits apply:

  • A wake held outdoors in a public place can have up to 50 people
  • A wake held at a restaurant or café would be subject to the density requirements and capacity limits that are applicable to that type of venue, including the maximum group booking size
  • If you hold a wake at your home, then only the members of your household and up to five visitors can attend (not including dependants).

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 300 people indoors and outdoors, whichever limit is smaller.
  • For activities including religious gatherings, private worship, prayer groups, and religious ceremonies including weddings and funerals:
    • Check in upon entry is required using the Service Victoria app, regardless of the duration of the visit.

Face masks must be worn indoors unless you have a lawful reason not to and are recommended outdoors if physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. 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, with up to 50 people per group and a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 300 people, whichever limit is smaller.

Essential public support services include food banks, help for the homeless or other essential activities.

For school visits, there is no venue caps 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. 

Face masks must be worn indoors by all attendees, except for faith leaders and those required to perform the service, while singing during the service. Face masks are recommended outdoors where physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

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 the members of your household, your partner or a group of up to 50 people at any one time.

Stay safe by keeping at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others.

Do I need to keep records?

Yes. All venues must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Code Service.

Reviewed 18 June 2021

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