Victorians love being out in nature, enjoying our beaches, rivers, parks and forests. If we are all COVIDSafe this summer, we will keep Victoria open for everyone to enjoy.
If you feel unwell, get tested and stay home or if you’re already staying away from home, don’t leave your accommodation until you get your results.
To help with contact tracing, keep a record for you and the people you are travelling with of the places you have been and the people you have visited.
Things may take a little longer this summer. When waiting in line or walking through busy areas, be patient and give others space so they can give you yours.
Consider visiting popular areas at a different time or check ahead if the attraction allows it.
There may be limits on the number of people that can safely be onsite at any given time. This includes at accommodation providers, hotels, restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions (where open). Avoid queues or being turned away by booking or calling ahead wherever possible.
Importantly, respect nature. Keep to designated tracks. Take your rubbish with you. Obey signs and instructions from lifeguards and park rangers.
Camping and caravanning
Stay 1.5 metres apart and remember the hand sanitiser.
Visitor numbers will be limited. Providing tracking and tracing information is part of the reservation process.
If camping or caravanning sites aren’t marked, keep a car’s length (sedan size) or tent pole or paddle length between you and the next site.
Clean barbecues, outdoor cooktops and campfire hot plates before and after use.
There are rules about campfires and camping in our parks and forests. Did you know you can never leave a campfire unattended and it is your responsibility to make sure it is , not soil? Read about before you travel.
Walking, hiking, 4WD, mountain or trail biking
While you’re walking or hiking, stay 1.5 metres apart and remember the hand sanitiser. If you feel unwell, get tested and stay home.
Walking tracks will probably be busy. So, keep left as part of physical distancing and check whether tracks are one-way to safely pass others.
Stay on designated tracks. Going off-track to avoid large groups of people could be dangerous and may damage protected areas of conservation or cultural significance. It’s also illegal and penalties could apply.
Parks and gardens
Keep 1.5 metres apart from people outside your household – a picnic blanket is a good indicator of how far apart you should be from other picnic-goers.
Don’t forget to pack hand sanitiser and, importantly, if you feel unwell get tested and stay home.
To stay COVIDSafe, remain 1.5 metres apart. Don’t forget, if you feel unwell, get tested and stay home.
Use the length of a large beach towel as a guide to keeping 1.5 metres away from others at the beach.
Swim between the red and yellow flags wherever possible, this means the beach is patrolled by lifeguards and they have marked the safest place to swim between the red and yellow flags. Beach patrols are now underway.
Know your own capabilities and make an emergency plan, including how to get help if you need it.
Read beach safety signs when you arrive, observe the conditions before entering the water. Ask lifesavers for advice if unsure.
Supervise children closely around water and always swim with a friend.
Boating, fishing and staying safe on the water
Make sure you follow hygiene and physical distancing rules when filling up on fuel, buying bait, on a jetty or at the boat ramp.
When fishing from a jetty, stay 1.5 metres apart from other fishers, carry a fitted face mask and don’t share equipment such as rods and gaffs.
When you arrive, check out safety signs. Observe conditions before entering the water. Ask locals or park rangers for advice if unsure.
Information for land managers
Public safety on public land and waterways COVIDSafe Summer plan
The summer plan, available for public land and waterways managers, provides a framework and principles to guide use and management on public areas.
It is based on:
- Victoria’s COVIDSafe summer
- directions and public health measures issued by the Chief Health Officer (CHO) on the central (these are regularly updated and should be referred to directly)
- other Victorian Government guidelines about COVIDSafe operations that may apply to business or activities using public land
Review a summary of the Summer plan
Government regulations to assist public land and waterways managers
The Crown Land (Reserves) (Safety) Regulations 2020 were published in the General Government Gazette on Thursday 12 November 2020 and commenced on that day. The regulations cover land reserved under section 4 of the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978.
The regulations allow a land manager for such a reserve to either:
- temporarily close a reserve or an area of a reserve to the public; or
- restrict or prohibit access to a reserve
- because of risk, or likely risk, to the safety of persons within the reserve
The regulations are in place until 30 June 2021.
The closure, restriction or prohibition can be for up to 14 days. The regulations include powers for specified officers to direct a person to leave the reserve or an area of the reserve for a period not exceeding 24 hours.
Closure or restriction of access is the last resort. Use of the regulations should only be considered when other management arrangements are demonstrably ineffective in maintaining public safety.
A Committee of Management considering using the regulations to temporarily close or restrict/prohibit access to a reserve should contact their DELWP Regional Manager (Land and Built Environment). The Regional Manager will discuss the appropriateness of using the regulations and provide the necessary documents.
Review the Crown Land (Reserves) (Safety) Regulations 2020
Reviewed 22 January 2021