Easing of Restrictions for Victoria

Current Restrictions for Victoria

 Last updated: 22 November 2021

Victoria’s Roadmap

From 11:59pm  Thursday 18 November, nearly all remaining restrictions will be lifted state-wide for fully vaccinated people.

Physical recreation premises – such as gyms, recreation centres, swimming pools – can operate at full capacity for fully vaccinated patrons from 11:59pm 18 November 2021.

To ensure the safe transition to living with COVID-19 it is critical that the operator of a physical recreation premises take the following steps to keep workers and patrons safe:

  • designate a COVID Check-in Marshal at a point of entry for staffed indoor and outdoor premises – the COVID Check-in Marshal must check the vaccination status of patrons who are 12 years and 2 months old or over and attending the premises for private use (i.e. not for community sport);
  • ensure COVIDSafe Plans are maintained and consider any other COVIDSafe arrangements – this includes ensuring workers carry a face mask to wear when it is required and considering any additional measures to ensure their premises is safe (for example, impose additional conditions of entry such as face masks and capacity limits);
  • ensure workers comply with relevant mandatory vaccination requirements – physical recreation workers who are working at an open premises must be fully vaccinated. Workers who have been authorised to work onsite during earlier phases of the Roadmap or who otherwise are subject to a mandatory vaccination requirement must generally be fully vaccinated by Friday 26 November 2021 to work onsite. Employers are required to collect the vaccination information of their workers attending work on-site;
  • consider ventilation arrangements for indoor spaces – this includes having manual or natural ventilation strategies when it is appropriate;
  • ensure workers and patrons use the Victorian Government QR Code Service– this is critical to supporting effective contact tracing; and
  • ensure workers to remain vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms and the mandatory steps are taken for a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case:
    • all workers must report suspected COVID-19 symptoms and if they are diagnosed as a positive case to their employers –employers must ensure workers stay home and get tested
    • employers must follow specific procedures if a confirmed COVID-19 case is identified – this includes closing sites, isolating workers who are close contacts until they are tested for COVID-19 and contacting members of the public.

 

Previously, indicative date: 6pm, 29 October 2021. At 80% fully vaccinated, regional Victoria and Metro Melbourne come together under the same rules.

  • Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4, outdoors DQ2 (and 500 cap)
  • Masks are required inside.

Notes:

  • Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements for work premises continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per Workplace Directions and Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions. Density quotients (DQ) apply to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public.
  • All proposed easings from 80% fully vaccinated (indicatively 29 October) are dependent on the ability for venues and employers to confirm vaccination status of patrons and employees, respectively.

 

Currently, restrictions to ease from 11:59pm on Thursday 21 October in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Businesses are reminded:

  • movement between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will only be allowed for permitted reasons.
  • Workers who are required to get vaccinated must provide their employer with evidence that they meet the vaccination requirements for their industry.
  • Masks will still be required both indoors and outdoors.

Sport-exercise-and-physical-recreation-services-sector-guidance

Metro:

Indoor: Closed.

Outdoor:

  • Open for outdoor personal training:
    • Limit of five clients (plus the personal trainer) in one group if all people are vaccinated or exempt from vaccination per the COVID-19 Vaccinated Activities Directions.
    • Limit of two clients (plus the personal trainer) in one group if not all people are vaccinated or exempt from vaccination.
    • All clients and the personal trainer must comply with the vaccination requirements for personal training under the COVID-19 Vaccinated Activities Directions.

Notes:

  • In both indoor and outdoor settings, physical recreational facilities may also open for:
    • Exclusive use of training for professional and high-performance sports persons, only necessary workers to attend.
    • Broadcasting an online class from the physical recreational facility. A maximum of five people permitted to facilitate the broadcast.

Regional:

Indoor: Density quotient of one person per four square metres, up to 10 patrons per facility.

Outdoor: Personal training allowed with up to 10 people and a trainer or coach.

Notes:

  • Group limit of 10 patrons.
  • A COVID Check-in Marshal must be present at all public entrances whenever the facility is operational.
  • People employed by the facility are excluded from the capacity limits.
  • No spectators are allowed to observe training, other than parents of children participating.
  • Activities or community sport cannot involve a participant from metropolitan Melbourne or LGAs in regional Victoria under lockdown restrictions.
  • Indoor spaces can open to allow access to toilets and for the purpose of accessing an outdoor space.
  • Change rooms cannot open.
  • Any shared equipment must be cleaned between users.

For information about current restrictions, visit:



From 15 October 2021, in order to work onsite at a work premises, you must be able to provide evidence to your employer that you have:

  • received at least your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • have a booking to receive your first dose by 22 October 2021, or
  • have a medical exemption evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/information-workers-required-to-be-vaccinated(includes FAQs)

This means that from 22 October 2021 onwards, you need to have received at least your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (unless you have a medical exemption) to attend work.
From 26 November 2021, you will also be required to provide evidence to your employer that you have received your second dose (unless you have a medical exemption) to attend work.
A work premises is anywhere you are required to be for your work outside the home (for example, a real estate work premises would include a home inspection, not just head office).
If you are working at or in any of the industries or facilities below, these requirements apply to you – including if you are:

  • an employee
  • a contractor (engaged by the employer or a third party)
  • a volunteer
  • a student on placement.

These requirements apply statewide.

Archive of Previous Updates

Healthcare settings
From 15 October 2021, in order to work in a healthcare setting, you must be able to provide evidence to your employer that you:

  • are fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • haven’t received any doses but have a booking to receive your first dose by 29 October 2021, or
  • have a medical exemption evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner

 

Previously, from 11.59pm Sunday 26 September the Chief Health Officer has advised that the City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire can exit lockdown.

The following freedoms will return to Victorians on Tuesday 28 September at 11:59pm:

  • Outdoor venue cap for regional Victoria will increase from 20 to 30
  • Outdoor recreation will return in Metropolitan Melbourne including tennis, boating and golf under capacity limits
  • Melbourne’s 10km travel limit will be increased to 15km
  • Outdoor personal training will also be permitted for up to five vaccinated residents and one vaccinated trainer

 

Previously, from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September, there will be some modest easing of restrictions in lockdown areas of metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat:

  • one person may meet another person not from their household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity.
  • Additionally, up to five adults (plus dependents) from two households will be able to gather outdoors if all adults present have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The time permitted for exercise – and now outdoor social interaction – will increase from two hours a day to four hours.
  • The distance you can leave home for shopping for necessary goods and services, exercise and outdoor social interaction will increase from 5 km to 10 km.

As part of further changes to exercise, two people will now be able to train outdoors with a personal trainer and up to five people will be able to attend a physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance or class.

From 11.59pm tomorrow night, there will also be some changes to COVIDSafe settings in regional Victoria – excluding the City of Ballarat.

In regional Victoria, gyms and outdoor and indoor pools (excluding spas, saunas and steam rooms) will reopen with limits.

 

Previously, from 11.59pm on Thursday 9 September- in regional Victoria, the five reasons to leave the home will be removed , except for Greater Shepparton. There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.

  • Gyms and indoor recreation will remain closed.

 

From 11:59pm Thursday 2 September, some restrictions across Victoria change:

Changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

You cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary).

A stay-at-home curfew is in place for Metropolitan Melbourne. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or bubble buddy) other than for limited reasons, including:

  • authorised work
  • health and medical purposes
  • care and support of a child or someone with special needs
  • in an emergency or to escape harm.

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 City, Yarra Ranges.

If you are in Regional Victoria, the curfew does not apply. If you travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria for a permitted reason, you will be required to adhere to the curfew whilst you are in metropolitan Melbourne.

 

Previously, from 1pm, Saturday 21 August, lockdown extended to Regional Victoria.

All metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – excluding the curfew – will be implemented across Regional Victoria until 11:59pm Thursday, 2 September.

For an overview of the restrictions, see the Table of Restrictions

 

Extended lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne, until 11.59pm on Thursday, 2 September. Restrictions commence from 11.59pm tonight Monday 16 August 2021.
Curfew: From 9pm to 5am, a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons
Closed. Outdoor playgrounds, skateparks, basketball courts and gym equipment closed.
Outdoor Exercise will be limited to just you and one other person, plus dependants if they can’t be left at home.
Wednesday 11 August: Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that the current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne will remain in place until at least 11:59pm, Thursday 19 August.

From 11:59pm Monday 09 August, lockdown will lift in Regional Victoria. Businesses in regional Victoria will be required to check the address of anybody in their premises.

Indoor recreation can reopen with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. Masks are still mandatory.

From 8:00pm, Thursday 5 August 2021, the Victorian Government has announced that Victoria will enter a state-wide lockdown for seven days .

There are only five reasons to leave home:

  • getting the food and the supplies you need
  • exercising for up to two hours
  • care or caregiving
  • authorised work or education if you can’t do it from home
  • getting vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

Face masks will remain mandatory indoors (not at home) and outdoors, including all workplaces, unless an exception applies.

 

From Tuesday 27 July, Victoria’s lockdown will lift at midnight tonight, ending the stay-at-home orders.

Pilates studios are allowed to open with 4 sqm density, masks must be worn inside and outside.

 

Previously, Tues 20 July: Lockdown now extended until midnight on July 27.

From 11.59pm tonight, Thurs 15 July until 11:59pm Tuesday 20 July, Melbourne & Victoria will enter a 5-day snap lockdown.

There will only be five reasons to leave the home:

  • care giving,
  • essential work,
  • education if it cannot be done from home,
  • for medical reasons and
  • to get vaccinated.

 

Previously, from 11:59 pm on Wednesday, 14 July 2021, if you are in Victoria:

  • Face masks must be carried at all times and must be worn indoors, by anyone aged 12 years and over, unless an exception applies.
  • Face masks must be worn outdoors where physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained from others (except household members or intimate partners), for example, at a busy open-air market or a bus stop.

Lawful exceptions for wearing a mask (edited for exercise):

  • Persons who have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, including persons with obstructed breathing, a serious skin condition of the face, an intellectual disability, a mental health condition or persons who have experienced trauma.
  • Persons communicating with those who are deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety.
  • Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth is essential. This includes teaching, lecturing or live broadcasting.
  • Professional sportspeople when training or competing.
  • Persons who are engaged in any strenuous physical exercise such as running, jogging, swimming or cycling.

 

Previously, from 11.59pm Thursday 24 June, restrictions in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will ease:

Metropolitan Melbourne open, subject to:

  • a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Maximum venue capacity 300 people per indoor space and 1,000 people outdoors
  • Maximum group size: 50 people
  • Masks must still be worn inside

Regional Victoria open,subject to:

  • a density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal,
  • otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
  • Masks must still be worn inside

Updated table of restrictions.

 

Previously, from 11.59pm Thursday 17 June, the 25km travel limit will be removed and travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will resume.

  • Physical recreation & sport: Open
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Maximum venue capacity 150, including no more than 50 indoors
  • No venue limit if 100m distance can be maintained between groups outdoors (e.g. golf).
  • Maximum group size: 10 people indoors, 20 outdoors

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-acting-premier-4

Previously, effective from 11.59pm Thursday the 10th of June:
 
Metropolitan Melbourne:
Indoor exercise including Pilates are to remain close.
Outdoor exercise is allowed to resume with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm and a maximum group size of 10 people.
 
Regional Victoria:
Indoor exercise including Pilates can reopen.
Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
Masks must be worn indoors and visitors and staff must check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, even if visit is less than 15 minutes.
Maximum venue capacity 150, including no more than 50 indoors. Maximum group size: 10 people indoors, 20 outdoors
 
Table of restrictions from 10/06/2021

From 11.59pm tomorrow night, Wednesday 03 June 2021:

Acting Premiere’s Statement:
Table of restrictions
MELBOURNE: current restrictions remain in place for the next seven days. From 11.59pm tomorrow night there will still be only five reasons to leave home:
– Shopping for food and supplies,
– authorised work and study,
– care and care giving,
– exercise,
– getting vaccinated.
People will be able to travel a little bit further for exercise and shopping with an expanded 10km radius. Other restrictions including mask-wearing remain in place.
REGIONAL VICTORIA:
Restrictions are NOT lifted for Gyms/indoor recreation, which remain closed.
The ‘5 reasons’ will be removed and the limit on distance also removed.
You can only travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and you must follow Melbourne restrictions once you are there.

 

Previously, from 11.59pm Thursday 27 May until 11.59pm on Thursday, June 3 Victoria will enter 7 day circuit breaker lockdown.

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-acting-premier-1

Indoor recreation, including Pilates, must close.

Victorians will only have five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work, care and caregiving, exercise with one other person for up to two hours and getting vaccinated.

  • A five-kilometre travel radius will also be introduced.
  • Shopping will be limited to one person per day, per household.
  • Face masks will be required to be worn inside and outdoors everywhere.
  • Private and public gatherings will not be permitted, although single bubbles and intimate partner visits will be allowed.
Previously, From 6pm 25 May 2021: Greater Melbourne:
The Victorian Government has announced additional COVIDSafe measures will be put in place across Greater Melbourne from 6.00pm Tuesday 25 May. Face masks will need to be worn when indoors, unless an exemption applies. The face mask requirement applies everyone aged 12 years and older. Read the full announcement: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/additional-covidsafe-measures-keep-victorians-safe
From Friday 28 May:
It will be mandatory for customer-facing industries that require checking-in (including Pilates studios) to use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service.
Venues and facilities currently using a Victorian Government API-linked digital record keeping system must switch to the Victorian Government QR Service.
For instructions on how to switch, read register to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/register-to-use-vic-gov-qr-code-service

Previously, from 11.59pm  Wednesday 17 February, Victoria’s restrictions will be lifted with the following parameters:

  • Sport and recreation centres can operate with a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies to each space.
  • Gym and exercise classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class).
  • COVID Marshals required when gyms are staffed. When gyms are unstaffed, a density quotient of 1 per 8 sqm applies.
  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required.
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Masks will be required everywhere indoors except at home.
  • Masks will also be required outside if you can’t physically distance from others.

Link to table of restrictions: https://bit.ly/3quN4TP

Link to Premier’s announcement: https://bit.ly/2Zm6QFl

Previously, from 11.59pm Friday 12 February, new statewide restrictions come into effect.

From 11:59pm tonight until Wednesday at 11.59pm, all of Victoria will return to stage four lockdown restrictions, meaning there are only four main reasons to leave the home: shopping for essential supplies, care and caregiving, exercise and essential work.
Gyms and indoor recreation will be closed. Outdoor exercise will be limited to within 5 kilometres of the home.
Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors and no visitors will be allowed in homes.
Premier’s statement:
Table of restrictions

 

Previously, from 11:59pm 3 February, new statewide restrictions come into effect

  • Masks will be mandatory in public indoor spaces. Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask.
  • The 75 per cent ‘return to work’ cap in both public and private sectors scheduled for Monday 8 February will be paused and the current cap of 50% will remain in place.

More updates, including updates to exposure sites and possible changes to public health directions, will be provided by VIC government throughout 04 February. Exposure sites are published on the Case locations and outbreaks page.

 

Previously, from 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January face masks will no longer be mandatory in most public indoor settings, including Gyms and Pilates studios.

  • Face masks continue to be mandatory in airports, hospitals, large retail stores over 2000 sqm, shopping centres, indoor markets, in taxis and rideshares, on public transport, and on domestic flights to and from Victoria.
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home unless you have a  lawful reason not to.

It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

 

Previously, from 5:00pm on Thursday 31 December 2020 new restrictions apply in Victoria:

  • Face masks must be worn when in indoor spaces (other than private residences), on public transport, and in commercial passenger vehicles, apart from when eating or drinking, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies.
  • A face mask is required when exercising indoors unless an exemption applies. You may remove your mask when exercising indoors where you are out of breath or puffing. You still need to carry a face mask with you at all times.
  • Staggered class times are recommended, with a time gap of 15 minutes between sessions to avoid congregation or exceeding group limits.
  • Ensure that the entry and exit or foyer areas do not become congested, people can maintain physical distancing and mixing of separate groups is minimised as much as possible

Industry Restart Guidelines for Physical Recreation

See the Premier’s statement for more details.

Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by the Department of Health and Human Services Authorised Officers.

Non-compliance themes, across different industries, include:

  • Not following density requirements.
  • Not record keeping.
  • Lack of signage.
  • Lack of compliance with COVIDSafe Plans.
  • Inadequate cleaning and hygiene procedures.

You can help play your part in staying safe and staying open by downloading, printing and displaying signage from https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/signs-posters-and-templates

 

Previously, from 11:59pm on Sunday, 6 December 2020 Victoria moves to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

Indoor physical recreation facilities (e.g. gyms, fitness centres and studios) COVIDSafe requirements:

  • density quotient of 1 per 4sqm for all venues. The number of people allowed in a venue or space is defined by the size of the space.
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • It is recommended that you wear a face mask when exercising indoors where you can’t keep 1.5 metre distance from others  except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you short of breath or puffing.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask when exercising outdoors.
  • Classes limited to 50 patrons and electronic record keeping is recommended.
  • COVID Marshals required when staffed.
  • When unstaffed, a density quotient of 1 per 8sqm applies.
  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required.

 

From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria are now at the same position on the roadmap to reopening, with a summary of restrictions as they impact physical recreation and community sport below:

Indoor sport and recreation, including fitness centres and gyms:

  • Patron cap of 150 people.
  • Group limit of 20 people.
  • Smaller venues can have a smaller number of people.
  • Density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres
  • Large multipurpose sporting facilities will be able to open with a 25 per cent total venue cap
  • For classes, a group limit of 20 participants indoors, and 50 participants outdoors
  •  Equipment must be cleaned between users.
  • A face mask must be worn when exercising indoors except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you short of breath or puffing. Exercising indoors presents an additional risk of spreading the virus – that’s why it’s even more important to stay safe.
  • Facilities must have a COVID marshal.
  • Communal change rooms, showers and toilets can open.
  • While exercising you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others.

Further information, including FAQs, will also be available under recreation services sector guidance on the Coronavirus Victoria website soon.

Previously, additional details for REGIONAL VICTORIA from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October:

Taken from: Restricted Activity Directions, Non-Melbourne No.10

a person who owns, controls or operates a facility under subclause (2)(a) (indoor sport or physical recreational facility) or (2)(c)(personal training facility) in the Relevant Area may operate that facility for the purpose of indoor physical recreation use by members of the public aged 19 years and older if:
(a) the number of members of the public permitted in each indoor space and in each group, class or session at any time is limited to the lesser of:

(i) the number calculated by dividing the total publicly accessible area of the indoor space (measured in square metres) by 8; and
(ii) 10; and

(b) the number of members of the public permitted in the facility at any time is limited to the lesser of:

(i) the number calculated by dividing the aggregate publicly accessible area of all indoor spaces in the facility (measured in square metres) by 8; and
(ii) 20; and

(c) the space available is suitable to ensure members of the public are reasonably capable of maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from each other; and
(d) if any shared equipment is to be used, it must be cleaned between each user; and
(e) there is no physical contact, other than in an emergency, between a member of the public and any other person otherwise permitted to attend the facility; and
(f) only one class or session commences at a given time and that time is at least 15 minutes after any other class or session has commenced; and
(g) the facility has a COVID Marshal onsite during the operating hours of the facility; and
(h) the person complies with the records requirement and the restricted area requirement.

Announcement on Sunday 25 October

Regional Victoria only: As part of the Third Step and from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October, indoor gyms and fitness spaces will be able to open for up to 20 people, with a maximum of ten per space and a density of one person per 8 square metres.

Indoor non-contact fitness (including gyms) to resume with:

  • density quotient of 1 per 8 sqm and patron cap of 10 per space (max 10 per group/class), cap of 20 per venue
  • COVIDSafe practices
  • Indoor physical recreation businesses to only provide services to patrons from regional Victoria until settings in metropolitan Melbourne are aligned with regional Victoria. Businesses must use reasonable endeavours to check the place of residence of patron

25 Oct 2020 Regional Victoria Easing Restrictions.pdf

From 11:59pm on 27 SEPTEMBER:

Metro Melbourne

  • The curfew will be lifted in Metropolitan Melbourne from 5am on Monday 28 September.
  • A personal trainer can exercise outdoors with a maximum of two clients. Physical distancing and cleaning requirements apply (no shared equipment). This must be in a public outdoor space, and does not apply to people’s backyards or outdoor spaces connected to a home (check with local council for permission to use the space).
  • When you leave home, you must use a face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

From 11.59pm 16 September, Regional Victoria will move to the third step out of lockdown restrictions. See INDUSTRY RESTART GUIDELINES

Metro Melbourne – No Change -Closed
Regional Victoria – Now in Step 3, Heavily restricted, must have a COVID Safety plan
  • Indoor physical recreation streaming/recording of classes only, up to five people permitted. The only other reasons that you may visit your indoor workplace are to:
    • ensure the facility is closed safely
    • support workers who are working from home (i.e. organising I.T. equipment to be delivered to their home)
    • carry out emergency maintenance
    • respond to an emergency or as otherwise required by law.
  • Outdoor activity with participant cap of 10 people (not including instructor/trainer). Density quotient applies.
  • Shared equipment must not be provided, unless required for safety reasons (for example, safety equipment for swimming pools). Participants should supply their own equipment.

 

Previously, from 11:59pm 13 September, some restrictions will be eased across Victoria.

Regional Victoria and Melbourne Metro each have their own roadmaps, relating to how many active cases are currently in the community.

Summary of Steps towards COVID Normal

First Step (link)

Regional Victoria
First step only applies to Metro Melbourne.

Metro Melbourne (11:59pm 13 September)
Expanded social interaction.

Second Step (link)

Regional Victoria (11:59pm 13 September)
Social bubbles, visitors and staged return of education.

Metro Melbourne (28 September subject to trigger points and public health advice)
Social bubbles, phased return of some workforces and education.

Third Step (link)

Regional Victoria (11.59pm 16 September)
Increased reopening for sport, recreation, ceremonies and special occasions.

Metro Melbourne (Timing subject to trigger points and public health advice)
Major industries return, increased reopening for education, sport, recreation, ceremonies and special occasions.

Last Step (link)

Statewide (As soon as trigger points/thresholds are met, and public health advice allows)
Increased numbers for gatherings and hospitality.

COVID Normal (link)

Statewide (subject to trigger points and public health advice)
No restrictions for gatherings, visitors, hospitality or sport.

Roadmaps by region

Metropolitan Melbourne roadmap

Regional Victoria roadmap

 

Previously: Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria.

Announcement made 3pm, Sunday 2 August 2020

In Melbourne, a curfew will be in place from 8pm Sunday 2 August 2020. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening. People are only allowed to leave their house for work and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave your house for 1 of the following four reasons:

  • To purchase food and necessary supplies. This must be done within a 5km radius from where you live. Only 1 person per household can leave for essential goods, and only once per day. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
  • Exercise once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of your home. Gathering sizes will be limited to 2. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
  • For care and health care including accompanying someone for essential medical care if you are a carer, guardian or necessary support person. The 5km limit does not apply to care or caregiving.
  • Work. Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely. The 5km limit does not apply to work.

How far is 5km from your home? Check the interactive map

Regional Victoria including Mitchell Shire moves to Stage 3 restrictions

This means you must stay home except for the following four reasons:

  • For food and essential supplies
  • For study or work
  • For care and healthcare
  • And for exercise or outdoor recreation

When outside your home, you must wear a face covering.

No visitors are allowed at your home, and you are only allowed to gather with one person from outside your household in public.

 

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July 2020

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that if you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you must wear a face covering when you leave your home.

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire and need to travel outside these areas, your face covering will need to remain on for the entire time you’re there.

If you live outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you’ll need to wear a face covering if you visit metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.

It is also recommended that you wear one in your local area if you can’t keep 1.5 metres from others.

he State of Emergency in Victoria has been extended and will be in place until 11:59pm on Sunday 16 August 2020.

A return to Stay at Home restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

Activity, facility and venue restrictions have been reinstated in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell:

  • Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools will be closed.
  • Community sport training and competition cannot occur within the Melbourne metropolitan area or the Shire of Mitchell. If you live in this area you cannot participate in community sport elsewhere.
  • Outdoor sport facilities will be closed, except for facilities where people can exercise with no more than one other person or members of your household while maintaining 1.5 metres distance. Equipment should not be shared, and communal facilities cannot open. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants plus the instructor.

Restrictions will be in place until 11:59pm on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

 

Update to announcement: 11:00am, 19 July 2020

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

This includes:

  1. Banyule
  2. Hume
  3. Moreland
  4. Bayside
  5. Kingston
  6. Mornington Peninsula
  7. Boroondara
  8. Knox
  9. Nillumbik
  10. Brimbank
  11. Manningham
  12. Port Phillip
  13. Cardinia
  14. Maribyrnong
  15. Stonnington
  16. Casey
  17. Maroondah
  18. Whitehorse
  19. Darebin
  20. Melbourne
  21. Whittlesea
  22. Frankston
  23. Melton
  24. Wyndham
  25. Glen Eira
  26. Monash
  27. Yarra
  28. Greater Dandenong
  29. Moonee Valley
  30. Yarra Ranges
  31. Hobsons Bay
  32. Mitchell Shire

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

Previously,   Update on restrictions for certain postcodes from 11.59pm on Saturday 4 July 2020

A further 2 Victorian postcodes returned to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions.

Postcode Suburbs
3031 Flemington, Kensington
3051 North Melbourne

Return to Stage 3 for certain postcodes from 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 July 2020 (link to VIC Government notice)

Announcement made: 3.15pm, 30 June 2020

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that a number of Victorian postcodes will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 July 2020.

This decision was made in response to increasing evidence of significant community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in these postcodes.

The affected postcodes and suburbs are:

Postcode Suburbs
3012 Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021 Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3032 Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3038 Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042 Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
3046 Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
3047 Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
3055 Brunswick south, Brunswick west, Moonee vale, Moreland west
3060 Fawkner
3064 Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

If you live in one of the listed suburbs, there are only 4 reasons to leave home:

  • Shopping for food and supplies
  • Care and caregiving
  • Exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  • Study and work – if you can’t do it from home

The businesses and facilities in these areas that have been able to reopen recently – including Pilates studios and gyms – will again be restricted.

If you live outside these locations, there’s only four reasons to come in: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home.

Regular police patrols, both in these zones and outside them, will make sure people are abiding by the restrictions.

Restrictions will be in place until at least 29 July, 2020.

 

Previously, from 11:59pm on Sunday 21 June

Announcement made: 3pm, 20 June 2020

 

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can open, with up to 20 people per space, with a limit of up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time for those aged over 18 years old.
  • Changing rooms and showers can open for sporting and recreational facilities, including swimming pools.

 

To be introduced from 22 June, indoor sport & fitness with up to 20 people per separate enclosed space, 10 people per activity/group subject to the four square metre rule.

 

From 11:59pm on 21 June, indoor physical recreation venues, including gyms, can open with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space.

Up to 10 people are allowed per group or activity, such as a Pilates or pump class, at any one time. The class instructor is not counted as part of the 10.

Venues with multiple separate enclosed spaces must ensure there are measures in place to limit close contact between patrons in shared spaces such as foyers and bathrooms.

Changes to these dates will be subject to the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

 

Currently in place since 31 May, outdoor activities are allowed with up to 20 people.

Under Stage one (from 11 May), the following is permitted:

  • Gatherings of up to ten people for non-contact sport and recreation in public settings;
  • Tai chi or yoga class outside – as long as you are in a group of no more than ten people plus the minimum number of people required to lead the class.

Under stage one, the following is prohibited:

  1. A person who owns, controls or operates a physical recreational facility in Victoria must not operate that facility during the restricted activity period.
  2. A physical recreational facility means any of the following, whether operated on a for profit or not-for-profit basis:
    1. a facility used predominantly for indoor physical recreation;

Examples: a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga studio, barre and spin facility, sauna, bathhouse, wellness centre and health studio.

  1. subject to subclause (6), an outdoor facility that is used for outdoor sport and recreation;
  2. a personal training facility;
    personal training facility means a business the predominant activity of which is to provide personal training services.
  3. a play centre or publicly accessible playground;
  4. a skatepark; or
  5. outdoor communal gym equipment.

Useful Links

Victorian Government website – COVID-19

VIC Department of Health & Human Services

VIC Government Business SupportAdvice and assistance for businesses

The latest business updates including advice and assistance. Find information on these topics and more:

  • Economic Survival and Jobs Package
  • Business Support Fund applications
  • Australian Government Economic Stimulus Package
  • current restrictions
  • what to tell your staff

28 July 2021: Victorian Business Support Package – The package includes a new $85 million Small Business COVID Hardship Fund and $156 million Business Continuity Fund, as well as delivering support for commercial tenants and landlords.

Business Costs Assistance Program, Round Two – Applications open 3 June 2021

COVID-19) business support and financial assistance finder

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme: responding to coronavirus – REINSTATED 28 July 2021

Victorian Chamber of Commerce Business Resources

Sole Trader Support Fund

Business Resilience Package

Free Online workshops for your small business

Free virtual mentoring on the Small Business Bus

Useful Links for re-opening:

COVIDSAFE Stakeholder Kit

SPORT-EXERCISE-PHYSICAL RECREATION SECTOR GUIDANCE  -18.10.2021

How to Create a COVID safe Workplace

Editable COVID safe plan: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covidsafe-plan

COVID Safe Workplaces: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/keep-your-workplace-safe

COVID Marshal Requirements: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covid-marshals

Six Principles of COVID safe workplaces https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/six-principles-covidsafe-workplaces

Signs, posters and templates for your workplace: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/signs-posters-and-templates

Free infection control training: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-infection-control-training

Information about re-opening – DHHS/DJPR webinar on 4 November

DHHS/DJPR webinar presentation slides

DHHS Answers to Fitness Industry FAQ

 

Further information on infection prevention:

Workplace infection prevention
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/preventing-infection-workplace-covid-19

TGA Approved disinfectant wipes
https://www.tga.gov.au/disinfectants-use-against-covid-19-artg-legal-supply-australia

To search for any other product
https://www.tga.gov.au/australian-register-therapeutic-goods