Easing of Restrictions for Victoria

Easing of Restrictions for Victoria

The information on this page relates to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for Victoria. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Useful Links:

Victorian Government website – COVID-19

INDUSTRY RESTART GUIDELINES for Physical Recreation – **NEW**

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

COVID-19) business support and financial assistance finder

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme: responding to coronavirus

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

 

Last updated: 28 September 2020

Current Restrictions for Victoria

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.