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COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria are changing. Here is the information for your state, including Regional and Metropolitan areas.

 

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Staying COVIDSafe

Almost all restrictions have eased for fully vaccinated Victorians, but some COVID-19 risks still remain. There are things we can all do to make ourselves and others safer. As you live and work, remember these COVIDSafe principles:

  • We recommend wearing a mask if you can’t socially distance, have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.
    • Masks are required indoors at retail, health, care and justice facilities, at primary schools, and on public transport/taxis/rideshare. See the Face masks page for information about where masks are required.
  • You can reduce risks by maintaining 1.5-metre distance from others where possible, using hand sanitiser and practising good hygiene. Ventilation and air filtration helps. Consider opening windows to let the fresh air blow through or catching up with friends outside.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been advised to get tested by a contact, workplace or school, get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you get a negative result.
  • If you have COVID-19, or you are a household contact, you need to quarantine. If your symptoms get rapidly worse, please seek help. Visit the hospital if it’s an emergency.
  • Remember to check in everywhere every time using the Service Victoria App.
  • Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’re at a much higher risk of going to hospital. Book an appointment today today.

Vaccination requirements

Many venues can only open for people (including workers) who are fully vaccinated or excepted.

On this page, fully vaccinated means someone who:

  • has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • has a valid medical exemption, or
  • is under the age of 12 and two months.

This page lists venues you can only attend or work at if you are fully vaccinated.

Many workers are also required to be fully vaccinated if they are leaving home for work, regardless of whether their place of work is open for fully vaccinated patrons. See more information about workers required to be vaccinated.

Going out

Venues you can attend if you are fully vaccinated include:

  • food and drink venues (e.g. restaurants and pubs)
  • nightlife venues (e.g. bars and nightclubs)
  • entertainment venues (e.g. cinemas, zoos)
  • events (e.g. festivals, fun runs and conferences)
  • tourism venues (e.g. walking tours, buses)
  • casinos/gaming venues and adult entertainment venues

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter these venues.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to food and drink venues operating for takeaway only.

Getting active

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend sporting and recreation facilities (e.g. sports grounds, gyms and swimming pools) and sporting events.

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to people involved in community sport (e.g. a local footy match) or people using swimming pools for essential medical care like hydrotherapy.

Getting goods and services

Venues you can attend if you are fully vaccinated include:

  • non-essential retail stores (e.g. books and jewellery shops)
  • personal services (e.g. a hairdresser and beauty parlour)
  • community premises (e.g. a library) and creative arts premises
  • real estate services (inspection and auction)

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.

If vaccination status isn’t being checked:

  • real estate inspections can go ahead by private appointment for a single household, and the estate agent does not enter the premises during the inspection.
  • community facilities can host essential public support groups, support services and health services in limited numbers.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to essential retail stores (e.g. supermarkets, post office).

Seeing others

There are no limits to the number of people you can gather with in your home or in public places (e.g. a park or a beach).

We strongly recommend that everyone who you are gathering at your home or in a public place is fully vaccinated.

Weddings, funerals and worship

If everyone present is fully vaccinated, you can host or attend weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies at places of worship with no limits on density or attendance.

If vaccination status isn’t being checked, these events are restricted to one person per 4 sqm up to a maximum of 50 people per facility. The cap at funerals doesn’t include those required to conduct the funeral and the cap at weddings doesn’t include the marrying couple, celebrant or photographer.

Work, education and childcare

Workplaces are open, but you must be fully vaccinated if:

  • you are working somewhere that’s only open for fully vaccinated people (e.g. restaurant), or
  • if you are a worker or volunteer who is required to be vaccinated if working outside home.

Schools, childcare centres and early childhood education are open to all ages. Masks must be worn indoors at school by staff, visitors and students in primary school.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend adult education facilities (e.g. university, TAFE). If you are not fully vaccinated, you can’t enter unless it cannot be taught online.

Travel

There are no limits on travel or accommodation in Victoria.

We strongly recommend that people staying in accommodation venues in Victoria (e.g. hotels, Airbnb) are fully vaccinated.

Vaccination requirements still apply to relevant settings within an accommodation complex, such as a restaurant or a gym.

There are no limits on leaving Victoria, but travel may be impacted by rules at your destination. Check before you book. When you return, you must obtain a permit from Service Victoria and follow your permit conditions and requirements.

High-risk settings

There are limits on attending high-risk settings, even if you’re fully vaccinated.

Residents at care facilities can have up to five visitors per day including dependents for any reason. We strongly recommend that all residents and visitors are fully vaccinated.

Visitors to hospitals are still limited to a small number of circumstances, such as end-of-life.

See Visiting hospitals and Visiting care facilities below for more information.

Masks are still compulsory indoors in many settings. See Face masks - when to wear a face mask for more information on where masks are required.

 

Visiting Hospitals

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You can visit a patient at a public, private, or denominational hospital, day procedure or multi-purpose health services centre:

  • if it is an end-of life visit
  • if the patient is ill with a life-threatening condition
  • to provide essential care and support necessary for the patient’s emotional and physical wellbeing
  • if the patient is under 18 and you are the patient's parent or guardian
  • if the patient has a mental illness or is living with dementia and you are their nominated person
  • if you are required to provide interpreter services
  • if you are required to support the patient upon their discharge
  • if the patient is pregnant or giving birth and you are their partner
  • if you are accompanying the patient to the emergency department, or
  • if you are accompanying the patient to an outpatient appointment.

Each patient can have up to two visitors at a time unless the dependants of a visitor (or patient in hospital) are in the visitor group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.  

You must not visit a hospital to see patients if you have tested positive to COVID-19, have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the previous 7 days if fully vaccinated and not a close contact, or in the previous 14 days if not fully vaccinated or a close contact, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, are waiting for a COVID-19 test result are under 16 unless you're providing end-of-life support, visiting a patient with a life-threatening condition or related to the patient, have permission from the hospital or Chief Health Officer to visit or if you are an overseas traveller or an international aircrew service worker who just arrived in Victoria.

A close contact is someone who has spent more than 4 hours in a home, accommodation premises or care facility with someone who has COVID-19.

Staff and visitors must wear a mask unless an exemption applies.

You should contact the hospital before visiting as they may have additional requirements, conditions, or restrictions for visitors. This information may also be found on their website. 

 

Visiting Care Facilities

Each resident in a care facility is permitted up to five visitors per day, including dependants.

Visitors must sign a declaration upon entry to state that they have not been in contact with a confirmed case in the past 7 days if fully vaccinated and if not a household contact, or the last 14 days if not fully vaccinated or if a household contact. 

You must not visit a care facility to see patients if you tested positive to COVID-19, a household contact, have COVID-19 symptoms, waiting for a COVID-19 test result, or if you are an overseas traveller or an international aircrew service worker who just arrived in Victoria.

You must wear a mask. It is strongly recommended that all residents and visitors should be fully vaccinated.

Care facilities include residential aged care facilities, alcohol and drug residential services, homelessness residential services, disability residential services including Disability Forensic Assessment and Treatment Services (DFATS), eligible Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) enrolled dwelling, secure welfare services, short-term accommodation and assistance dwellings, Supported Residential Services (SRS) and the Thomas Embling Hospital. 

Australian Immunisation Register Medical Exemption

From 6 pm 29 October, Victorian's with an Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Medical Exemption must use the formal AIR form as proof of legitimate ineligibility for the vaccines.

Patients in that position will be able to access the AIR form through their myGov account "in the same way they can access their vaccination certificates". Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie states. Print copies are also available for those without access to a smartphone.

If you are currently using a vaccination letter from your GP, November 12 is the deadline to move to an AIR exemption.

For more information on how to get an AIR exemption visit Record an immunisation exemption

 


People who are not considered fully vaccinated

You are not considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of attending a venue if you cannot show evidence that:

  • you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • you have a valid medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination issued by an authorised medical practitioner, or
  • you are aged under 16.

If you can’t show evidence of any of the above, you will not be considered fully vaccinated and many venues will not be permitted to allow you entry.


Social gatherings

  • Up to 10 people can visit your home per day (including dependants).
  • You can see friends and family in a public place (such as a park or a beach) in a group of up to 30 people (including dependants).
  • We strongly recommend that the people aged 12 and over who you are gathering with in your home or in public are fully vaccinated.

Work, education and childcare

  • You can go to work if it’s open and if you meet the relevant vaccination requirements for your workplace.
  • You can work at an office if you are fully vaccinated. Areas in your office workplace not accessible by the public can open (with density limits of one person per 2 sqm). You must wear your mask indoors.
  • Early childhood education and care is open.
  • Schools are open with on-site safety measures in place.
  • Adult education on-site learning can continue for fully vaccinated students and staff.

Religion and ceremony

  • Religious gatherings, weddings and funerals can be held if everyone present (including workers and attendees) is fully vaccinated (indoors at one person per 4 sqm, or outdoors at one person per 2 sqm for up to 500 people). Indoor dancefloors are closed.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, attendance is limited to 30 people (and density limits of one person per 4 sqm) plus the marrying couple, celebrant, and photographer for the wedding, or those necessary to conduct a funeral.
    • If a funeral or wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.

Sport and recreation

  • Community sport is open indoors and outdoors for training and competition with the minimum number of people required to play. Spectators can attend in line with outdoor public gathering limits and the venue’s indoor density limits. Vaccination requirements don’t apply to community sport.
  • Physical recreation and sporting facilities (including swimming pools, spas and saunas) are open if everyone present is fully vaccinated (indoors at one person per 4 sqm, or outdoors at one person per 2 sqm up to 500 people).

Retail, services and community

  • All retail is open (with density limits of one person per 4 sqm). This includes retail betting venues.
  • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services can open if everyone present is fully vaccinated (with density limits of one person per 4 sqm indoors or outdoors).
  • Real estate inspections and auctions can take place if everyone present is fully vaccinated (indoors at one person per 4 sqm, or outdoors at one person per 2 sqm up to 500 people). Private inspections for a single household may be held if vaccination status isn’t being checked.
  • Community facilities such as libraries, and creative studios, can open if everyone present is fully vaccinated (indoors at one person per 4 sqm, or outdoors at one person per 2 sqm up to 500 people)
  • Up to 5 visitors per resident per day (dependants included) can visit aged care facilities. We strongly recommend that people visiting are fully vaccinated.

Entertainment, dining and hospitality

  • Food and drink facilities such as cafes and restaurants can open if everyone present is fully vaccinated. Indoor dining is seated service only.
    • Larger venues can allow one person per 4 sqm indoors, or one person per 2 sqm up (up to 500 people) outdoors.
    • Small venues can have up to 25 people or one person per 4 sqm (if more than 25 people).
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, the food and drink facility can only open for takeaway.
  • Food courts are fully open at one person per 4 sqm. Masks can be removed to consume food and drink.
  • Nightclubs, karaoke facilities and bars that are operating as food and drink facilities can open with the same density limits and seating rules as food and drink facilities. Dancefloors are only permitted outdoors.
  • Arcades, and casinos can open if everyone present is fully vaccinated (indoors at one person per 4 sqm, or outdoors at one person per 2 sqm up to 500 people).
  • Electronic gaming venues can allow one person per 4 sqm indoors if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
  • Entertainment venues are open if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • Indoor seated venues (e.g. cinemas) at up to 75 per cent capacity, or one person per 4 sqm up to 1000 people.
    • Indoor non-seated venues (e.g. live music) at one person per 4 sqm.
    • Outdoor seated and non-seated venue (e.g. outdoor concert, zoos) at one person per 2 sqm up to 5,000 people, with any indoor spaces at one person per 4 sqm.
  • Events (e.g. music festivals) are open if everyone present is fully vaccinated with crowds of up to 5,000 people outdoors, subject to restrictions on the type of venue. Larger crowd numbers at significant venues (e.g. the MCG) are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Accommodation is open for everyone in a household and up to 10 additional people (including dependants).
  • Tours and tour transport are open if everyone present is fully vaccinated. Tours have limits indoors at one person per 4 sqm, or outdoors at one person per 2 sqm up to 500 people. These density limits do not apply to tour transport.

Isolation protocols

Updated isolation protocols will be in place for new and existing close contacts who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and who don’t live in the same house as someone who has COVID-19.

A close contact is a person who has come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 (such as at work or a public exposure site) and has to quarantine.

Under the new protocols, non-household primary close contacts who are fully vaccinated will only need to quarantine for 7 days, instead of 14. To be released, they will need to return negative test results from a test taken on day 6 of their quarantine.

Household and/or unvaccinated PCCs will still be required to isolate for 14 days. This includes children and people who have a medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination, due to the high risk of transmission in households

Process for new primary close contacts

People who are identified as close contacts after 11:59pm tonight will receive an interactive SMS to determine their eligibility for the reduced 7 day quarantine. Verification and audit measures will be in place, including checking against immunisation records.

If the contact is eligible for the 7 day quarantine period, they will be informed of their quarantine length and sent a subsequent test reminder by SMS to get tested on day 6. If a negative test result is received from a test taken on day 6, the contact can leave quarantine from 11:59pm on day 7 of their quarantine period.

Process for existing primary close contacts

The Department will tomorrow send an SMS to approximately 23,000 existing primary close contacts who we determine may be eligible for reduced quarantine. The SMS will ask if you are fully vaccinated and if you live with a confirmed case. Should a response to the message not be received, you may receive a phone call to verify.

The SMS will advise contacts of their reduced quarantine period and new day 6 testing requirements. It will state:

“You must have a negative test result on day 6 of your quarantine period to be able to finish quarantine. Once you receive your negative test result you can stop quarantining at 11:59pm on your day 7. If you are already past day 6 of your quarantine period, you can get tested immediately and will be free to leave quarantine as soon as you get your negative test result.”

When relevant Chief Health Officer Directions come into place at 11:59pm, this information will be published online at What to do if you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19.


Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering The National Plan

For information on Victoria's  Roadmap and summary of proposed restriction levels visit Victoria's Roadmap.


Go to Information for people with disability - coronavirus (COVID-19) for all the Victorian Health Department resources for people with disabilities. 

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