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The world is in a difficult time right now with the coronavirus (COVID-19), making people unsure about what's going on and if we're safe.

Confirmed cases thankfully are dropping in Victoria due to all our hard work, so it's important you stay up-to-date with the changing restriction happening throughout the State.

You need to follow the restrictions so you and your family and friends can stay safe.

Below are the latest Victorian priority restriction updates. (please use links to DHHS COVID webpages for any information not listed.

Metropolitan Melbourne restrictions

Metropolitan Melbourne has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community and public health advice. 

COVIDSafe principles
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Don't go to work if you feel sick or unwell
  • Physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Outdoor activities

Victorian police will have additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions. Fines of up to $10,000 can apply for breaching these restrictions. A fine of $4,957 can be issued to a person who is found to breach the requirement to be self-isolating for a second or subsequent time.

The full list of restrictions can be found here.

Regional Victoria restrictions

Regional Victoria has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in regional Victoria

COVIDSafe principles
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Don't go to work if you feel sick or unwell
  • Physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Outdoor activities

Victorian police will have additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions. Fines of up to $1,600 can apply for breaching these restrictions. A fine of $4,957 can be issued to a person who is found to breach the requirement to be self-isolating for a second or subsequent time.

The full list of restrictions can be found here.

From 11.59pm, Tuesday 27 October 2020:

Stay within 25km of your home, except for permitted reasons such as work or education if these cannot be done at home

  • Masks will continue to be compulsory – ensuring that if we do have to be out, it’s in the safest way possible.
  • Socialising:
    • Outdoor gathering of up to 10 people from any number of households can meet (not at a home)
    • there is no time limit
    • within 25km of their home
    • (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)
  • Home visits
    • These are limited to stop people running from house to house
    • Up to 2 adults (18 years old and over) from the same home and any of their dependents who cant be left home alone, can visit 1 house once a day.
    • Visitors must be from the same household
    • Anyone who has visited someone or has been visited that day, cannot go out and visit another house. If you get visited that's your visit used up for the day as well.
    • If anyone from your house has visited or been visited that's it, both homes can't visit indoors again until the following day. 
    • Please keep a record of who visits your home in
    • case there's an outbreak and they can be contacted immediately
  • People living alone (includes single parents with kids) stays the same.
    • 1 nominated person can visit your home once a day to form a 'bubble'. 
  • Outdoor physical recreation and personal training:
    • A household or up to 10 people in any group (trainer is additional to group)
    • Outdoor fitness or dance classes:
      • Open for outdoor classes, up to 10 people, trainer not included in cap
      • Shared equipment may be used if cleaned between each user and comply with density and other requirements
    • Community sport:
      • Outdoor contact sport allowed for people 18 and under: - Limited to minimum number of people to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. soccer may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires) - One spectator per child permissible for supervision purposes
      • Outdoor non-contact sport: allowed for adults and people 18 and under - Limited to minimum number of people to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. cricket may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires) - Non-contact means participants must be able to maintain distance of 1.5m
    • Outdoor communal gym equipment: Open, no change
    • Outdoor swimming pools (including swimming lessons): Limited to the density quotient of the pool itself or 50 per pool, whichever is smaller, other than for the following exceptions o Exclusive use by a single school at any one time for education purposes o Exclusive use for community sport
    • Publicly accessible playgrounds: open, no change
    • Play centres: closed, no change
    • Skateparks: outdoor open, indoor closed
    • Trampolining centres: outdoor open, indoor closed
  • Shopping & retail:
    • Preparation for opening – staff can enter the premises to prepare for opening: customer-facing facilities including hospitality, retail and entertainment may return
    • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services: open with requirement that only services where the client can wear a face covering are permitted (e.g. manicures, pedicures, body waxing, tattooing)
    • Market stalls: open
    • Auction houses: open
    • Other retail: open
  • Workers who can work away from home are: Frontline responders (with permits) and those in the permitted business categories.
    • These distance, gathering and time limits won’t apply for work, medical care or compassionate reasons.
    • Non-essential outdoor home maintenance can take place, with up to five workers
    • A full list of Business and Industry information can be found here.
  • Health services:
    • All allied health professionals currently operating will be able to resume routine face-to-face care
    • there has been a relaxing in some areas such as visiting people in hospital (Full list of restrictions can be found here)
  • Hospitality preparations for opening (staff can enter the premises to prepare for opening but must not serve customers): customer-facing facilities including hospitality, retail and entertainment that are reopening may return to work following announcement
    • Food and drink facilities: open for seated indoor and outdoor service (both food and/or drink): o Maximum 10 people per group, seated 1.5m from other groups
    • For indoor space: open with a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 20 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density requirements (1 per 4m2)
    • For outdoor space: Open with cap of 50 patrons per venue outdoors subject to density requirements (1 per 2m2) o Live music permitted outdoors only with band included in venue limit, members must be at least two metres apart, wear a face mask (except limited exemptions). Other requirements apply
    • Hospitality in arenas/racetracks: hospitality venues in other sectors such as sports arenas are subject to the same restrictions as other hospitality if open to the public
    • Food courts: open o Indoor seating: a maximum of two people per table, venue limited to the lesser of 25 per cent of a venue’s fixed seating capacity or a density quotient of one person per eight square metres. This would be subject to regular cleaning and taking of names
    • Outdoor space: Outdoor areas with a maximum of 50 diners per area, group limit of 10, each area separated by 10 metres from the next. Maximum of 4 areas (200 people) 
  • Public transport services will be reduced during curfew hours and the Night Network will be suspended. 
  • Funerals up to 20 people (infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral not included in the limit).
  • Weddings: with up to 10 people (include the couple, two witnesses and celebrant)
  • Ceremonies and religious gatherings
    • Indoor religious gatherings:
      • Allowed for up to 10 people, plus one faith leader o Strict requirements to be contained in a COVIDSafe Plan
      • Can only have one gathering at a time whether indoor or outdoor
    • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies:
      • up to 20 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship
      • Can only have one gathering at a time whether indoor or outdoor
    • Private worship: allowed for a household, and two adults and any of their children or dependents, plus a faith leader
  • Childcare is open with n-home child minding allowed for all children
  • Schools  on-site learning for all year levels
    • Grade 6 & Year 12 Graduations: o permitted if within the existing grade cohort (e.g whole grade six cohort, not individual classes) 
    • students and staff only (no parents). Can be broadcast for parents
    • COVIDSafe requirements
  • Libraries and toy libraries: open to facilitate collection and return of books/toys or home delivery, plus: o Outdoor activities permitted for up to 
  • Adult education - only onsite for those on permitted list
  • Real Estate
    • inspections allowed in accordance with record keeping requirements and density quotients, up to a maximum of 10 people from two households excluding the real estate agent
    • auctions: can be conducted outdoors and in accordance with up to 10 members of the public, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction and the owners and/or residents of the property
  • Pet grooming: retail pet groomers permitted where contactless service can be provided to clients (mobile closed)
  • Entertainment, leisure and travel:

    • Preparation for opening – staff can enter the premises to prepare for opening: customer-facing facilities including hospitality, retail and entertainment may return
    • Indoor venues: Theatre, cinema, auditorium, gallery, museum, arena, stadium, open for broadcast only
    • Non-seated outdoor spaces, excluding events:
      • outdoor spaces open with density quotient; indoor spaces closed
      • requirement for COVIDSafe Plan and venues with 500 or more capacity at one time must publish their COVID Safe Plan online prior to opening
    • Seated outdoor spaces with fixed or allocated seated spaces/ zones:
      • Outdoor spaces open:
        • Maximum 10 people per group, groups must be 1.5m apart from each other and seated
        • If fixed seating: patron cap of 50 people or 25% of the venue’s fixed seat capacity, whichever is lower
        • If no fixed seating but allocated seated spaces/zones: density quotient and maximum of 50 patrons at the venue
      • Drive-in cinemas: outdoor space open, no seating outside vehicles permitted
      • Arenas and stadiums: can operate for exclusive use by a single school at any one time for education purposes, for professional sport or broadcast
      • Retail betting venue:
        • If wholly contained within a licensed premise: open, subject to licensed venue and retail restrictions
        • If not wholly contained within a licensed premise: open subject to retail restrictions
      • Arcade, amusement park, escape room, casino, gaming machine area, bingo centre, brothels, sex on premises venues: no change

Tourism (tours and transport)

  • Indoor spaces: closed
  • Outdoor spaces: open, but each group restricted to up 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the tour
  • Tour transport: permitted in open air vehicles, for groups of up to 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the tour

Further changes to restrictions are up for review by 8 November.

From 11.59pm, Sunday 18 October 2020: 

  • Masks and face coverings will continue to be compulsory – ensuring that if we do have to be out, it’s in the safest way possible.
  • Socialising: 
    • up to two people plus dependents will be allowed to visit people in their homes once per day.
    • leave home - no restrictions on reasons to leave home or distance you can travel (except travel to areas with higher restrictions) but stay safe
    • public gatherings - up to 10 people outdoors
    • visitors to the home - create a ‘household bubble’ with one nominated household allowing up to 5 visitors from that household at a time (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)
    • no curfew in place
  • Exercising: 
    • Outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people aged 18 and younger
    • non-contact indoor sport allowed for under 18s
    • outdoor non-contact sport only for adults, with gathering and density limits
    • outdoor skateparks open
    • outdoor fitness for groups of 10 people
    • indoor pools will open for a maximum of 20 swimmers who are 18 and under
    • one-on-one hydrotherapy sessions will also be permitted
    • full sport and exercise restriction details can be found here
  • Workers: 
    • work from home if you can
    • A full list of Business and Industry information can be found here.
  • Shopping, personal services, eating and drinking out:

    • hospitality - 40 people indoors (4 groups of 10) and up to 70 outdoors 
    • retail - all open, hairdressing and beauty services where a face covering can be worn for the duration of service
    • real estate - private inspections by appointment only, auctions outdoors subject to gathering limits
    • Libraries and toy libraries will open with up to 20 people
  • Childcare - open
  • Schools - staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in Term 4 with safety measures in place
  • Adult education - learn from home if you can
  • Funerals up to 20 people (infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral not included in the limit).
  • Weddings: up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant.
  • Religion: outdoor religious gatherings for up to 20 people plus a faith leader, places of worship open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader
  • Entertainment, leisure and travel:

    • travel within Victoria - allowed across all areas in the Third Step (except travel to areas with higher restrictions)
    • entertainment - outdoor venues and events open, subject to pre-approved plans
    • accommodation - open, with caps per the social bubble

Move to the next step can start when:

  • subject to public health advice, from 23 November if we get to zero new cases state-wide for 14 days, we can move to the Last Step.  

 

 

Wearing masks and face coverings information

If you test positive to COVID-19 and need to take time off work to isolate

There is a one-off $1,500 worker support payment available to support Victorian workers who have to self-isolate. People should call 1800 675 398 (option 8) to register for support. There is also a $300 payment for any worker tested for coronavirus who needs to take time off work while awaiting results.

 

If you feel sick 

Available who shows symptoms of coronavirus, such as breathing difficulties, sore throat, cough, and fever can go for a free test.

  • Get tested if you're not feeling well. Call your local ACCO or the COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 to find out where.
  • Talk with our employer and try to work-from-home for 14 days (if you’re well enough) if you're showing any symptoms of, or have been to exposed to any confirmed persons with COVID-19.
  • Contact your employer and self-isolate for 14 days, if you've just returned from overseas.  
  • Keep-up-to date with the latest COVID-19 information

We're a high-risk group (due to higher rates of pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease) so it's important that if we have coronavirus symptoms - we get tested early.

 

Call your local ACCO or the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 to see where you can get tested.