Update: Changes for Dancefloors and Vaccination Mandates

The Victorian Government has today announced a further change in restrictions, as well as changes to the vaccination mandate. The changes will take effect from 11:59pm Wednesday 12 January 2022.

The changes are as follows:

  1. Indoor dancefloors will not be permitted at hospitality and entertainment venues. Outdoor dancefloors are permitted. Where the venue is hosting a wedding indoor dancefloors will be permitted – however hosts are strongly encouraged to locate dancefloors outside where possible.
  2. There are new testing requirements and restrictions on visitors to aged care centres and hospitals.
  3. Workers in manufacturing, distribution and packaging of food and beverages may be exempt from close contact isolation where necessary for continuity of operations. Such workers must be asymptomatic and have daily negative RAT results for 5 days.
  4. Workers in health care, aged care, quarantine accommodation, food distribution (i.e. warehouse and logistics, not retail) and emergency/disability services must have a third dose of vaccination by 12 February 2022 (or within 3 months if they are not yet eligible for a booster). This excludes workers with a valid medical exemption.

Patrons of hospitality and entertainment venues are encouraged to choose seated service – however standing service is still permitted.

The State has again strongly encouraged people to work form home if they can do so, but there are no mandatory closures of workplaces or other restrictions on staffing.

Further updates will be provided as any additional changes are announced.

This update does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest and it is not intended to be comprehensive. You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.

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