The Victorian Government has today announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. A press statement is attached.
From 6:00pm Friday 18 February, new pandemic orders will come into place. Relevant changes to restrictions are as follows:
- Density quotients in place at hospitality and entertainment venues will be removed. All venues will return to their ordinary patron capacities.
- Indoor dancefloors can re-open at hospitality and entertainment venues for events other than weddings.
- QR check-in requirements will no longer be in place at retail venues, schools and for employees at many workplaces.
- QR check-in and vaccination check requirements will continue to be in place in all ‘vaccinated economy’ settings such as hospitality and entertainment venues. There is therefore no change to existing practices for check-ins in hospitality and entertainment venues. No announcements have been made regarding any change to the existing requirements to have a COVID Marshal stationed at each patron entrance – we will confirm this position when the new orders are published.
Mask requirements will remain in place in indoor settings consistent with existing restrictions.
The Minister will consider changes to office-based settings from next week to determine whether it is appropriate to remove the recommendation that Victorians work from home. The Minister will also consider easing restrictions such as face mask requirements in office-based settings.
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.