Update: Further easing of restrictions

The State Government has today announced a further easing of restrictions in both Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne effective from 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021. A table describing the changes in restrictions is attached, and a summary of those key changes are as follows:

What are the changes to restrictions?

Metropolitan Melbourne

Restrictions will ease in Metropolitan Melbourne from 11:59pm Thursday 17 June 2021 as follows:

  1. There is no longer a 25 kilometre travel limit and movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is unrestricted, however travel to the Victorian Alpine Resorts requires evidence of a negative COVID test within 72 hours.
  2. Outdoor public gatherings are increased from 10 to 20 people.
  3. Restaurants and cafés and other licensed premises can open for seated service with a maximum of 150 patrons per venue, and with a maximum of 75 patrons indoors. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies to all indoor and outdoor spaces. Smaller venues can have up to 25 patrons on the premises before they must comply with the density quotient. This means that a venue that can ordinarily have 25 patrons but has, for instance, only 40sqm of usable floor area, can have up to 25 patrons on the premises.
  4. Gaming machine areas can open to a maximum of 50 people per venue within the overall hospitality cap. A density quotient of 1 per person per 4sqm applies. Every second machine must be closed or there must be 1.5 metres between machines.
  5. Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres and brothels can open with a maximum of 50 people. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  6. Non-seated indoor entertainment venues can open with a maximum of 75 people per venue. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  7. Seated entertainment, amusement parks, non-seated outdoor venues, drive-in cinemas, retail betting venues and accommodation are permitted to re-open subject to conditions.
  8. Retail, beauty and personal care can open for service. Masks can be removed for service and a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.  
  9. Religious ceremonies will be capped at 150 people with no more than 75 people indoors. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Funerals have a limit of 75 people and weddings are limited to 20 people.
  10. Offices will be capped at 50 per cent capacity or a maximum of 20 people; whichever is greater. People are still encouraged to work from home if they can.
  11. Indoor sports and recreation facilities, including gyms, dance studios, can open subject to conditions.
  12. Karaoke and nightclubs can open for seated service with a maximum of 50 people indoors, subject to density quotients of 1 person per 4sqm. Dancefloors are not permitted.
  13. Two visitors per day (plus dependents) will be permitted to gather in private residences.

Regional Victoria

Restrictions will further ease in Regional Victoria from 11:59pm Thursday 17 June 2021 as follows:

  1. Outdoor public gatherings can increase to 50 people.
  2. Patron capacities in restaurants and cafes will increase to a maximum patron capacity of 300 people per venue – including all indoor and outdoor spaces. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies to all indoor and outdoor spaces. Venues that are less than 600sqm in total size can operate with a reduced density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm up to a venue capacity of 150, provided the venues have a COVID Marshal while the premises is in operation who is stationed at the entrance to confirm all entrants have completed a QR Code check-in before entry. As with Metropolitan Melbourne, smaller venues can have up to 25 patrons on the premises before a density quotient applies.
  3. Electronic gaming is permitted with a maximum of 300 people per venue within the overall hospitality cap. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Every second machine must be closed or there must be 1.5 metres between machines.
  4. Arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres are open to a maximum of 300 people per venue, with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm.
  5. Funerals are capped at 100 attendees, weddings at 50.
  6. Offices are capped at 75% or up to 30 people, whichever is greater.
  7. Visitors to the home are permitted. This is limited to 5 adults per day plus dependents to any household.

Masks

Masks are no longer required outdoors where social distancing can be maintained. Masks are still required in all indoor areas, subject to exemptions such as while eating and drinking or in strenuous exercise.

As always our office will monitor changes in the situation, provide further updates, and address any queries you may have.

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.