Update: Indoor Density Limits Reintroduced for Hospitality and Entertainment

The Victorian Government has today announced a minor change in restrictions as a result of the substantial volumes of positive COVID-19 over recent days. The changes will take effect from 11:59pm tonight.

Density limits of one person per 2 square metres will be introduced indoors at hospitality venues and entertainment venues (except for cinemas and seated theatres).

These restrictions are in addition to the changes to mask-wearing, which were introduced just prior to Christmas and remain in force. The current restrictions require masks to be worn by all Victorians aged 8 and over in indoor settings, excluding the family home. Masks are also be required at all major events with over 30,000 attendees, both indoors and outdoors, and must be worn whilst moving around. Masks can be removed by patrons at outdoor major events whilst seated.

There are no other changes to group limits, overall venue caps, nor any changes to outdoor operations. The Government is encouraging patrons to opt for seated service and use of outdoor areas to try and reducing mingling and the spread of the Omicron Variant, however standing service and dance floors are legally permitted to operate.

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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