Update: Victoria to ease restrictions

The State Government has today announced that restrictions following the recent lockdown will ease at 11:59pm tonight. These restrictions will remain in place for a period of two weeks. Whilst operations are still restricted this does represent a slightly faster path out of lockdown for hospitality venues when compared to previous easings of restrictions.

A table describing the changes in restrictions is attached, and a summary of those key changes is as follows:

Personal

1. There is no longer a stay at home requirement and the 5km travel limit is removed. Movement between Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is unrestricted.

2. Schools can open for all year levels.

3. Private gatherings in the home are not permitted. No visitors at all are allowed in your homes. For hospitality operators this will mean that Victorians will likely be looking to gather with their families in hospitality venues.

4. Public gatherings are permitted up to 10 people.

Business

5. Licensed Premises, including food and drink premises, licensed pubs and clubs, karaoke and nightclubs, arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres can open for seated service only subject to:

  • a maximum patron cap of 100 per venue.
  • A group limit of 10 applies.
  • A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.
  • Dancefloors closed.

Food and drink premises smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before the density quotient applies

6. Electronic gaming can open subject to:

  • a maximum of 100 people per venue (or within the overall venue cap)
  • There must be 1.5m between machines or every second machine closed.
  • A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

7. Religious gatherings and ceremonies are permitted for up to 100 people indoors and up to 300 people outdoors. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

8. Funerals and weddings are permitted with up to 50 people. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check in. Dancefloors are not permitted.

9. Physical recreation and community sport can open subject to:

  • a maximum patron cap of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors.
  • A group limit of 10 applies.
  • A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies to all areas.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

10. Indoor fixed seated entertainment can open with up to 100 people per space in indoor fixed seating areas. Outdoor fixed seated entertainment can open up to a maximum of 300 people per outdoor space.  Indoor non-seated entertainment venues can open up to a maximum of 100 people per space. For each of these spaces, a group limit of 10 people applies. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies in non-seated areas. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

11. Outdoor non-seated venues can open with a maximum of 300 people per space. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies in non-seated areas. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

12. Amusement parks can open with a maximum of 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space. A group limit of 10 people applies. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

13. Retail can open subject to the density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm. Check-in is required. A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before the density quotient applies.

14. Hairdressing, beauty and personal care can open. Masks can be removed for service. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies but a venue can have up to 25 patrons before the density quotient applies.

15. If you can work from home you must continue to work from home. Offices can return at up to 25% capacity, or up to 10 people if the total workplace is 40 or less. A limit of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

16. For accommodation the home visitors limits apply which means only one household unit for each accommodation unit. Families cannot holiday together in shared accommodation.

Face Coverings

A mask must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home or if an exception applies.

Masks must be carried at all times.

Masks can be removed for service for hairdressing, beauty and personal care.

Alpine Tourism

Travel to Regional Victorian Alpine Resorts is permitted provided visitors and workers have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. Showing a negative test is a condition of entry into the ski field. Children under 12 years are not included.

Business Support

The Victorian Premier noted today that further business support is anticipated and announcements may be made about this as early as tomorrow. No doubt this will be welcomed by many.

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.