Update: Victorian lockdown to end at 11:59pm tonight

On Friday afternoon the State Government announced a 5-day lockdown to respond to cases of community transmission. This morning, the State Government has confirmed that the lockdown will end, as scheduled, at 11:59pm tonight.

Following conclusion of the lockdown, the State will return to more or less the same restrictions that were in effect from 7 December 2020 up until 12 February 2021, subject to some additional restrictions that will remain in place until 11:59 on Friday 26 February 2021.

The Premier stated that there was no intention to further relax the existing restrictions earlier than 26 February 2021.

What restrictions will be in effect?

The State Government has published a table summarising the restrictions for the next period, a copy of which is attached.

The restrictions that will remain in effect are as follows:

  • Masks mandatory in all indoor space, and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance.
  • Limit on indoor private residential gatherings to 5. This number will be increased on 26 February 2021.
  • Public gatherings of up to 20 people.

Businesses will resume operations generally in accordance with the ‘COVIDSafe Summer’ conditions which were in effect since 7 December 2020. Broadly, those include:

  • Private and public sector to return to work at 50% capacity.
  • Hospitality venues will operate with a density quotient of 1 patron per 2 square metres across both indoor and outdoor areas with no overall patron cap in indoor or outdoor areas. This is subject to venues having an electronic QR code for patron registration. Where venues do not have this in place, then they remain subject to a 1 patron per 4sqm density quotient
  • No cap on events for weddings, funerals and religious gatherings (subject to compliance with density quotient)
  • Dance floors permitted to operate with up to 50 patrons with a density quotient of 1 patron per 4 sqm.
  • Standing (i.e. non-seated) service will return, meaning patrons can consume food and or liquor without being seated.
  • Seated and non-seated indoor/outdoor entertainment facilities to resume operation subject to capacity restrictions, and limitations on 300 ‘per space’
  • Sport and recreation and recommence subject to capacity and density restrictions.

There was no specific mention of electronic gaming, however we consider that they will resume operation in accordance with the permitted operation prior to 12 February 2021.

More information regarding specific operations will be provided once written directions are published overnight.

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.