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As of 12 April 2021

From 11.59pm on Friday 9 April 2021, Victoria has further relaxed its COVIDSafe settings.

Face masks

  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
  • Face masks must be worn in the following settings, unless an exception applies:
    • on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride share vehicles, and in tour vehicles
    • by visitors to a hospital or care facility (while indoors)
    • on flights to and from Victoria
    • indoors at airports
    • if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care or to get tested
    • while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care (except as part of a surveillance or other asymptomatic testing program)
    • while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Social gatherings

  • You can have up to 100 visitors to your home per day. The visitor cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • Up to 200 people can meet outdoors in a public place. The cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.

Travel

  • The latest travel information is available on the travel updates page.
  • Travellers must comply with the requirements of their permit, including COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine or self-isolation requirements (as applicable).

Work, study and volunteering

  • On-site office work is no longer capped. Workers in the private and public sectors can return to work at 100 per cent capacity.
  • A density limit of one person per two square metres only applies in spaces that are accessible to the general public, including lobbies and reception areas. It does not apply in any office area that is not accessible by members of the public, including private offices, open plan offices, internal meeting rooms and shared spaces such as kitchens, lunchrooms and bathrooms.
  • All workplaces with on-site workers require a COVID Safe Plan.

Hospitals and care facilities

  • There are no limits on the number of people who may visit or access hospitals or care facilities.
  • Face masks must be worn by visitors to hospitals and care facilities (whilst indoors), unless an exception applies.

Entertainment and culture

  • Seated areas at indoor and outdoor entertainment, cultural and sporting venues can use 100% of their seated capacity up to a maximum of 1,000 patrons per space. The density quotient still applies at these venues in non-seated spaces e.g. bathrooms and lobbies.
  • These venues include theatres, cinemas, music halls, concert halls, auditoriums, galleries, museums, and sports and physical recreation facilities.
  • Non-seated venues will continue to be required to apply a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, except unstaffed gyms (such as 24-hour gyms), which have a four-square metre rule.
  • Non seated venues (outdoor) do not have patron caps but density limits apply.
  • Non-seated venues (indoor) are capped at 75% capacity and density limits apply.
  • No cap on dance floors, but density limits apply, depending on the venue type.
  • Casinos to 75 per cent of venue capacity.
  • All venues must use the Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital system, to maintain electronic record keeping.

Sport and exercise

  • No cap on gym and exercise classes (indoors or outdoors).
  • Indoor physical recreation and community sports facilities can operate subject to changed density limits of 1 per 2sqm when staffed.
  • Density limit of 1 person per two square metres. Except for unstaffed gyms, which must apply a density limit of 1 person per four square metres.
  • Unstaffed gyms must apply a density limit of one person per four square metres.

Community venues

  • No visitor caps but density limits continue to apply.

Accommodation

  • No limits on booking sizes.
  • However, private gatherings at accommodation are capped at the booking household (and the intimate partners of anyone in the booking household) plus up to 100 people from any number of households. Infants 12 months and under are excluded from private gathering limits.
  • No dancefloor caps.
  • Tourism spaces and groups – no patron caps but density limits apply

Religion and ceremony

  • Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur in commercial venues.
  • The density and capacity limits will depend on the type of venue.
  • If conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (100 visitors, the celebrant and a photographer are not counted).

Electronic record keeping

  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria stay safe and stay open.
  • The following industries, venues and facilities must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital system, to maintain electronic record keeping from 26 March (a 28-day compliance amnesty will be in place until April 23):
    • Hospitality
    • Physical recreation and community sport (indoor and outdoor)
    • Pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs
    • Community venues and facilities (including libraries and toy libraries)
    • Creative arts facilities
    • Real estate
    • Entertainment venues (such as galleries,  zoos and live museums)
    • Arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres
    • Drive-in cinemas
    • Amusement parks
    • Gaming
    • Adult entertainment
    • Nightclubs
    • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services
    • Tourism spaces
  • It is highly recommended that public markets, stalls, retail and shopping centres enable electronic record keeping via the free Victorian Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital record keeping system from 26 March.

The Victorian Government will pump billions of dollars into the economy to help Victorian businesses and workers survive the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Treasurer Tim Pallas announced a $1.7 billion economic survival and jobs package, which has been developed following discussions at National Cabinet and complements the work of the Federal Government.

As part of the package, the Government will provide full payroll tax refunds for the 2019-20 financial year to small and medium-sized businesses with payroll of less than $3 million – giving $550 million back to businesses who need it.

Payments will start flowing next week and will save eligible business up to $113,975 a year, with businesses saving an average of $23,000. These businesses employ around 400,000 workers. This assistance is a refund, not a loan.

The same businesses will also be able to defer any payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year until 1 January 2021, freeing up a further $83 million in cashflow.

Commercial tenants in government buildings can apply for rent relief – a move private landlords are also being encouraged to undertake – and 2020 land tax payments will be deferred for eligible small businesses.

The Government will pay all outstanding supplier invoices within five business days – releasing up to $750 million into the economy earlier. The private sector is urged to do the same where possible. The Government will also support the hospitality sector by waiving liquor licensing fees for 2020 for affected venues and small businesses.

The package includes a $500 million Business Support Fund. The fund will support the hardest hit sectors including hospitality, tourism, accommodation, arts and entertainment, and retail.

The Government will work with the Victorian Chamber, Australian Hotels Association and Ai Group to administer the fund, which will help these businesses – which may not be eligible for payroll tax refunds due to their size – survive and keep people in work.

The Government will establish a $500 million Working for Victoria Fund in consultation with the Victorian Council of Social Services and Victorian Trades Hall Council. The fund will help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities, including work cleaning public infrastructure or delivering food – providing vital contributions to our state’s response to the pandemic and affording those Victorians security when its needed most.

The Government will also facilitate job matching to help Victorians find short-term or casual roles.

Due to the ongoing economic uncertainty the pandemic is causing, the 2020-21 Victorian Budget will be deferred – in line with all other Australian Governments and agreed by National Cabinet. The Government’s base review outcomes will also be deferred.

The comprehensive package has been developed to support small and medium sized businesses, and the Government is asking businesses to do whatever they can to support their workers.