On Sunday, after 37 days without any new cases of coronavirus, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews eased restrictions on gatherings in the home, the use of masks and is moving towards a system of density limits rather than caps on the numbers of people at hospitality venues.
The new COVIDSafe Summer restrictions were effective as of 11:59pm Sunday 6th December 2020 and are expected to be in place all summer. The restrictions will be reviewed regularly to ensure they reflect current public health advice.
These eased restrictions will let Victorians get back to doing the things they love, while also protecting everything we have worked so hard to achieve this year.
This means that:
- You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
- Wearing a face mask is only mandatory on public transport, while in taxis or ride share vehicles, or when going to large retail venues, including shopping centres, supermarkets and department stores.
- Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended indoors and outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
- You can have up to 30 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.
- Up to 100 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
- Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria to stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service.
- Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs can open for seated and unseated service. They must use electronic record keeping and apply the two square metre rule to ensure that customers have enough room to keep 1.5 metres between themselves and others. There are no other limits on the number of customers. Venues can have up to 25 people before the two square metre rule needs to be applied.
- Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur with no limits on the number of guests or attendees. To ensure people can keep 1.5 metres distance the venue must apply the two square metre rule. If a service is conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (30 visitors).
- Dance floors can reopen in bars and pubs as well as at weddings. The four-square metre rule must be applied to limit the number of people on the dance floor and there can only be up to 50 people on the dancefloor at one time, if space allows.
- There are also changes to the number of people allowed at community facilities such as libraries, sporting facilities (such as gyms), and entertainment facilities (such as cinemas).
From the 11th of January Private Sector companies will be allowed to have 50 per cent of employees back into their offices and Public Sector will see 25 per cent of staff return. Increasing to 50 per cent on the 8th of February.
Decisions about the number of people who can attend major events will be negotiated on an event-by-event basis.
The Premier has said the restrictions as they now stand are here to stay for a significant period of time and will continue to be driven by science and data.
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