Business restrictions - all of state

 

Updated 24 March 2021, 10:45am

From 6pm Friday 26 March 2021, Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, with the following applying:

  • Masks are not required in retail settings, however, must be carried at all times and will remain mandatory when travelling on public transport or a commercial passenger vehicle. A person who is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 must wear a face covering.
  • Up to 100 visitors can visit a home in a day (infants under 12 months are not counted in the cap). Visitors may be from any number of households and may visit either together or separately.
  • Outdoor gatherings in public places increase to 200 people.
  • On-site office work will no longer be capped for both private and public sectors.

A media release and further details of industry restrictions can be found on the Victorian Premier’s website.

 


Working directive

From 6pm 26 March

  • Workers may attend onsite as required. On-site office work will no longer be capped (both public and private sectors).
  • All open businesses and services must have a COVIDSafe Plan focused on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace.
  • For businesses and industries that fall into grey areas when it comes to their operation, the dedicated Industry Coordination Centre within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will consider their case. They can be contacted through the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Access member only resources that can help you keep workers safe on site or at home. 

If you need more support contact our Health, Safety and Wellbeing team:

03 8662 5196 
HSW@victorianchamber.com.au
Online enquiries

For information and assistance on any aspect of your employment obligations, the Victorian Chamber Workplace Relations Advice Line can help.

03 8662 5222

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Hospitality

  • Density quotient of one person per 2m2 for indoor and outdoor hospitality venues
  • No requirement for seated service.
  • All venues are required to use the Services Victoria App or a government API-linked digital system for electronic record keeping (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty).
  • Food courts: Indoor and outdoor food courts open with a density quotient of one per 2sqm. No patron cap for indoor food courts.

A summary of industry restrictions and FAQs are available via the Victorian Government website

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Education and childcare

  • Childcare and early education: Open
  • School: Open
  • Adult education: Open with no density quotient required in classroom settings

A summary of industry restrictions and FAQs are available via the Victorian Government website

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Personal services (hair and beauty services)

  • Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies.
  • All venues are required to use the Services Victoria App or a government API-linked digital system for electronic record keeping (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty). 

A summary of industry restrictions and FAQs are available via the Victorian Government website

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Shopping retail and real estate services

  • Retail (e.g. supermarkets, other retail) to apply density quotient of one person per 2sqm, with record keeping where practicable.
  • Real estate: Inspections and auctions operating with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm. Mandatory use of electronic record keeping through the Services Victoria App or a government API-linked digital system (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty).

A summary of industry restrictions and FAQs are available via the Victorian Government website

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Entertainment and leisure

From 6pm 26 March

  • Seated entertainment venues (indoors and outdoors) are open up to 75 per cent of fixed seated capacity with maximum patron cap of 1000 people.
    • Density quotient of one person per 2sqm in foyers, bars, bathrooms etc and outdoor spaces.
    • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Arrangements for large events determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework.
  • Indoor non-seated venues (such as galleries) are open up to 75 per cent total capacity with maximum patron cap of 1000 people per space
    • Density quotient of one person per 2sqm Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Arrangements for large events determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework.
  • Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (such as zoos, live museums) are open with no patron limits and a density quotient of one person per 2sqm.
    • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online
    • Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres are open with no maximum patron caps and a density quotient of one person per 2sqm.
  • Drive in cinemas are open
    • In areas outside of vehicles, density quotient of one person per 2m2
    • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Amusement parks are open up to 75 per cent of venue capacity.
    • Density quotient of one person per 2sqm applies indoors and outdoors.
    • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Gaming venues are open with a density quotient of one person per 2m2and no seated service requirement. Adult entertainment venues are open
  • Brothels and sex on premises venues open with a density quotient of one person per 2sqm and no patron cap. Strip club venues are open with a density quotient of one person per 2sqm and no seated service requirement.
  • Nightclubs are open, standing service permitted.
    • Density quotient of one person per 2m2 with no patron limit.
  • All venues must use electronic record keeping through the Services Victoria App or a government API-linked digital system (venue will have a 28-day compliance amnesty).

A summary of industry restrictions and FAQs are available via the Victorian Government website.

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Sport and exercise

  • Indoor physical recreation and community sport permitted with no patron caps and a density quotient of one person per 4sqm for each space.
    • Gym and exercise classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class).
    • COVID Marshals required when gyms are staffed.
    • At times when gyms are unstaffed, a density quotient of one person per 8sqm applies.
    • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Outdoor physical recreation and community sport permitted up to a maximum of 100 patrons for outdoor fitness classes with a density quotient of one person per 2sqm.
    • Record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs indoor venues open with a density quotient of one person per 4sqm.
    • Outdoor pools open with a density quotient of one person per 2sqm.
    • Record keeping is required.

A summary of industry restrictions and FAQs are available via the Victorian Government website

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Ceremonies and religious gatherings

  • Weddings: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors, density quotient of one person per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of one person per 4sqm applies.
    • If held in a private residence, the private gathering limit of 30 people applies.
  • Funerals: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors, density quotient of one person per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of one person per 4sqm applies.
    • If held in a private residence, the private gathering limit of 30 people applies.
  • Ceremonies and religious gatherings: Density quotient of one person per 2sqm applies.
    • Venues using the density quotient of one person per 2sqm must use electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of one person per 4sqm applies.
    • Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time

A summary of industry restrictions and FAQs are available via the Victorian Government website.

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Community venues including libraries and toy libraries

  • Community venues and facilities including libraries and toy libraries: No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping. If not using electronic record keeping a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies.
  • Creative arts facilities: No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping. 

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Accommodation and travel

  • Accommodation bookings restricted to the private gathering limit. The person or household booking the accommodation can have up to 30 visitors.
  • Tourism spaces and groups: no patron cap on tour groups. Masks must be worn on tour transport.
  • Intrastate travel: Allowed.
  • Interstate travel: Continued international border controls. State border controls activated in case of outbreak

A summary of industry restrictions and FAQs are available via the Victorian Government website.

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Warehousing, wholesaling, postal and distribution

  • Can operate with a COVIDSafe Plan.

Further details can be found on the vic.gov.au website

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Construction

  • Can operate at 100 per cent workforce capacity with a COVIDSafe Plan.

Further details can be found on the vic.gov.au website

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Manufacturing

  • Open with a COVIDSafe Plan.

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website

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