Corona Virus 20 November

How we live: Information for Victorians

See current COVIDSafe settings in Victoria for living and working, dining and shopping, using services, seeing others, getting active and more.

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Staying COVIDSafe

Almost all restrictions have eased for fully vaccinated Victorians, but some COVID-19 risks still remain. There are things we can all do to make ourselves and others safer. As you live and work, remember these COVIDSafe principles:

  • We recommend wearing a mask if you can’t physically distance, have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.
    • Masks are required indoors at retail, health, care and justice facilities, at primary schools, and on public transport/taxis/rideshare. See the Face masks page for information about where masks are required.
  • You can reduce risks by maintaining 1.5 metre distance from others where possible, using hand sanitiser and practising good hygiene.
  • Ventilation and air filtration helps. Consider opening windows to let the fresh air blow through or catching up with friends outside.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been advised to get tested by a contact, workplace or school, get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you get a negative result.
  • If you have COVID-19, or you are a household contact, you need to quarantine. If your symptoms get rapidly worse, please seek help. Visit the hospital if it’s an emergency.
  • Remember to check in everywhere every time using the Service Victoria App.
  • Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’re at a much higher risk of going to hospital. Book an appointment today.

Current COVIDSafe Settings

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Vaccination requirements

Many venues can only open for people (including workers) who are fully vaccinated or excepted.

On this page, fully vaccinated means someone who:

  • has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • has a valid medical exemption, or
  • is under the age of 12 and two months.

This page lists venues you can only attend or work at if you are fully vaccinated. Vaccination requirements apply to everyone aged over 12 years and two months, unless you have a valid medical exemption from an authorised medical practitioner.

Many workers are also required to be fully vaccinated if they are leaving home for work, regardless of whether their place of work is open for fully vaccinated patrons. See more information about workers required to be vaccinated.

Going out

Venues you can attend if you are fully vaccinated include:

  • food and drink venues (e.g. restaurants and pubs)
  • nightlife venues (e.g. bars and nightclubs)
  • entertainment venues (e.g. cinemas, zoos)
  • events (e.g. festivals, fun runs and conferences)
  • tourism venues (e.g. walking tours, buses)
  • casinos/gaming venues and adult entertainment venues

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter these venues.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to food and drink venues operating for takeaway only.

Getting active

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend sporting and recreation facilities (e.g. sports grounds, gyms and swimming pools) and sporting events.

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to people involved in community sport (e.g. a local footy match) or people using swimming pools for essential medical care like hydrotherapy.

Getting goods and services

Venues you can attend if you are fully vaccinated include:

  • non-essential retail stores (e.g. books and jewellery shops)
  • personal services (e.g. a hairdresser and beauty parlour)
  • community premises (e.g. a library) and creative arts premises
  • real estate services (inspection and auction)

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.

If vaccination status isn’t being checked:

  • real estate inspections can go ahead by private appointment for a single household, and the estate agent does not enter the premises during the inspection.
  • community facilities can host essential public support groups, support services and health services in limited numbers.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to essential retail stores (e.g. supermarkets, post office).

Seeing others

There are no limits to the number of people you can gather with in your home or in public places (e.g. a park or a beach).

We strongly recommend that everyone who you are gathering with at your home or in a public place is fully vaccinated.

Weddings, funerals and worship

If everyone present is fully vaccinated, you can host or attend weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies at places of worship with no limits on density or attendance.

If vaccination status isn’t being checked, these events are restricted to one person per 4 sqm up to a maximum of 50 people per facility. The cap at funerals doesn’t include those required to conduct the funeral and the cap at weddings doesn’t include the marrying couple, celebrant or photographer.

Work, education and childcare

Workplaces are open, but you must be fully vaccinated if:

  • you are working somewhere that’s only open for fully vaccinated people (e.g. restaurant), or
  • if you are a worker or volunteer who is required to be vaccinated if working outside home.

Schools, childcare centres and early childhood education are open to all ages. Masks must be worn indoors at school by staff, visitors and students in primary school.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend adult education facilities (e.g. university, TAFE). If you are not fully vaccinated, you can’t enter unless it cannot be taught online.

Travel

There are no limits on travel or accommodation in Victoria.

We strongly recommend that people staying in accommodation venues in Victoria (e.g. hotels, Airbnb) are fully vaccinated.

Vaccination requirements still apply to relevant settings within an accommodation complex, such as a restaurant or a gym.

There are no limits on leaving Victoria, but travel may be impacted by rules at your destination. Check before you book. When you return, you must obtain a permit from Service Victoria and follow your permit conditions and requirements.

High-risk settings

There are limits on attending high-risk settings, even if you’re fully vaccinated.

Residents at care facilities can have up to five visitors per day including dependents for any reason. We strongly recommend that all residents and visitors are fully vaccinated.

Visitors to hospitals are still limited to a small number of circumstances, such as end-of-life.

See Visiting hospitals and Visiting care facilities below for more information.

Masks are still compulsory indoors in many settings. See Face masks – when to wear a face mask for more information on where masks are required.Open all

  • Visiting hospitals
    • Visiting care facilities