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Gatherings and work – Victoria

Current as of 18 January 2021, at 10:45 AEST

All of Victoria is under COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

You must wear a fitted face mask in the following settings — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one:

  • public transport
  • rideshares or taxis
  • shopping centres, including retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • indoor markets
  • large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as supermarkets, department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores and hardware stores
  • domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • airports
  • working in or visiting hospitals and care facilities

You must carry a mask with you at all times — unless you have a lawful reason not to. You should also wear a face mask when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres from other people.

For more information, go to the Victorian Government’s restrictions page at dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

COVIDSafe Summer restrictions

You can leave your home for any reason — there’s no limit how far you can travel within Victoria.

Home gatherings

Up to 15 visitors — including children — can visit another household per day. Up to 15 people can visit you at the same time or at different times. Babies under 12 months are not included in the cap. If you have 15 visitors to your home one day, your partner can also visit you as your partner is not counted in the visitor limit.

It’s advised to keep a record of who visits your home.

A babysitter can mind your children in your home.

You can stay overnight at someone else’s house — there’s no limit to how long you spend in another home. However, anyone who stays overnight is counted in the visitor limit on the day they stay, and the next day.

If you’re vulnerable to serious complications because of COVID-19, you should consider other ways you can stay connected — including video calls, phone calls or with social media.

Cleaners and tradespeople

Cleaners and tradespeople can come to your home, however where possible:

  • minimise their time in your home
  • maintain 1.5 metres between each other
  • minimise physical contact by using contactless payment
  • move to a different room from where they’re working

Public gatherings

Up to 100 people can gather outdoors in public from any number of households. Infants under 12 months are not included in the limit.

Workplaces

If you must be on-site due to the nature of your work, you can do so — however, these limits apply.

  • Standard workplace requirements, including density limits, continue to apply.
  • Businesses with fewer than 40 staff can have 20 staff on-site subject to density limits.
  • Private sector workplaces can have up to 50 per cent of office workers return to work.
  • The Victorian public service can have up to 25 per cent return to work.

When at work, make sure you practise good hygiene and physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues and wash your hands immediately after.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces you use often.
  • Stay at least 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with as much as possible, and avoid crowded places.

Record keeping for contact tracing

To support contact tracing, some businesses, workplaces and premises must ask every person who's on site for more than 15 minutes — including staff — to provide their:

  • first name, and
  • phone number

Businesses must also record the date and time at which the person was on site. Records can be digital or hard copy and should be kept for 28 days. However, for smaller hospitality venues with a density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres — with up to 50 customersQR code record keeping is mandatory.

Businesses and workplaces can use the Victorian Government’s free QR Code Service. Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/qrcode.

For information about operating businesses or accessing assistance, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Family safety support

If you or your family need to leave a violent situation or don’t feel safe in your home, you can access safe housing. Call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 or email safesteps@safesteps.org.au 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mandatory face masks

You must wear a fitted face mask in the following settings — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one:

  • public transport
  • rideshares or taxis
  • shopping centres, including retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • indoor markets
  • large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as supermarkets, department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores and hardware stores
  • domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • airports
  • working in or visiting hospitals and care facilities

However, you must carry a mask with you at all times — unless you have a lawful reason not to. You should also wear a face mask when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres from other people.

Those who don’t wear a face mask in these settings and don’t have a lawful excuse, will face a fine.

Exemptions include if:

  • you have a medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable
  • you can’t do your job while wearing a face mask
  • when communication is difficult for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • during emergencies

Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient.

You can remove your mask to eat or drink if you’re out in public.

Children younger than 12 years of age don’t need to wear a face mask. Children aged 2 years or younger must not wear a face mask, because they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

Some industries require staff or customers to wear face coverings as part of their COVIDSafe Plan. For more information visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au and click on ‘Business & work’.

To learn more about Victoria's restrictions, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. International, interstate and mobile callers can phone (+613) 9096 9000.

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