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Gatherings and work – Victoria

Updated on 10 April 2021, at 12:30 AET

Restrictions

Gatherings in homes

  • Up to 100 people are allowed to visit the home per 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.
  • Front areas and backyards are considered part of the home.

Public gatherings

  • Up to 200 people can meet outdoors in a public place from any number of households — infants under 12 months are not included in the cap.

Workplaces

  • There are no caps to onsite office work in public and private sectors.
  • Workplaces no longer have density limits — except in publicly accessible areas such as lobbies.
  • All workplaces with onsite workers need a COVIDSafe 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 in indoor areas — unless an exception applies.

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.

Mandatory face masks

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home.

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

  • on public transport
  • in rideshare vehicles, taxis and tour vehicles
  • inside airports and on flights
  • in settings such as aged-care facilities and hospitals — while indoors

If you’ve been diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19 — or you’re a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 — you must wear a face mask if you leave your home or other accommodation for a permitted reason, such as to receive medical care. You must also wear a mask if you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Exceptions 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

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.

Other mask information

  • The Victorian Government strongly recommends you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you can’t stay 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient.
  • You can remove your mask to eat or drink if you’re out in public.
  • If you’re stopped by police in a setting where masks are mandatory, they’ll ask you to confirm the lawful reason you’re not wearing a face mask.

Family safety support

If you or your family need to leave a violent situation or you 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.

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