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Gatherings and work – Victoria

Updated on 5 October 2021, at 9:30 AET

Lockdown

Metropolitan Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria are in lockdown.

A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am each day in Metropolitan Melbourne.

For more information on the lockdown, visit 'Lockdowns and outbreaks - Victoria' on the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

Lockdown areas

Gatherings

Private gatherings are not allowed.

You’re not allowed visitors to your home — except your intimate partner.

If you live alone, you can form a bubble with 1 person. This “social bubble buddy” can visit your home. Your nominated person can be from a household or share house, and you can also visit them in their home, but only when they’re alone. If both you and your “single social buddy” are single parents, your children can be a part of your bubble.

You can stay with your intimate partner or bubble buddy while the curfew is in effect, but you must already be at their house when the curfew time begins.

Public gatherings are allowed.

You can travel up to 15km from your home for outdoor socialising (such as a picnic) or outdoor exercise for up to 4 hours per day with 1 person from another household — plus dependants if they can’t be left unattended.

If everyone aged 18 years or older has had 2 vaccination doses, up to 5 people may gather from 2 households to socialise or exercise.

Work

You must work from home if you can.

Authorised workers need a permit to attend their workplaces.

The Approved Worker permit is available at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

By 15 October 2021, all authorised workers in Victoria must have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to continue to work on-site. They must be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021.

For a list of authorised workers, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/authorised-provider-and-authorised-worker-list.

Construction

To be allowed on a construction site, all workers will need to carry an Authorised Worker Permit and have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Up to 5 workers and a supervisor are permitted to work onsite for small scale construction projects, and large-scale sites can have up to 25 per cent of workers onsite.

If crib rooms meet density and ventilation requirements, and the entire workforce is fully vaccinated, large scale construction sites can have up to 50 per cent of workers onsite.

Projects on the State Critical Infrastructure list will operate at 100 per cent as long as crib rooms follow best practice guidelines.

All sites will need to have an up-to-date vaccination register available for compliance checks at all times.

Every construction site in Victoria must also have a designated and fully trained COVID Marshal on site to ensure compliance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

For more information, go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au/construction-restart-plan.

Childcare arrangements

Childcare and early education centres are open for vulnerable children and children with at least one parent who’s an authorised worker.

All shared custody arrangements, whether informal or court-ordered can continue as normal.

You can leave the house to take children from one parent or guardian’s home to the other parent or guardian’s home. The 10km limit and curfew does not apply for shared custody arrangements.

In-home childcare, such as babysitting, should only be provided for:

  • pre-school-aged children, if one parent or guardian is an authorised worker or if they’re a single parent who works
  • school-aged children, when both parents or guardians are authorised workers

A permit is not required for this type of care.

In-home childcare is also permitted for all parents or carers (not just authorised workers) if they:

  • are caring for a vulnerable child
  • require emergency or compassionate care provision such as post-operation care
  • have a disability
  • require support due to disability, infirmity, illness, chronic health condition, homelessness, family violence, or particular health-related needs (including mental health or pregnancy)

People in at-risk cohorts, such as grandparents and elderly relatives, are strongly advised not to participate in in-home child-minding arrangements and should limit their movements as much as possible.

Mandatory face masks

You must wear a face mask when you leave your home or intimate partner's home — both indoors and outdoors. You must carry a mask at all times.

For more information on face mask restrictions and exemptions, see 'Face masks — Victoria' in the Restriction Checker.

Regional Victoria — excluding areas in lockdown

In regional Victoria — excluding lockdown areas — you can leave your home for any reason and travel any distance. However, movement between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne is restricted.

Up to 10 people can gather in public.

Private gatherings in homes are only permitted for intimate partners or social bubble buddies.

If you can work from home, you should continue to do so. However, office workers can return at 25 per cent capacity or up to 10 people total — whichever is greater.

Masks are still required in public.

Victoria’s Roadmap out of lockdown

Once certain vaccination targets are reached, some restrictions will begin to ease. For further detail on these targets and what will change, go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorias-roadmap.

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.

For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

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