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Weddings, funerals and religious services in Victoria

Current as of 23 January 2021, at 12:20 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 shouldn’t attend a wedding, funeral or religious gathering if you’re feeling unwell — you must stay home and get tested.

Weddings

No more than 1 person per 2 square metres can attend an indoor or outdoor wedding at a venue— but only with electronic record keeping. The 4-square-metres rule applies if there’s paper-based record keeping.

Up to 50 people can be on a dance floor, if there's no more than 1 person per 4 square metres.

Weddings held at a private residence are limited to the members of the household and up to 30 visitors. Babies under 12 months aren’t included in this cap. Those required to conduct the ceremony are also not included in this limit.

Funerals

No more than 1 person per 2 square metres can attend an indoor or outdoor funeral held at a venue — but only with electronic record keeping. The 4-square-metres rule applies if there’s paper-based record keeping.

Funerals held at a private residence are limited to the members of the household and up to 15 visitors. Those required to conduct the ceremony aren't included in this limit.

Places of worship

No more than 1 person per 2 square metres can attend an indoor or outdoor ceremony or religious gathering at a premises — but only with electronic record keeping. The 4-square-metres rule applies if there’s paper-based record keeping.

Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can happen at the same time.

Singing

You can sing or chant during a religious ceremony, wedding or funeral.

However, singing in a group is safest when you:

  • sing outside or in a well-ventilated room with the windows open
  • stay at least 2 metres from other singers while singing
  • perform for an hour or less
  • wear a mask when singing indoors
  • sing softly

These measures are recommended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Any type of fan isn’t recommended for use in enclosed indoor spaces for singing. Performers should be 5 metres from the audience where practical.

Record keeping for contact tracing

To support contact tracing, venues that host weddings, funerals or other ceremonies — including places of worship — must ask every person who’s on the premises for more than 15 minutes to provide their:

  • first name
  • phone number

This includes staff. Organisers 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. Businesses and venues can use the Victorian Government’s free QR Code Service. Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/qrcode.

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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