Current COVID-19 restrictions

Information last updated: 18 January, 11:40am

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Update on face masks, home visit restrictions, and border permits

From 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks are no longer mandatory in all public indoor settings. This is a change to the current Victorian COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:

  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • inside indoor markets
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sq.m), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others, including during home visits.

Other restrictions still in place from New Years Eve announcement:

  • Up to 15 people can visit a home each day. Babies under 12 months are not included in this limit, however all other dependents over 12 months of age are included in the limit.
  • Up to 100 people can meet outdoors for a public gathering.
  • There will be a phased return to some workplaces.

Victoria has also established a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria. From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. You can find out more about this permit system on the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website, or you can apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website.

The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel.

These restrictions may be subject to further changes.

As restrictions ease it is more important than ever that we work together to keep ourselves and others safe. Wash your hands regularly, always carry a face mask and wear it when required, cough and sneeze into your elbow, and keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.

 

What are the current restrictions?

Victoria has moved to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions, and the current restrictions as of 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January 2021 are detailed below.

Social Gatherings

  • You may have up to 15 people visit your home per day, not including children under 12 months of age. This includes your front and backyards.
  • Up to 100 people can meet in a public outdoor place.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies

  • Indoor and outdoor religious gatherings may be held with a maximum density of 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • Weddings and funerals may be held with a maximum density of 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • A wedding or funeral held in a private residence is limited to the members of the household and up to 15 visitors. The people required to conduct the ceremony are not included in this limit as they are attending for the purposes of work.
  • Maximum limits on people and group sizes no longer apply.

Community facilities

Hospitality

Gyms and indoor recreation

It is expected that these restrictions will be in place until the end of January 2021. For more information on all the changing restrictions in Victoria, visit the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website.

 

Household visits

From 5pm on 31 December 2020, 15 people (plus dependants under 12 months) can visit another household in one day. These 15 people may be from different households and they do not have to visit at the same time.

Things to note:

  • There is no time limit on the visits.
  • It is strongly recommended that you wear a mask and maintain 1.5m distance between yourself and others when you are visiting others or hosting someone in your home.
  • Only dependants under 12 months old are not included in this cap.
  • There are still on the spot fines that can be issued to those who breach rules about visitors to your home and outdoor gatherings.
  • Your intimate partner is not included in the 15 person cap on daily visitors.  For example, if you have already hosted 15 people within your home, your partner can also visit you that same day. 

 

Face masks

From 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January 2021 the mandatory rules around face masks have changed.

Face masks are no longer mandatory in all public indoor settings, but they continue to be mandatory in the following locations:

  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • inside indoor markets
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sq.m), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals

You should also wear a mask if you have tested positive for coronavirus, are in quarantine as a close contact, or are in isolation while you wait for test results. You should only be leaving your home for a permitted reason (such as for medical care or due to an emergency).

You are still required to carry a face mask at all times when you leave the house. Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended when you leave your home and cannot keep 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

If you have a lawful exemption for not wearing a face mask (such as a relevant medical condition), you do not have to wear a face mask anywhere.

 

Business support and information

As of 11:59pm on 6 December 2020:

Hospitality

Gyms and indoor recreation

Real estate

Retail

Hairdressing and personal care

Please keep in mind that timed parking restrictions are being enforced from 7 December 2020. Please check the signs where you have parked to avoid any fines.

For further information on specific services, as well as advice and support, go to the the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website.

Office workers returning to work

As of 11:59pm on 6 December 2020 some office workers can return to the workplace.

For businesses that work in an office setting, up to 25 per cent of workers may return to the workplace at a time.

Workers in the Victorian public service must continue to work remotely whenever possible.

Workers in an office setting will no longer need to wear a mask in shared office spaces where they can keep 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

More information about future changes for office workers will be formally announced in early 2021.

 

More information about restrictions

For more information about the current restrictions, or to see the next steps the Victoria Government has laid out for a road back to COVID Normal, see the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website.

You can also visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) web page on current restrictions.

For translations of the current restrictions, visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) web page on translated resources.