Victoria Covid Restrictions: Melbourne Lockdown, Curfew and Vic Coronavirus Regional Rules Explained | Victoria


Melbourne’s restrictions eased slightly from Wednesday, September 29, when Victoria hit her goal of 80% of the first dose of vaccination.

Moorabool County and Shepparton were scheduled to enter a seven-day lockdown starting at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 1.

From Wednesday, September 29, Mitchell Shire went into confinement until further notice.

In metropolitan Melbourne as well as Shepparton, Moorabool and Mitchell, residents are allowed to travel up to 9 miles from their homes to exercise and shop. This increased by 10 km.

“Non-contact” outdoor recreation – such as boating, tennis or golf – is permitted, as is personal training with up to five people, provided everyone is vaccinated.

Restrictions on playgrounds have been lifted, with normal collection limits to be enforced. The masks can be removed to eat or drink.

Restaurants and cafes in the Victoria area will have their outdoor caps lifted from 20 to 30 people, and barber and beauty salon customers will be able to remove their masks if needed for facials or beard trimming.

A full and current update can be found in the restrictions table at the bottom of this Press release.

All the details of the Victorian road map to freedom can be found here.

Child care of school-aged children will be permitted if only one parent is an authorized worker.

Up to five people can attend an entertainment venue or physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance, class or concert.

Real estate inspections will resume by appointment only. To ensure they are CovidSafe, only people from the same household can attend the inspection appointment and the real estate agent should remain outside during the inspection.

Essential workers who cannot work from home must obtain a permit to go to work.

Can I go out at night?

Residents of metropolitan Melbourne must stay at home between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Curfews are not in place for regional Victorian local government areas subject to lockdown orders.

How far can I travel from home?

The distance you can leave home to purchase necessary goods and services, exercise and social interactions in the open air has increased from 10 km to 15 km in the metropolitan counties of Melbourne, Shepparton, Moorabool and Mitchell.

What are the rules for exercising?

In metropolitan Melbourne, Shepparton, Moorabool Shire, and Mitchell Shire, public assembly limits apply to outdoor recreation facilities. Non-contact exercise is permitted, as is personal outdoor training with up to five people, provided they and the trainer are all vaccinated.

The playgrounds have reopened.

What are the rules for wearing face masks?

Masks should always be worn everywhere except your home. This includes both indoor and outdoor areas – unless you have a medical exemption. It also applies to all workplaces and secondary schools.

In the Victoria area, masks can be removed at hair and beauty salons if service requires.

It is recommended that all primary school-age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or where an exception applies.

Masks cannot be removed to drink alcohol outside.

What are the building rules?

Victoria’s construction industry is currently closed.

Is regional Victoria included?

Regional Victoria is unrestricted as of Wednesday, September 29, with the exception of Shepparton, Moorabool and Mitchell shire.

Can I have visitors to my home?

No, visitors to homes in Victoria are not allowed except for an intimate partner or a nominee for someone who lives alone.

Can I travel between states?

Each state and territory individually updates the travel rule guidelines:

What about the Victoria-NSW border bubble?

People living in communities bordering NSW can travel without a permit.

What if I live in Victoria but am in New South Wales and want to go home?

More and more Victorian residents stranded in New South Wales were able to apply for permits to return home from Monday, September 20 after Prime Minister Daniel Andrews downgraded 66 New Wales local government areas South, as well as Jervis Bay, from extreme areas to red areas under the Victoria travel permit system.

Those stuck in red zones, including Sydney, were allowed to return home from Thursday, September 30 if they were fully vaccinated.

All returning Victorians will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days with required Covid-19 testing within 72 hours of arrival.

What about public gatherings?

In the Victoria area, with the exception of locked local government areas, funerals can accommodate 20 people and weddings will be allowed to accommodate up to 10 people, plus those needed to hold the service. However, stricter limits remain in place for weddings and funerals attended by people from Melbourne.

What is happening with the schools?

Child care of school-aged children will be permitted if only one parent is an authorized worker.

Schools have reopened for 2nd and 12th grade preparation students in the Victoria area, with the exception of locked local government areas.

Distance learning will remain for all other levels. Vulnerable children and children of essential workers will still have access to on-site supervision. Higher education has also shifted to distance education.

Nurseries and kindergartens are still open, but only for vulnerable children, or children of authorized workers if they cannot work from home or if no supervision is available at home. Licensed home care, such as babysitters, has been expanded to include school-aged children, but only if both parents are licensed workers.

Single parents in Melbourne can access childcare whether or not they are a licensed worker.

Can I dine in a restaurant or cafe?

In the Victoria area (excluding the town of Shepparton, Moorabool Shire and Mitchell Shire), restaurants and cafes may open for sit-down service with a maximum of 30 outdoors and 10 indoors, depending on density limits.

Customer caps will also apply to retail, hairdressing, entertainment venues and community facilities.

Businesses will be required to verify the identification documents of everyone they serve, to ensure that they are from the regional Victoria area. Density requirements apply.

Are the stores open?

In Melbourne, essential retail businesses, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, will remain open. Other stores are closed.

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What about weddings, funerals and church services?

Funerals can take place indoors and outdoors with up to 10 people, plus those needed to conduct the funeral.

Weddings are not allowed except in cases of end of life or other exceptional circumstances.

The people involved in the production of religious programming should be the same group of people each time.

What about care for the elderly and hospitals?

No visitors are allowed in the care facilities for the elderly, except for limited reasons. There will be no visits to hospitals except at the end of life, if you are a partner during the birth of your child, or a parent accompanying a child.

Can I go to get vaccinated?

Getting the vaccine is one of the reasons people eligible for the vaccine can leave home. Free Covid-19 vaccines are available to anyone aged 12 and over at state-run vaccination sites. Call the hotline at 1 800 675 398 to make an appointment.

When should I self-isolate?

For people living in Victoria, only people with Covid-19 or who are identified as a primary close contact for someone with Covid-19 will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Secondary close contacts through October 9 were also expected to self-isolate, but new rules now mean they don’t have to self-isolate or get tested unless they show symptoms.

When a primary contact shares a household, those secondary contacts in the same household do not need to isolate themselves, as long as the primary contact isolates themselves from the rest of the household.

  • Due to the unprecedented and continuing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is regularly updated to ensure it reflects the current situation on the date of publication. Any significant corrections to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be noted in accordance with Guardian’s editorial policy.


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