Premier outlines COVIDSafe summer easing of restrictions

Following Victoria recording 37 consecutive COVID-19-free days Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has detailed a further series of easing of trading restrictions to ensure a COVIDSafe summer for all Victorians.

Yesterday’s announcement will apply for most of the summer season and will be reviewed at the end of January 2021. They include, from 11.59 pm, Sunday, December 7:

Hospitality-related

Accommodation

  • Guests allowed to have up to 30 visitors across the day (same rules as family gatherings).
  • Guest capacity caps – relaxed to a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres, both indoors and outdoors, with no capacity cap.  
  • Venues permitted to have 25 patrons – before density quotient kicks in.
  • Standing service now permitted.
  • Electronic Record Keeping and use of mandatory QR codes required.
  • No cap on tour group numbers.
  • Masks must be worn on tour transport.  

Gyms

  • 50 pax allowed indoors.
  • COVID Marshals should be on duty, when facility is staffed.
  • Can operate when unstaffed, but density quotient of 1 person per 8 square metres applies.

Pools

  • Patron capacities of 1 person per 4 square metres indoors.  
  • Capacity – 1 person per 2 square metres outdoors.  

Hairdressing and personal care

  • Venue capacity – 1 person per 2 square metres.  
  • Facemasks no longer required to be worn.  

Weddings and funerals

  • One person per two square metres, with no cap.
  • Dancefloors – one person per four square metres, maximum patron cap of 50 pax.  

Nightclubs

  • Nightclubs can reopen – 1 per 2 density quotient.  
  • Standing OK in nightclubs, same dancefloor.

Other settings

Family gatherings   

  • 30 visitors to the home permitted daily, from any number of households, over the course of a day.

Public gatherings  

  • 100 pax permitted to gather, from any household.

Seated entertainment (indoors and outdoors)

  • Audience of 75 per cent of fixed venue capacity permitted, to a maximum of 1,000 pax.
  • 1 person per 2 square metre density cap in foyers, bars and in shared facilities (e.g. toilets).

Indoor non-seated entertainment

  • One person per two square metres, up to 50 per cent of venue capacity, to a maximum of 1,000 people.

Major events

  • Assessed on an event by event basis, considering their unique circumstances
  • No clarity, yet, on permitted crowd numbers for the Boxing Day test or Australian Open tennis tournament.

Offices

  • Private sector – moving to 50 per cent of workforce, returning to offices from Monday 11 January
  • Public service – 25 per cent of workforce able to return to the workforce from Monday 8 February

Masks

  • Individuals should carry masks at all times – they should be worn indoors when shopping and while at indoor markets.
  • Masks are mandatory while travelling on public transport and while in an Uber or taxi.
  • Masks strongly recommended when physical distancing can’t be maintained.
  • Voluntary use of masks – applies while workers are at work in an office setting.

Related documents

COVIDSafe Summer – how we live in Victoria

COVIDSafe Summer – how we work in Victoria

Victorian Premier’s Press Release  

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