Easing of Restrictions for Victorian Hospitality Venues

Acting Victorian Premier, James Merlino has today confirmed that ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown restrictions across Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will be eased.

However Melburnians are not permitted to travel to regional Victoria except to attend work/education; obtain necessary goods and services (if not available within 25km of their home); for care and compassionate reasons, or to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

From 11:59 pm, Thursday, June 10, restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne will largely revert to the same settings as those that apply in regional Victoria currently. Including restrictions on the five reasons to leave home will be removed, travel limits of 10km from home will be increased to 25km, masks will not be required to be worn outdoors (unless physical distancing can’t be maintained) and outdoor social gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted.

Changed that apply to the Metropolitan accommodation hotel sector include:

  • Food and beverage facilities – open for seated service only, with a guest capacity limit of 100 pax, only 50 of whom can be seated indoors.
  • Density quotient of 1 person, per 4 square metres applies, with a maximum group size of 10 pax.  
  • Accommodation – open, with bookings permitted from single households, intimate partners or nominated single social bubbles.
  • Guests must have travelled within a 25km radius to stay at the hotel. 
  • Indoor fixed seated entertainment – open to 25 per cent of venue capacity, to a maximum of 50 pax, with a maximum group size of 10 pax.
  • Beauty and personal care services – open, relative to a density cap of 1 person, per four square metres. Masks must be worn.
  • Up to 25 per cent of office workers can return to work, or 10 pax if less than 40 employees. 
  • Funerals (indoors and out) are permitted for up to 50 pax
  • Weddings are permitted for up to 10 pax 
  • Outdoor golf can recommence 
  • Travel limits do not apply to staff attending work.

Restrictions across Regional Victoria’s accommodation hotel sector will be further eased:

  • Food and beverage facilities – open for seated service only, with a guest capacity limit of 150 pax, only 75 of whom can be seated indoors.
  • Density quotient of 1 person, per 4 square metres applies, with a maximum group size of 10 pax.  
  • Accommodation – open, with bookings permitted from single households, plus two adults, plus their dependents.
  • Residents of regional Victoria can travel in/around regional Victoria to stay in accommodation, but can’t travel to Melbourne to do so, unless for permitted reasons.
  • Indoor physical recreation and sport (includes hotel gyms and pools) – open, subject to a 1 in 4 density quotient, no more than 50 pax indoors with a maximum indoor group size of 10 pax
  • Indoor fixed seated entertainment – open to 50 per cent of venue capacity, to a maximum of 75 pax, with a maximum group size of 10 pax.
  • Outdoor fixed seated entertainment – open to 50 per cent of seated capacity, up to a maximum of 150 pax, per venue. 
  • Beauty and personal care services – open, relative to a density cap of 1 person, per four square metres. Masks can be removed, while receiving the service. 
  • Up to 50 per cent of office workers can return to work, or 20 pax if less than 40 employees. 
  • Funerals (indoors and out) are permitted for up to 75 pax
  • Weddings are permitted for up to 20 pax 
  • Outdoor golf – no limit on numbers, if a 100m distance to the next group can be maintained.

Hoteliers are reminded of the mandatory use of QR Codes and for staff to actively promote checking in to guests. Click here to sign up for our NO TICK NO ENTRY Hospitality Registry.

Click here for a table of restrictions and the official media release.

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