Victoria’s lockdown is ending, but restrictions remain

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has today announced the easing of the state’s current lockdown provisions from 11.59pm tonight, Tuesday 27 July.

Hotels and hospitality venues can reopen tomorrow under the following restrictions:

  • Accommodation – open, with bookings permitted for single households, intimate partners and single social bubbles. No visitors allowed.
  • Food and beverage service – seated service only with a density limit of one person per four square metres, with a maximum capacity of 100 patrons across the venue (inside) and 300 (outside). The 300 people outdoors was announced by Premier Daniel Andrews but is not documented in the table of restrictions. We await confirmation in the Restricted Activity Directions that are expected to be released tonight and will update members accordingly;
  • Group booking limit of 10 people;
  • Masks are required, indoors and outdoors, apart from when patrons are eating or drinking
  • Pools and gyms – Open with a maximum of 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space, subject to a density quotient of 1 person, per 4sqm.
  • Funerals and weddings – permitted to a maximum of 50pax, plus those required to conduct the service.
  • Hotel salons and spas – Open. Can remove mask for treatment. Density quotient 1 in 4 sqm, noting concessions for smaller venues below.
  • Work – if staff can work from home, they must work from home. In offices – 25 per cent of the workforce can return to work, or up to 10 pax if the total workforce is 40 pax or less. A density quotient of 1 in 4 per sqm applies;   
  • A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 patrons before the density quotient applies;
  • COVID Check-in Marshals required to ensure attendees check-in.

People are able to again visit the ski-fields, however entry to Victoria’s alpine resorts will require a COVID test and a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival.

Members will note the revised Table of Restrictions includes reference to “Business function facilities and conference centres,” that enables a maximum capacity of 100 pax per space indoors and 300 pax per outdoor space. Previously, unless operating under a separate ABN or liquor licence, we have advised that these settings only apply to stand alone function and conference centres, not to function and conference facilities within a hotel. TAA (Vic) has sought urgent clarification on this matter, appreciating this could provide another viable option for additional hotel trade. More clarity will be provided, as soon as this information comes to hand.

Premier Daniel Andrews indicated that these settings would stay in place for the next two weeks and were unlikely to change before Tuesday, 10 August.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is due to speak tomorrow on additional business support. 

Click here for the official media release.

Click here for the revised Table of Restrictions.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available, including the new Restricted Activity Directions.

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