Further freedoms of trade and movement confirmed for Friday 29 October

This weekend, Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews outlined further freedoms of trade and movement, that will apply from this coming Friday (29 October) at 6pm. This date coincides with Victoria’s expected 80% double dose vaccination target, for residents aged 16 years and above.    

Consistent with settings outlined on Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering the National Plan (National Plan – Phase C):

  • Work – work from the office, if fully vaccinated. DQ2 in non-public areas. Masks must be worn indoors. Permitted worker permits will then not be required.
  • Intrastate and interstate travel – now permitted, so no restrictions for travel within Victoria.  
  • Masks – Indoors, must be worn. Outdoors, not required, unless social distancing can’t be maintained.  
  • Food and drink facility – Indoors: Open for seated service only. Staff and patrons must be fully vaccinated: Patron limits  – Indoors DQ4 with no capacity limit. Outdoors DQ2, seated service not required and 500 person cap.
  • Accommodation: – Open in line with private gathering limits (up to 10 person cap, per room (includes dependents).
  • Gyms – open, DQ4. 
  • Swimming pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms – Patrons must be fully vaccinated. Indoors DQ4, outdoors DQ2 and 500 cap.
  • Retail betting venue: – Open with DQ4. 
  • Electronic Gaming – Open. Patrons must remain seated and be fully vaccinated. Indoors DQ4.
  • Weddings and Funerals – Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4, outdoors DQ2 and 500 cap. Unknown vaccination status: 30 per facility, DQ4
  • Private gatherings – up to 10 people, per day, including dependents.
  • Retail – general retail open, DQ4 applies. 

The Premier also foreshadowed “enduring settings” that will apply at 90% double dose vaccination rates (12 years and above) on/about Wednesday 24 November (National Plan, Phase D). These will include:

  • Patron caps and density limits will not apply in all settings.
  • Patron venue check in and vaccination requirements will remain
  • Masks – only required in high risk settings – e.g. public transport, aged care facilities and hospitals.
  • Freedoms of movement will apply to those Victorians who are double vaccinated. These settings will remain in place for 2022.

Related documents  Press Release: Return to Normality – Increased vaccination rates