18th February 2021
As per the Premiers announcement, we will be moving out of the circuit breaker lockdown from 11:59pm Wednesday the 17th of February, and returning largely to the previous restrictions.
From 11:59pm 17 February 2021 Victoria returns to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions – with some revised conditions.
These restrictions are designed to balance allowing Victorians to get back to doing the things they love while also putting in place measures to protect all that Victorians have worked so hard for.
This means that:
- Shops are open. Limits apply to the number of customers who can be in a store at one time. This limit is to ensure everyone can keep 1.5 metres distance.
- Hairdressers and barbers, beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo studios and massage parlours can open. If you are undergoing treatment that cannot be performed with a face mask on, you may remove your face mask during the procedure. Limits apply to the number of customers who can attend.
- Gaming facilities, including TAB and KENO facilities can open in both retail and licensed premises subject to relevant restrictions. In licensed premises, patrons must remain seated unless they are placing a bet, purchasing food or drinks, using the toilet or entering or leaving the venue.
- Indoor food courts can reopen with a density quotient of 1per 2sqm.
- Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm for indoor and outdoor hospitality venues. Up to 25 patrons are permitted in a venue before the density quotient applies. No requirement for seated service. Density quotient of 1 per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people. All venues are required to use electronic record keeping when applying the density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm. Indoor venues not using electronic record keeping, a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies.
- Shops need to limit the number of customers and follow signage and cleaning recommendations. To keep everyone safe, pay attend to the limits of each shop. Small shops will have smaller limits. You might need to wait your turn to enter a shop.
- There are no restrictions on travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. Businesses in regional Victoria can serve people who live in metropolitan Melbourne. There is no requirement to check ID or addresses or refuse service to people from metropolitan Melbourne.
What actions do I need to take when shopping?
Before you leave home:
- If you feel unwell and have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) stay home, seek medical advice and get tested. Stay home while you wait for your test result.
Face masks remain mandatory in some settings, unless you have a lawful reason not to wear one.
- Face masks are no longer mandatory when you are outdoors, if you can stay 1.5 metres away from people that you don’t live with.
- Use of face masks outdoors is required if you are unable to stay further than 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with, such as at public transport stations, outdoor markets, walkways and thoroughfares. Face masks remain mandatory when indoors – for example a shopping centre, the supermarket or on public transport.
- You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times.
When you are out shopping:
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
- Wear a face mask when indoors
- Wear a face mask outdoors when you cannot maintain at least 1.5 metres distance from other people, such as at outdoor markets
- Respect the customer limits in place at each shop
- Keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others, including while queuing
- Avoid crowded indoor areas like parking ticket machines, lifts, escalators and entrances as much as possible
- Wash your hands when you get home
For more information head to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-summer