COVID-19: Victoria’s latest coronavirus rules, explained
Masks no longer need to be worn outdoors, and indoors must be worn only in aged-care homes, hospitals, on public transport, in commercial vehicles and in retail settings of 2000 square metres or more, including shopping centres, shops inside shopping centres, department stores and supermarkets. Masks no longer need to be worn in schools. Acceptable coverings include surgical masks and cloth masks that cover the mouth and nose.
Check out our ultimate guide to face masks for everything you need to know about how to wear and remove masks properly, as well as how to make your own.
Yes. All outdoor recreation and sport is allowed to resume.
Indoor and outdoor seated venues are restricted to 75 per cent capacity (up from 50 per cent), with a maximum of 1000 people (up from 300). Indoor non-seated venues remain restricted to 50 per cent capacity, with a maximum of 1000 people (up from 300).
All community facilities including libraries, toy libraries and neighbourhood houses are allowed to open, with density limits.
Property inspections and live auctions can resume, with density limits. (More: How to buy and sell property in a pandemic.)
Yes. Get tested immediately if you experience even mild symptoms, such as a sore throat, runny nose, cough or fever, or if you have visited a location that has been identified as a COVID-19 risk area. After the test, you must stay at home until you receive a negative result. Even if you are asymptomatic, you must stay home until you receive a text message confirming you do not have COVID-19.
No matter where you live in Victoria, everyone has an important role to play in suppressing the spread of COVID-19. You can help keep yourself and others safe by:
- Maintaining 1.5 metres’ distance between yourself and people outside your immediate household.
- Wearing a mask in required indoor settings.
- Washing or sanitising your hands thoroughly and often especially after using the bathroom, before eating and after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding coughing or sneezing into your hands. Use the crook of your elbow or tissue, and dispose of the tissue as soon as possible before washing your hands.
- Getting a COVID-19 test immediately if you experience even mild symptoms, such as a sore throat, runny nose, cough or fever, then staying at home until receiving a negative result.
- For more detail about all Victoria’s current rules go to the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 information page.