Victoria's COVID-19 roadmap announced

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RACV Staff

Posted December 31, 2021


With a surge in COVID-19 case numbers, new rules have been introduced for close contacts, along with the reinstatement for the requirement to wear masks indoors.

Following a ntional cabinet meeting on December 30, the definition of a 'close contact' has changed, and subsequently, changed the requirement to isolate and undergo a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test.

Under the new rules, only a household or ‘household-like’ contact who has spent more than four hours with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, will need to be tested. Check out our guide to Victoria’s latest COVID-19 rules and restrictions for more details. 

Ahead of the Christmas period, as case numbers grew significantly, the Victorian Government reintroduced the requirement to wear face masks:

  • In all indoor settings outside of the home for people over 8 years of age
  • At events with more than 30,000 people when not seated

Masks will continue to be required in high-risk settings such as hospitals, public transport and aged care facilities.

The following guidelines are as presented in the Victorian Government's roadmap, outlined on coronavirus.vic.gov.au.


Victoria's current COVID-19 restrictions

Victoria's COVID-19 rules and restrictions

Victoria's COVID-19 rules and restrictions

Rules from 11.59 pm 23 December 2021

Leaving home

No restrictions

Masks

Masks required:

- in all indoor settings outside of the home for people aged 8 years and over

- at all events with an attendance over 30,000. You may remove your mask when seated. 

Travel

No restrictions on intrastate or interstate travel. Entry permits required on return to Victoria.


Check COVID restrictions for your destination

 

International travel in alignment with National Plan

Private gatherings

No limit

Public gatherings

No limit

Hospitality

No restrictions, vaccination requirements remain

 

Vaccination requirements do not apply for takeaway-only venues.

Weddings

No restrictions for fully vaccinated people.

 

If vaccination status is not being checked, events are restricted to 50 people per venue, with density limits of 1 per 4sqm.

Funerals

No restrictions for fully vaccinated people.

 

If vaccination status is not being checked, events are restricted to 50 people per venue, with density limits of 1 per 4sqm.

Schools & Childcare

Open to all ages. Masks required indoors at primary school for staff and visitors, and all students in years 3 and above

Workplaces

Some restrictions apply depending on workplace and industry. Vaccination requirements remain for certain businesses that are only open for fully vaccinated people, or for workers who are required to be vaccinated

 

COVIDSafe plans and check-in requirements apply

Retail

Masks required. Vaccination requirements remain for non-essential retail.

Beauty therapy

No restrictions, vaccination requirements remain

Religious gatherings

No restrictions for fully vaccinated people.

 

If vaccination status is not being checked, events are restricted to 50 people per venue, with density limits of 1 per 4sqm.

Sport & Outdoor

No restrictions, vaccination requirements remain

Entertainment

No restrictions, vaccination requirements remain

 

Outdoor events with more than 30,000 people attending require a COVIDSafe plan.

Hospitals & care facilities

Restrictions for high-risk settings remain, even for fully vaccinated persons.

 

Aged care: Visitors limited to five people per day, including dependents.

 

Hospitals: Visits limitied to certain circumstances such as end-of-life.

Real estate

No restrictions, vaccination requirements remain

 

Limitied to single household private inspections if vaccination status isn't being checked


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