Victoria’s latest COVID-19 rules, restrictions, and testing guidelines

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RACV Staff

Posted June 20, 2022


Victoria has abolished 'close contacts', QR code check-ins, and many other restrictions as the state moves toward COVID Positive Pathways with a vaccinated economy.

Close contacts of positive COVID-19 people no longer need to isolate for seven days, but must wear a mask indoors and record at least five negative Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) over the course of seven days. 

Additionally, patrons of hospitality venues no longer need to show their vaccination status before entering and check-ins are longer be required.

Masks are no longer required in retail, hospitality, and school settings, while restrictions on the number of visitors in hospitals has been removed. Masks requirements in hospitals remain.

For definitions on contacts and current restrictions, rules and requirements for COVID-19 in Victoria, see below. 

The following guidelines are presented in the Victorian Government's roadmap, as outlined on coronavirus.vic.gov.au and take effect from 11.59pm on June 24.

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COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines for Victoria 

Victoria COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines

Victoria COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines

Testing advice

Isolation period

I don't have COVID-19 symptoms

No action required unless travelling or certain medical procedures, see state or country guidelines for details

I have COVID-19 symptoms 

RAT test. PCR only if you are unable to access a RAT or have been instructed

Rest and recover at home if possible, test regularly. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.

I have been diagnosed with COVID-19

Diagnosis can come from either positive PCR or RAT

Isolate for 7 days. Can leave isolation to drive a household member to or from work or education as long as they don't leave their vehicle. Isolation period ends after 7 days if symptoms dissipate

I'm a household contact – no symptoms

You don't have to quarantine during the 7-day monitoring period. Continually test negative using a rapid antigen test, on at least 5 days.

I'm a household contact – have symptoms

You don't have to quarantine during the 7-day monitoring period. Continually test negative using a rapid antigen test, on at least 5 days.

Isolate until negative test result, test daily if symptoms persist

Other or casual contact – social, workplace etc. 

Monitor for symptoms, RAT advised

Current restrictions in Victoria

Masks

Masks are required for the following settings: 

  • Public transport, planes, taxis, cruise embarkment, and rideshare. Masks no longer required at airports 
  • Hospitals, aged care, and indoor areas at care facilities
  • Those with COVID-19

Masks are still recommended in high-density settings. 

Elective surgery

Surgeries have resumed at public and private hospitals, based on capacity, staff availability and the COVID-19 demands of the location.  

Vaccines

Many workplaces and individual venues may require vaccination for entry. 

Workers in industries such as aged and disability care, healthcare, and emergency services require a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to be considered ‘up to date.’

Checking in

QR code check-ins are no longer required at workplaces, schools, retailers, restaurants, cinemas or entertainment venues. 

Travel

International and domestic travellers entering Victoria no longer need to submit a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, although it is strongly recommended. 

Air

Coming into Victoria: Travellers coming into Victoria are recommended to take a PCR or RAT with 24 hours of arriving into Australia. They do not need to quarantine while waiting for a result. 

If symptoms arise with 7 days, the person must have a PCR or RAT and self-quarantine until they receive a result. All international arrivals must submit a Digital Passenger Declaration.

Cruises

Coming into Victoria: Travellers coming into Victoria on a cruise ship must show proof of a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of departing for Australia) or a RAT (within 24 hours of departure to Australia). 

Passengers aged 12 and up must be double vaccinated, while crew must be triple vaccinated. A negative test is required before boarding, and masks must be worn when embarking and disembarking from the ship, and in indoors areas where you can't physically distance (except for in cabins).  

Leaving Victoria

Travellers need to assess the  rules and conditions of the airlines, states and countries they are travelling to.

Set rules apply for those working in aviation and crew, including wearing masks, being up to date with vaccinations and being tested every two weeks when symptomatic. 

Gatherings

There are no limits to the number of people gathering indoors or outdoors (including the home).

Retail, entertainment, events and hospitality

Retail venues, cinemas, dance floors and theatres can operate at maximum capacity subject to COVIDSafe requirements. 

Major events have resumed, with gatherings above 30,000 people no longer requiring public health pre-approval

Workplace

Rules requiring general workers to work from home unless they are double vaccinated are lifted, though workplaces can set their own conditions.


Definition of close and casual contacts

Close, casual or other contacts

If you have been in close proximity to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in a home, social, workplace or education setting, and you have developed symptoms, you can take a PCR or RAT and isolate until you get your result. If you don't have symptoms you must use a Rapid Antigen Test and record at least five negative results over the seven day period you would have been quarantining.

If you receive a positive result on a RAT or PCR, you must isolate for seven days.

 


Victoria's current COVID-19 restrictions

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

Victoria's COVID-19 roadmap

Victoria's COVID-19 roadmap

Rules from 25 June 2022

Leaving home

No restrictions

Masks

Masks are required for:

 

- Public transport, planes, cruise embarkment, taxis and rideshare

 

-  Hospitals, aged care, and indoor areas at care facilities

 

- Those with COVID-19 

 

Recommended for customer-facing roles and in high-density settings

Travel

No restrictions on intrastate or interstate travel for vaccinated persons

 

Check COVID restrictions for your destination

Private gatherings

No limit

Public gatherings

No limit

Hospitality

Proof of vaccination no longer required

 

QR code check-in no longer required

Weddings

Subject to hospitality and venue rules, COVIDSafe Plans and mandates

Funerals

Subject to hospitality and venue rules, COVIDSafe Plans and mandates

Schools, Childcare and Higher Education

Schools and childcare are open to all ages

 

Third-dose vaccine mandates lifted for staff but workplaces can set individual policies

Workplace

Some restrictions apply depending on the workplace and industry

 

General workers who are not double vaccinated are no longer required to work from home, though businesses can set their own conditions

 

COVIDSafe plans apply

Retail

Masks recommended in indoor settings but not required

Beauty therapy

Masks recommended in indoor settings but not required

Religious gatherings

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

Sport & Outdoor

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

Entertainment

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

Hospitals & care facilities

Advised to take a RAT before visiting

No caps on visitors to care facilities, with "residents able to see any number of people as long as they test negative on a rapid antigen test that day"

Mask requirements remain. 

Real estate

No limit