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Announcement of further easing of restrictions

We were pleased to see today’s statement from the Acting Premier, confirming that from midnight tomorrow Victoria’s COVID restrictions will be further relaxed.

With school holidays just around the corner, these changes should give our industry more certainty in the lead up to a busy period. These new changes will remain in place for at least two weeks, and are structured to give Victorians the confidence to start planning to travel.

There is a strong underlying message for everyone to holiday within Victoria, and to shop locally wherever possible – something we can all get on board with!

A breakdown of the changes is below, along with the always important message to ensure you are using the Service Victoria QR Check-in process and keeping your COVID plan up to date.

Here’s what you need to know:

Hospitality:

  • Open for seated service only.
  • No group limits.
  • Smaller venues can have up to 25 patrons before the density quotient applies.
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • All venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

Accommodation:

  • Open.
  • Bookings permitted for single households plus 15 adults including their dependants (infants under 12 months not included in the cap).
  • All venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

Tours and Transport:

  • Tour Transport: Open limit of 50 people per vehicle.
  • All venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Entertainment and Leisure:

Indoor fixed seated entertainment:

  • Open up to 75% of seated capacity up to a maximum of 300 people per space.
  • No group limits.
  • All venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

Indoor non-seated entertainment venues:

Outdoor fixed seated entertainment:

  • Open up to 75% of seated capacity up to a maximum of 1000 people per venue.
  • No group limits.
  • All venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

Non-seated outdoor venues:

All entertainment and leisure:

  • Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Nightclubs:

  • Open for seated service only.
  • Dancefloors not permitted.
  • No overarching venue limit.
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • All venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

Weddings:

  • Permitted with 300 people subject to venue density limits.
  • Dancefloors not permitted.
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • All venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

Amusement parks:

  • Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm when using a COVID Check-in Marshal at the entrance to all non-seated spaces, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • No group limits.
  • Maximum of: 300 per space indoors; and 1,000 per space outdoors.
  • All venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

Office Work:

  • Capacity limits in workplaces such as offices capped at 75% or 30 people if total workplace is 40 or less, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 2sq.
  • All workplaces must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

You can download a full Table of Restrictions here.

For the wider community, there are basic restrictions we must all adhere to:

Face coverings – No change:

  • Must be carried at all times.
  • Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies.
  • Recommended to be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Private gatherings:

  • Limited to 15 adults per day together or separately, including dependants (infants under 12 months not included in the cap)

Public gatherings:

  • Permitted for up to 50 people.

In most cases Metro Melbourne will be on the same restrictions as regional Victoria with some exceptions for the Alpine region and group sizes. Read the full table of restrictions here.

Funding update

Lastly, another reminder that that funding closes tomorrow, Thursday 24 June for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund.

Applications are also now open for the Victorian Events Support Package, closing on Friday 16 July 2021. Read the details here.

For more information, give the Business Victoria hotline a ring on 13 22 15. Or if you’d like to chat to our team about these changes, just shoot us an email or call on 03 5223 2588.

 

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