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Today the Premier announced that Victoria will move to the Last Step in the roadmap towards reopening from 11.59pm on Sunday 22 November.

 

It’s great news for our industry, particularly the hospitality, cultural and events sectors, as we head into the Christmas holiday period. Changes include:

 

  • Outdoor gatherings in a public place will increase to 50.
  • Weddings will increase to 150 people, and funerals and religious ceremonies will increase to 150 people indoors.
  • For smaller venues, the density limit will change to one person for every two square metres – up to 50 customers. QR code record keeping will be mandatory. For bigger venues, the density limit will stay the same, but the cap will increase to 150. Total venue capacity will also rise to 300.
  • Cinemas, galleries and museums will also be able to host up to 150 people indoors.
  • Contact and non-contact sports can begin for adults as well as kids – 150 people indoors with a group size of up to 20 and 500 outdoors with groups of up to 50.
  • Masks will no longer be mandatory if outdoors and a safe distance can be kept, but Victorians will need to carry a mask at all times in case the situation changes. Masks still need to be worn when indoors and on public transport – and where distance cannot be kept.
  • The number of visitors to a home will increase from two to 15 per day. That can be split across different times as long as people are sticking to a total of 15.

 

Public events

Organisers will also be able to apply to host a public event. Different requirements and rules will need to apply, depending on whether it’s a school fete or a major sporting match.

Public Events may occur in accordance with the Public Events Framework, for Tier 1 and Tier 2 events an application and approval process apply.

 

A public event is an organised public gathering for a common purpose which is conducted on a one-off or periodic basis, it may be open to members of the public, publicly announced or advertised, and may be subject to specific license, approvals or permits.

 

The Public Events Framework applies to events in three categories:

  • Tier 1: highly complex and involving more than 5,000 attendees
  • Tier 2: moderately complex involving 500-5,000 attendees
  • Tier 3: low complexity and involving 500 attendees or less

 

The Public Events Framework enables applications to be made by event organisers to hold an event that falls within Tier 1 or Tier 2 events. Tier 3 events can be held in accordance with published guidelines. Other risk factors may mean that an event is classified at a higher tier and will require approval to go ahead.

 

Further information on the Public Events Framework will be available at the coronavirus website soon.

 

Budget announcements

Last Wednesday, Visit Victoria welcomed the Victorian Government’s $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package to support our state’s visitor economy as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21.

 

Announced by Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula and Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes, the package will provide funding for a range of initiatives to attract more visitors, support local jobs and help our industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic and preceding bushfires.

 

This is a significant investment which recognises the critical role of the tourism industry and supports local businesses across our state.

 

The package includes funding for Visit Victoria to help drive visitation, including:

  • $58 million over three years to support Visit Victoria’s marketing activities, which will enable us to continue to promote Melbourne and Victoria as a leading tourism and events destination both domestically and internationally – when the time is right.
  • Continued support for the Regional Events Fund with $20 million over four years – helping to secure a stronger calendar of regional events for Victoria which drives economic growth and encourages year-round visitation across our state.
  • Continued investment to support MCB to bring visitors from Australia and the world to its business events as part of a $9.7 million commitment to the Business Events Program. This recognises the essential role business events play in the Victorian visitor economy, and their contributions to innovation, job creation, trade and investment opportunities, for the benefit of the whole community.

 

The package also has a range of other initiatives to support our sector, including a $28 million regional travel voucher program to encourage Victorians to explore our state – with up to 120,000 vouchers each worth $200. It also included $149 million to build new visitor accommodation, improve major tourist trails, and drive more people out to taste the world-class produce, food and wine on our doorstop.

 

At Visit Victoria, we’re continuing to work hard to promote our ‘Click for Vic’ and ‘Stay close, go further’ campaigns to support local businesses and encourage more Victorians to explore their own backyard. We were really pleased to see Treasurer Tim Pallas get behind the Victorian tourism industry by encouraging Victorians to ‘Click for Vic’ ahead of Tuesday’s Victorian Budget 2020/21.

 

We look forward to continuing to work together with industry and the Victorian Government on this next chapter for our tourism industry.

 

Kind regards,

Brendan McClements

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