After announcement of a recorded 120 new COVID cases in Victoria overnight, the State’s Premier and Chief Health Officer delivered the unsurprising news that our restrictions will continue, with a few exceptions.

  • Playgrounds will reopen on Friday, but only to children under 12 and with limits on parents, mask use and QR check-ins
  • Regional Victorians, the Premier said with the exception of Shepparton, where an outbreak is still growing, the regions could see some small changes next week.

Authorities anticipate reaching the 70 per cent first-dose threshold for Victorians aged 16 and older by around September 23.

After that threshold is reached, the 5-kilometre travel limit will expand to 10 kilometres and outdoor exercise will also be allowed for three hours with personal training permitted.

Mr Andrews confirmed there would be no return to face-to-face learning in Melbourne for term 3, but said a return to classroom learning would be considered for the regions next week.

He said a business support package would be announced in the coming days.

Victorians are urged to get vaccinated immediately

Business and industry – coronavirus (COVID-19)

Business and industry – coronavirus (COVID-19)

Key restrictions

Category Restrictions in Victoria
Stay at home curfew From 9:00pm to 5:00am, people in metropolitan Melbourne are not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons.

There is no curfew in regional Victoria.

Face masks
  • Must be carried at all times.
  • Must be worn indoors and outdoors by Victorians aged 12 years or over except at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if a lawful reason not to wear one applies.
  • It is recommended primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or if an exception applies.
  • Face masks can only be removed to eat and to drink non-alcoholic beverages (exception for at weddings and funerals).
  • Lawful reasons may include having a physical or intellectual disability that makes mask wearing difficult or harmful to health.
  • See the list of exceptions for further information.
  • Must be worn on public transport and in commercial passenger vehicles (e.g., taxis and rideshares).
  • See the Face mask page for further information.
  • You may only attend your workplace if you are unable to work from home and your workplace is authorised to operate. You must work from home if your workplace is not authorised to open or operate.
  • Authorised workers are permitted to travel to and from work even when the curfew is in place.
  • An Authorised provider and authorised worker permit is required when leaving home for authorised work or permitted higher education.
Public events Events cannot occur during the restricted activity period. Exception for professional sport approved to proceed with no spectators.
Infants under 12 months Infants under 12 months are not included in the density quotient, capacity limits, or group limits.
Travel in Victoria You must not travel beyond 5km of your home except for a permitted reason, such as undertaking authorised work that cannot be done from home.
Cross border travel This includes border communities and specified workers. See the Victorian Travel Permit System and Information for Border Communities.
Travel to Victoria For further details on the requirements on people seeking to enter Victoria from any other State or Territory in Australia or a Green Zone Country, including those entering from a Red Zone or an Extreme Risk Zone, see the Victorian Travel Permit System.
QR code requirements Every business must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service to check-in customers, workers and visitors, with some limited exceptions. Every visitor must check-in, no matter how long they are at the premises.

Kiosk check-in and alternative record keeping methods

  • Current requirements to provide an alternative record keeping method for members of the public (or employees) that do not have a smart phone remain. This could include a kiosk option (via a tablet) or, as a last resort, pen and paper.
  • The Kiosk check-in service in the Service Victoria app allows venues to check-in guests who don’t have a smartphone or can’t use the QR code service. The Kiosk enables workers to enter a customer’s name and contact phone number electronically, making it easier for contact tracers to contact people quickly if an outbreak occurs.
  • Information collected using an alternative record-keeping method must be provided to Service Victoria if requested to do so by the Department of Health or Service Victoria.

Displaying QR codes

  • All workplaces that are required to use QR codes must display the QR code in a prominent location at each point of entry.
  • In addition, hospitality venues must display QR codes at all points of sale (e.g. cash register) and at each table. Workers at hospitality venues must request a customer check-in using the Service Victoria app at a point of entry, at the point of sale (e.g., at a cash register) or a point of service (e.g., waiter attending a table). A point of service includes the tables within a food court.
  • Small retail facilities with less than 2000sqm of publicly accessible space (including market stalls) must also display QR codes at all points of sale. Workers at small retail facilities who interact with customers must also request that customers check-in at point of service; for example, when greeting a customer after they’ve entered the store, or at the cash register.
  • Large retail facilities (i.e. retail facilities with more than 2000sqm of publicly accessible space) must display QR codes at all points of sale. Workers at large retail facilities must also request that customers check-in at the main entrances. Markets and supermarkets are not considered large retail facilities for the purposes of this requirement.
  • Supermarkets are required to request that customers check in at point of sale rather than point of entry. Supermarkets must have QR codes displayed at all points of sale and workers must request customers to check-in at the point of sale.
  • Markets must also display QR codes at all points of sale. Market workers do not need to request that customers check-in at the main entrances.
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