13 July 2020

Creative Victoria is monitoring the rapidly changing situation with regard to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria and its impacts on the creative industries and will continue to share information and updates as they come to hand.

The following information is correct as of 13 July 2020. For the latest information, visit Victorian Government's coronavirus website.

State of Emergency

A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria to combat coronavirus (COVID-19) and is in place until 11.59pm on 19 July 2020. This enables the Victorian Government to enforce public health measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, protecting the community and giving our health system the best chance of managing the pandemic.

Stay at Home restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne

Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July for six weeks.

Read the Premier of Victoria's statement for more information.

If you live in these areas, there will be only four reasons to leave your home:

  • shopping for food and essential items,
  • care and caregiving,
  • daily exercise, and
  • study or work – if you can’t do it from home.

Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will also return to Stage 3 restrictions for this period. This means that arts, cultural and entertainment venues in these areas must again close.

For more information, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Other parts of Victoria

A range of restrictions remain in place across Victoria in relation to non-essential activities, organised events and gatherings

For up to date information on current restriction levels visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

For those in areas not subject to Stage 3 restrictions, Creative Victoria’s Arts and Culture Return-to-Business Guidelines are available for museums, galleries, libraries, performance and other cultural venues, outlining the actions to be taken to ensure the safety of visitors, as well as staff, volunteers and other workers.

All restrictions and the proposed dates are subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued and effective management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fines and penalties apply if directions are breached.

If you are unsure or have any questions about your business’s ability to open, contact the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Work from home

Those who can work from home, must work from home.

If it’s not possible for your work to be done from home, you can still go to work. When at work, you should ensure appropriate physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and others and practising good hygiene.

Organisations and employers responsible for a workplace, facility or venue must comply with occupational health and safety and workplace safety requirements.

Find out more about work-related restrictions, advice and actions that should be undertaken by workplaces and employers.

Government support

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have announced various economic support measures to help individuals, businesses and organisations that have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read more about the Commonwealth Government support.

To date, the Victorian Government has announced of a total of $66.1 million to specifically help the state’s creative sector through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is in addition to broader programs and support.

This dedicated funding will help maintain creative jobs and activity, help individuals, organisations and businesses to regenerate income, develop new work and provide new opportunities for creative community participation during the current shutdown and beyond. It includes:

  • $26.3 million for Victoria’s iconic state-owned arts and cultural institutions – including NGV, Arts Centre Melbourne, Museums Victoria, Geelong Arts Centre and Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • $13 million for almost 100 non-government arts and cultural organisations state-wide.
  • $4.2 million in quick response grants for independent creatives and micro-businesses through the new Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.
  • $15 million to support live music venues across the state.
  • $4 million for a Music Industry Support Package, including support for new work, training, and professional and business development.
  • $2 million to commission new works by local artists through the RISING Festival.
  • $1.6 million in grants through Creative Victoria’s programs focusing on activities that can be undertaken in the current climate, such as the research and development of new creative works, professional development activities and new ways of reaching audiences.

This targeted funding complements broader Victorian Government initiatives including the Business Support Fund which has provided vital support to impacted businesses, including in the creative industries; and the Working for Victoria scheme which is helping those who are out of work to secure alternative employment during this time.

Creative businesses and organisations in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire may be eligible to apply for $5,000 grants through the new Business Support Fund - Expansion program, introduced in response to the return of Stage 3 restrictions in these areas.

We have summarised various government and other support programs that are relevant to the creative industries on our Coronavirus and the Creative Industries sub-site.

Enforced quarantine following overseas travel

From 11.59pm on Saturday 28 March 2020, all travellers returning from overseas to Victoria will be placed in enforced quarantine for a self-isolation period of 14-days to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). More information can be found in the Premier’s media release.

Overseas and domestic travel

On 24 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.

For the latest international travel advice, visit Smart Traveller.

Travelling interstate is not recommended. If you do need to travel interstate for a permitted reason, you should check the rules that your destination state or territory has in place.

Reducing exposure, physical distancing and staying healthy

You can take the following steps to reduce your exposure and chances of getting ill with coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.
  • Stay home if you are sick and don’t expose others. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms, do not go outside your property or home, do not go to work, school or shops unless it is essential.
  • Get vaccinated for flu (influenza) when available in April. It is not yet known whether coronavirus could significantly increase the risks of influenza infection.
  • Ensure you have enough supply of any medications being taken by you or your family.
  • Stop shaking hands or kissing as a greeting.
  • Avoid crowds if possible. If not, keep the time short.
  • Where possible, consider home delivery and take-aways.
  • To minimise contact, and where possible, use debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions (for example, Myki top ups).
  • Use public transport in less busy periods if you can, or avoid it altogether if you are vulnerable.
  • Sit in the back of taxis and ride shares
  • Consider whether future travel plans are sensible and necessary.

In addition to the above, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website also contains transmission reduction tips for organisations, workplaces and employers and information on caring for sick family members.

Advice for Creative Victoria funding recipients and applicants

We understand that many plans have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and this is an anxious and uncertain time. We are being as flexible as possible with our grant recipients - both with grant variations and reporting. Please get in touch to discuss.

Please call your Creative Victoria program manager if your funded activity or funding application is impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and the public health measures in place, or you have any concerns.

Due to changing circumstances, there may be changes to some of our funding programs. Visit our grants pages for details, or keep informed by subscribing to Creative Victoria eNews.

Further information and resources