The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused unprecedented and wide-reaching challenges for Victoria’s creative and cultural sector. We have gathered the following information in response to pressing questions received.

State of Emergency extended

The current Declaration of State of Emergency has been extended through to 11.59pm 29 January 2021.

Update: New restrictions apply in Victoria  

With new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), new restrictions are now in place to keep Victoria safe.

As of 5pm on 31 December:

  • the number of people who can visit you in your home per day has been reduced to 15 from 30 (babies under the age of 12 months are not included in the cap)
  • Face masks must be worn when in indoor spaces (other than private residences), on public transport, and in commercial passenger vehicles, apart from when eating or drinking, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies. Masks are strongly recommended in the home if people other than your immediate household are present.

We all need to be COVIDSafe - avoid hugging and kissing, practice good hand hygiene and if you are sick, get tested and stay home. Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au for more details.

Update: Victorian Border Crossing Permit

Victoria’s border with New South Wales is closed, entry into Victoria is restricted.

From 11:59pm 3 January 2021, agriculture, commercial freight or essential services workers travelling to Victoria for work can apply online for a permit to enter Victoria. Each adult needs their own permit.

To apply for a Victorian Border Crossing Permit, visit the Service Victoria website.

For more information visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Border communities

Border community residents are exempt from obtaining and carrying a permit to support them in going about their daily lives. Instead, they are able to use their driver licence, or other forms of photo ID to prove their home address.

For more information, including the local government areas within the border zone, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.


COVIDSafe Summer – Restrictions summary for the Creative Industries

COVIDSafe Plan

All workplaces with on site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan

Home-based businesses must also have a COVIDSafe Plan

Capacity

Seated venues (indoor and outdoor)

  • Seated entertainment venues (both indoor and outdoor) an have up to 75 per cent of fixed seated capacity up to a maximum patron cap of 1000 people.
  • There are no longer mandatory spacing requirements between groups in seated entertainment venues, however it is recommended that people maintain 1.5m distance from others where possible.
  • Where possible, a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres applies in non-seated- spaces, such as foyers, bars, bathrooms etc when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record keeping, a density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres applies.
  • Entry to, and egress from, a seated space or a non-seated space is monitored and staggered, where possible, to ensure compliance with the density quotient and capacity limits.

Non-seated indoor

  • Indoor non-seated venues (such as galleries and museums) can open with up to 50 per cent of total capacity and a maximum patron cap of 1000 people per space.
  • Dance floors can return with a density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres up to a maximum of 50 people at one time, if the space allows.
  • Arts and entertainment venues that include hospitality or retail offerings should refer to the relevant industry guidelines.

Non-seated outdoor

  • Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (such as sculpture parks, live museums) can open with a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres when using electronic record keeping (otherwise 1 person per 4 square metres applies).
  • Indoor spaces at outdoor venues can open subject to the restrictions relevant to the space (e.g. hospitality or retail).

Creative Studios

  • Creative arts facilities (such as studios and workshops) can operate with a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres, subject to the use of electronic record keeping (otherwise 1 person per 4 square metres applies).

Drive in cinemas

  • Drive in cinemas can open. Areas outside of vehicles are subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres, when using electronic record keeping (otherwise 1 person per 4 square metres applies).

Set-building

Record keeping

Record keeping for all Victorian workplaces:

  • Employers must keep a record of all workers and visitors who attend the workplace for longer than 15 minutes, including first name, contact number, date and time of the visit and areas of the workplace visited.
  • Employers are strongly recommended to use electronic record keeping for this purpose. This includes the Victorian Government’s QR Code Service which is available for free to all Victorian businesses.
  • Employers must keep records to show compliance with directions including all logs created during the time of directions being in force, work premises rosters, time and attendance records and payroll data.

Face masks

Face masks must be worn when in indoor spaces (other than private residences), on public transport, and in commercial passenger vehicles, apart from when eating or drinking, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies. Masks are strongly recommended in the home if people other than your immediate household are present. Further details on mask wearing requirements are available here.

Signage

For all Victorian workplaces:

  • Where a workplace has a publicly accessible space, employers must display signage at each public entry to each indoor and outdoor space, indicating maximum capacity, face mask restrictions or recommendations as applicable, COVIDSafe hygiene and physical distancing recommendations.

Public Events Framework

Entertainment venues can apply to be considered under the Public Events Framework (PEF) where activity exceeds venue density quotients or capacity restrictions. Detailed information on the PEF can be found here.

  • Should your event meet the definition of an eligible public event, the Public Events Framework will apply. If it does not, then you will need to comply with the Restricted Activity Directions for your facility, venue or activity.
  • Public events will be assessed according to their scale, complexity and associated risk factors.
  • Public events are classified into three tiers based on the number of attendees and consideration of the public health risk factors involved.
  • Tier 1 events criteria
    • Events with 5,000 or more attendees.
    • Events with 1000 to 5,000 attendees that involve six or more public health risk factors.
  • Tier 2 events criteria
    • Events with 1000 to 5,000 attendees.
    • No more than five public health risk factors.
  • Tier 1 and 2 events must
    • Submit a COVIDSafe Event Plan to the Victorian Government for public health review and approval.
  • Tier 3 events criteria
    • Events with 1000 or fewer.
    • Risk factors do not apply.
    • Do not require approval by Government. They must align with the Restricted Activity Directions and can proceed by submitting a COVIDSafe Event Checklist or an existing COVIDSafe plan for their venue or business.
  • If a venue is holding a public event outside of ordinary, day-to-day operations, use, activities or services, the event organiser will be required to complete a COVIDSafe Event Plan or a COVIDSafe Event Checklist. Use the Public event self-assessment tool.
  • If you are both the venue operator and the organiser, then both a COVIDSafe Plan and a COVIDSafe Event plan are required.
  • Festivals will need to have an overall COVIDSafe Event Plan for the entire festival – not necessarily for each individual venue. However, the plan will need to include COVIDSafe measures for each venue and each site’s venue operator will be required to have a COVIDSafe Plan.
  • Depending on the size and risk factors associated with the event, each individual venue will be assessed by the Victorian Government.

Cleaning

For all Victorian workplaces:

  • Employers should ensure shared spaces and public spaces are cleaned with disinfectant regularly, with high touch surfaces cleaned twice each day. Shared equipment should be cleaned between uses.

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