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.

For further details on the latest information about Victoria's coronavirus response and restrictions, and relevant resources, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au


State of Emergency

The current Declaration of State of Emergency has been extended through to 11.59pm, Friday 4 June 2021.

UPDATE

The Victorian Government has announced changes to Victoria’s restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria from 11.59pm Thursday 3 June 2021.

For a detailed overview of the changes, see the Table of Restrictions.

Following is a high-level summary.

Restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne

The current restrictions will remain in place in metropolitan Melbourne for a further seven days, with some small changes. From 11:59pm 3 June 2021:

  • There will still be only five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work and study, care and caregiving, exercise, and getting vaccinated.
  • A number of outdoor jobs will be added to the authorised list – like landscaping, painting, installing solar panels, or letterboxing.
  • Other restrictions – including mask wearing – will stay the same.
  • People will be able to travel further for exercise and shopping, with an expanded 10km radius.
  • People from Melbourne will not be able to travel to regional Victoria, including over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

For this period, all cultural and entertainment venues and creative studios in metropolitan Melbourne must remain closed. Acknowledging this will have a big impact on creative businesses and events, the Victorian Government will be extending its financial support with an additional $209.3 million in grants via the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package (see below for more information).

Restrictions for regional Victoria

Regional restrictions will ease from 11:59pm Thursday 3 June 2021. These changes are as follows:

  • Travel restrictions and the ‘five reasons to leave home’ will be lifted.
  • Restaurants and cafés can reopen to a maximum of 50.
  • Retail, beauty and personal care, community facilities, creative studios and some entertainment venues (see below) will also open in line with density limits.
  • Religious ceremonies and funerals will be capped at 50, weddings at ten.
  • If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Capacity limits in workplaces such as offices capped at 50 per cent or 20 people, whichever is greater.

Regional Victoria – Easing of restrictions for Creative Industries

The easing of restrictions for creative industries organisations, venues and businesses operating in regional Victoria are outlined below.

Creative Studios: Open: A maximum patron cap of 50 people per venue. Group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies.

Entertainment and Leisure:

Indoor fixed seated entertainment: Open up to 25% of seated capacity up to a maximum of 50 people per venue. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Outdoor fixed seated entertainment: Open up to 50% of seated capacity up to a maximum of 50 people per venue. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Non-seated indoor venues: Closed.

Non-seated outdoor venues: Open to maximum of 50 people per venue. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Group sizes to a maximum of 10 people.

Drive-in cinemas: Open to a maximum of 50 people per venue (stay in vehicles). Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Hospitality

Food and drink facilities, food courts: Open for seated service only with a maximum patron cap of 50 people per venue. Group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.


QR Codes – New requirements

QR code record keeping requirements will now be mandatory in retail settings, like supermarkets and shops.

Retailers must use the Service Victoria QR Code Service.

The 15-minute threshold will also be removed so anyone entering a shop or a cafe will need to check-in, regardless of how long they visit the premises.

See below for more on QR Codes.


COVIDSafe Plan

All workplaces with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan. Home-based businesses must also have a COVIDSafe Plan.

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 and face mask restrictions where required.

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.

Victorian Travel Permit System

Victoria has established a permit system for travel into Victoria from interstate and New Zealand.

From 11:59pm on 26 February, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia and New Zealand to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones.

The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate or New Zealand.

New South Wales/Victorian border communities will continue to have exceptions and will be able to use local residence identification to cross the border – such as a driver’s license.

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

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