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Update 23/03/21 Updated COVIDsafe settings: FURTHER RELAX COVIDSAFE SETTINGS

From 6pm on Friday 26 March, Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, including allowing for more visitors in the home, reduced mask wearing and an increase in the number of people allowed in live music venues and other settings. 

Source:
Statement from acting Premier (Hyperlink attached statement)

Religious ceremonies and gatherings

  • Density of 1 per 2sqm applies
  • Venues must use electronic record keeping through the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system (venues will have a 28day compliance amnesty)
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time
  • All faith organisations must have a COVIDSafe Plan

Gatherings

  • In homes: up to 100 people
  • Outdoors: up to 200 people

Weddings

  • No attendee caps indoors or outdoors
  • Record keeping required

Funerals

  • No attendee caps indoors or outdoors
  • Record keeping required

Work

  • On-site work will no longer be capped.
  • All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan

Masks

  • Masks will no longer need to be worn in retail settings
  • Wearing a face mask when singing indoors is highly recommended
  • Victorians will still be required to carry their masks and wear them if physical distancing is not possible

Statement from the Premier

 

Update Feb 26, 2021: COVIDSAFE SETTINGS – FROM 11:59PM FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2021

  Social gathering:
  • Leave home: No restriction on reasons to leave home but stay safe.
  • Public gatherings: Up to 100 people can gather in public from any number of households, infants under 12 months are not included in the cap.
  • Visitors to the home: Up to 30 visitors can visit a home in a day (infants under 12 months are not counted in the cap). Visitors may be from any number of households and may visit either together or separately. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.
 Face masks:
  • Face masks: Must be carried at all times. Mandatory when inside retail stores where the indoor space is 2,000 square metres or more such as shopping centres, retail stores inside shopping centres, department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets, when travelling on public transport or when travelling in a commercial passenger vehicle or tour vehicle, when visiting a hospital, when visiting or working in a care facility (unless a lawful exemption applies). A person who is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 must wear a face covering.
  • Any person diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19, or who is a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, must wear a face covering if leaving home/accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care.
 Work:
  • Workers may attend onsite as required. On-site office work capped at no more than 75 per cent of a workforce on-site (both public and private sectors).
  • All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.
 Ceremonies and special occasions:
  • Weddings: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors. Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record (ie. paper-based) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. For weddings held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 30 people applies.
  • Funerals: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors. Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record (ie. paper-based) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. For funerals held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 30 people applies.
  • Ceremonies and religious gatherings: Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies. Venues using the density quotient of 1 per 2sqm must use electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record keeping (ie. paper- based) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time.
 Sources:

Statement from the Premier

COVIDSafe religion and ceremonies guidance 

Industry Restart Guidelines Religion and Ceremonies

Religion and ceremony FAQ

 

 Update Feb 17, 2021: COVID Safe Summer from 17/2/2021 11:59PM

 Social gathering:
  • Leave home: No restriction on reasons to leave home but stay safe.
  • Public gatherings: Up to 20 people can gather outdoors from any number of households, infants under 12 months are not included in the cap.
  • Visitors to the home: Up to 5 visitors can visit a home in a day (infants under 12 months are not counted in the cap). Visitors may be from any number of households and may visit either together or separately. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.
 Face masks:
  • Face masks: Must be carried at all times. Mandatory when inside (except in a residential home) and outdoors when cannot maintain 1.5m physical distancing (unless a lawful exemption applies). Strongly recommended to wear when visitors attend your home.
  • Any person diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19, or who is a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, must wear a face covering if leaving home/accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care.
Ceremonies and special occasions:
  • Weddings: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors, density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. For weddings held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 5 people applies.
  • Funerals: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors, density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. . For a funeral held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 5 people applies.
  • Ceremonies and religious gatherings: Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies. Venues using the density quotient of 1 per 2sqm must use electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time.
Education and childcare:
  • Childcare and early education: Open.
  • Schools: Open.
  • Adult education: Open with no density quotient required in classroom settings
Work:
  • Workers may attend onsite as required. On-site office work capped at no more than 50 per cent of a workforce on-site (both public and private sectors).
  • All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.
Sources:

Statement from the Premier

 

Update Feb 12, 2021: COVID -19 Circuit breaker lockdown restrictions

Premier Daniel Andrews has declared a state-wide circuit breaker lockdown from 11:59pm tonight, Friday 12th February, until 11.59pm Wednesday  17th February, 2021.

Social gatherings, leaving home and visitors:

Stay at home unless:

  • Shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)
  • Caregiving or compassionate reasons
  • Essential work or permitted education
  • Exercise (can leave for two hours of exercise)
  • Other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply)
  • Intrastate travel: travel limit of 5km from place of primary residence
Ceremonies and religious gatherings:

From 11:50pm tonight, all Places of religion will be closed other than for broadcasting of services

  • Funerals can involve no more than 10 people (indoor and outdoor)
  • Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or other exceptional reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)
Resources:

 

Update Feb 3, 2021: New state-wide restrictions come into effect from 11:59pm  3 February.

  • The limit on the number of people gathering in a household will be reduced from 30 to 15, meaning the household members plus 15 visitors (excluding children under 12 months of age).
  • Masks will be mandatory in public indoor spaces. If you have visitors in your home, it is strongly recommended that masks are worn during the visit. Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask.
  • The 75 per cent ‘return to work’ cap in both public and private sectors scheduled for Monday 8 February will be paused and the current cap of 50% will remain in place.

Information on Face Masks

Lawful reasons for not wearing face masks

 

Update January 14, 2020: Face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings

From 11.59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings.

These requirements are in line with settings that were in place at Christmas time.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:

  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • inside indoor markets
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals.

You should always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

 

Update Dec 6, 2020 – COVIDSafe Summer from Monday 7 December 2020

Resources:

Statement from the Premier
COVIDSafe Summer – How we work
COVIDSafe Summer – How we live
Religion and ceremony FAQ

 Religious Gatherings and Ceremonies at a Place of Worship
  • Religious gatherings can occur with no limits on the number of attendees
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time
  • To ensure people can keep 1.5 metres distance the venue must apply the two square metre rule
  • Venues using the density quotient of 1 per 2sqm must use electronic record keeping (The Victorian Government has a free QR code service)
  • If venues are not using electronic record, a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies
  • Cleaningdensitysignage and record keeping requirements continue to apply
Weddings
  • No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors
  • Density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping (The Victorian Government has a free QR code service) 
  • In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies
  • If held in a private residence, up to 30 guests can attend
  • Density quotient of 1 per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people
  • Cleaningdensitysignage and record keeping requirements continue to apply
Funerals
  • No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors
  • Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping (The Victorian Government has a free QR code service)
  • In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies
  • If held in a private residence, up to 30 guests can attend
  • Cleaningdensitysignage and record keeping requirements continue to apply
Social Gatherings/ Home church
  • Indoor: You can have up to 30 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.
  • Outdoor: Up to 100 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from
Work and business
  • Staged return to the workplace for small, medium and large companies with staggered arrival and exit times. Up to 25 per cent of staff may attend onsite
  • Work from home to continue for anyone else
  • 50 per cent return for office workers by 11 January
Face coverings
  • you must carry a face mask with you when you leave home
  • Wearing a face mask is only mandatory on public transport, while in taxis or ride share vehicles, or when going to large retail venues, including shopping centres, supermarkets and department stores
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended indoors and outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people
  • Click here to view more information
Record Keeping
  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria to stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service

 

Press Releases

Australian Union and Victorian Conference press Release (17 March 2020) re Church Closures 
Australian Union Conference Press Release (13 March 2020)
Risk Management Services update (12 March 2020)

 

Resources

Covid-19 Mental Health Survival Guide
Face Mask: Key points and Q and A from DHHS 
Design and preparation of cloth mask PDF
How can I make a face mask – Video clip
How to wear a medical/surgical mask
How to wear a fabric mask
Click here to see 10 ways to reduce your risk of Coronavirus
Zoom Meeting Safety Tips
Virtual Meeting Guidelines
COVID-19 and the local Church (inc food safety)
COVID-19 What You Need to Know 
Home Isolation Guidance
COVID -19 – factsheet for the Victorian public

 

Posters

Gel your hands before entry poster 
Wash your hands regularly poster
Do Not Enter poster for your Church
Cover your cough and sneeze poster
COVID -19 – general advice poster for Victorians
Wash your hands regularly poster

 

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