Link to DHHS Victoria

Update November 22, 2020: Last Step restrictions apply across all of Victoria

  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies:
    • Indoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: Cap of 150 with a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm. No group limit.
    • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: Cap of 300 with a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm. No group limit.
    • Either indoor or outdoor ceremony, not both at the same time.
  • Weddings, including receptions:
    • Cap of 150 people with density quotient of 1 per 4sqm indoors or outdoors. No group limit.
    • Weddings at private residences: private gathering limit applies.
    • Persons necessary to conduct the wedding (such as celebrant or wait staff) excluded from this limit.
  • Funerals:
    • Cap of 150 mourners with density quotient of 1 per 4sqm indoors or outdoors. No group limit.
    • Funerals at private residences: private gathering limit applies. Persons necessary to conduct the funeral (such as a faith leader) excluded from this limit.

Sources:

Summary of Restrictions of Last Step– State wide 

Statement from the Premier

Update November 8, 2020: Third Step restrictions apply across all of Victoria

From 11:59 pm on Sunday 8th November. The same restrictions apply in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

  • Outdoor religious gatherings can be held near a place of worship with up to 50 people plus a faith leader. Outdoor proximity  – there are no clear definition on proximity but must be in ‘reasonable’ proximity to the church.
  • Indoor religious gatherings can be held with up to 10 people per group (plus a faith leader), and 20 people per facility.
  • Funerals: 50 people (outdoors) and up to 20 people (indoors). This limit doesn’t include infants under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral.
  • Weddings are limited to 10 people including the two witnesses. The couple, celebrant and photographer are not included in the 10-person cap.
    • A wedding or funeral held in a private residence will be limited to the members of the household and up to two visitors, plus the people required to conduct the ceremony.
  • Ceremonies and services can still be recorded or broadcast live from the place of worship for viewing online. Those who are necessary to conduct the ceremony can be on site to record and live stream services.
  • Essential public support services continue to be open. Essential public support services include food banks, help for the homeless or other essential activities.
  • Pastoral visits/ Home and Prayer groups
    • You can have up to two people visit you at home each day. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The two people may be from different households and may visit separately. This replaces the household and single social bubbles.
    • It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask and keep a record for contact tracing.
  • Singing  at a place of worship: Yes, but small choirs or singers should only perform in well ventilated indoor settings and must be limited to a maximum of 5 singers or wind instrument players. Performers must be 2 meters apart and 5 meters from the audience.  Singing outdoors is strongly recommended.

Sources:

Summary of Restrictions of the Third Step – State-wide 

Statement from the Premier

Vic Gov – Religion & Ceremonies

Restricted Activities Directions

Stay Safe Directions

Update October 26, 2020 METRO MELBOURNE

Summary of the Third Step and further easing of restrictions

 Under the Third Step, and from 11:59pm on Tuesday, Melbourne will move from “stay home” to “stay safe”, with no more restrictions on the reasons to leave home.

  • Indoor religious  gatherings: Allowed for up to 10 people, plus one faith leader
    • Strict requirements to be contained in a COVID Safe Plan
    • Can only have one gathering at a time whether indoor or outdoor
  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: up to 20 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship
    • Can only have one gathering at a time whether indoor or outdoor
  • Private worship: allowed for a household, and two adults and any of their children or dependents, plus a faith leader
  •  Weddings: up to 10 people, including couple and two witnesses, celebrant and one photographer excluded from cap
  •  Funerals: up to 20 people, people to conduct funeral and infants under 12 months not included in cap

Melbourne Metro Easing Restrictions (updated 27/10/2020)

Statement from Premier

Update October 25,2020 – Regional Victoria

Easing in the Third Step/ From 11:59 pm 27/10/2020

  • Indoor religious gatherings: Allowed for up to 20 people, plus one faith leader.
    • Strict requirements to be contained in a COVID Safe Plan
    • Can only have one gathering at a time whether indoor or outdoor
  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: up to 50 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship
    • Can only have one gathering at a time whether indoor or outdoor
  • Private worship: allowed for up to two adults and their dependents, plus a faith leader
  • Weddings: up to 10 people outdoors, including couple and two witnesses, celebrant and one photographer excluded from cap
  • Funerals:
    • Indoors – 20 indoors
    • Outdoors – 50 outdoors

infants under 12 months and people to conduct funeral not included in cap.

Full summary of the ease of restrictions

Statement from the Premier

 

Update October 18, 2020

From Sunday 11:59pm 18 October 2020 changes are being made to restrictions in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Changes for metropolitan Melbourne – Second Step Restrictions

From 11:59pm 18 October 2020, the changes to restrictions include:

  • You can now travel up to 25 km from your home or permitted workplace within metropolitan Melbourne. This replaces the 5km rule. Travel to regional Victoria is still only allowed for permitted purposes even if this is within 25 kms. This means you cannot travel into regional Victoria for exercise or recreation.
  • You can leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two-hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.
  • You can meet in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place to socialise (children under 12 months of age not included in the limit). An outdoor public place means areas accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches. This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
  • You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
  • Some outdoor activities can take place in outdoor sport and recreation facilities.
  • More people (up to groups of five workers) who work outdoors will be able to return to work.
  • The maximum number of people permitted to use outdoor swimming pools for exercise has been increased by the density quotient to a maximum of 30 people.

Click here to view METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE – Summary of easing of restrictions at 11:59PM on Sunday 18 October and Sunday 1 November.

Changes for regional Victoria – Third Step Restrictions

From 11:59pm 18 October 2020, the changes to restrictions include:

  • You can have up to two people visit you at home each day. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The two people may be from different households. This replaces the household bubbles.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings are allowed for up to 20 people plus one faith leader. This replaces the limit of ten people. This includes ceremonies, with no sharing of food, drink, crockery, utensils, vessels or other equipment by participants.
  • Libraries and toy libraries can open for up to 20 people indoors. No more than 10 people can gather in a space (for example for a class). The one person per four square metre rule Signage, cleaning and record-keeping requirements apply.
  • The limits of people in restaurants and cafes increases. You can have up to 70 people outdoors and up to 10 people per indoor space with a maximum of 40 people per venue indoors. The two- and four-square metre rules apply. Indoor spaces must be separated by permanent structures (should reach floor to ceiling or be at least 2.1 metres high) or be a discrete area of the premises. Businesses must continue to ensure people from metropolitan Melbourne do not eat-in.
  • Indoor swimming pools can open exclusively for those aged 18 and under. There is a limit of 20 customers in the pool or the one person per four square metre rule (whichever is the smaller number of people).One parent/guardian/carer per child is permitted for supervision purposes and not included in the limit. Swimming classes can resume.

Click here to view REGIONAL VICTORIA Summary of easing of restrictions at 11:59PM on Sunday 18 October and Sunday 1 November .

 

Update September 27, 2020 Changes to Second Step (Metro Melbourne Road Map)

(Scroll down for Regional Victoria road map)

Victorias roadmap for reopening How we live in metropolitan Melbourne

Statement from the Premier

Metropolitan Melbourne will be in the Second Step Towards COVID Normal from 11:59pm on 27 September.

  • Curfew: does not apply from 5am 28 September 2020
  • Religious ceremonies broadcast: a maximum of 5 people can attend a place of worship to conduct ceremony being broadcast.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: permitted with a limit of five people, plus one faith leader. Must be adjacent to the place of worship with only one group permitted at a time. Sharing of food, drink, crockery, utensils, vessels or other equipment by participants is not permitted.
  • Weddings permitted in outdoor public spaces with a maximum of 5 attendees, including the couple and two witnesses, but not including the celebrant. Weddings do not need to occur proximate to a place of worship.
  • Face coverings: A face covering means a face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Face shields on their own do not meet these requirements. There will be a one-week grace period in enforcement.
  • Funerals: up to 10 people, plus infants under 12 months and people to conduct funeral

Update September 7, 2020 (Road map for re-opening all of Victoria)

MELBOURNE

First Step – Melbourne

CURRENT FROM 11.59pm 13 SEPTEMBER 2020:

  • Curfew in place 9pm to 5am
  • Stay within 5km of your home except for permitted reasons such as work or education if these cannot be done at home
  • Exercise or recreation: 2 people or a household can meet outdoors for two hours maximum
  • Visitors to the home: “Single person bubble” 1 nominated visitor if living alone/single parent (all children under 18)
  • Shopping for essentials, 1 person per household, once a day
  • Weddings: only for compassionate reasons, with up to 5 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant)
  • Funerals: allowed with up to 10 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral)
  • Religion: places of worship closed. Only via live broadcast.
    FAQs

Second Step – Melbourne (refer to changes in Update September 27)

Metro Melbourne can move to the second step after 28 September AND when we reach an average daily case rate in metro Melbourne of 30 to 50 cases over a 14-day period with public health advice regarding transmission source.

  • Only leave home for 4 reasons: school or work (if these cannot be done from home), care or caregiving, to purchase essentials, exercise
  • Public gatherings: up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors for social interaction (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)
  • Visitors to the home: “Single person bubble” 1 nominated visitor if living alone/single parent (all children under 18)
  • Weddings: Only for compassionate reasons allowed with up to 5 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant).
  • Funerals: allowed with up to 10 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral).
  • Religion: places of worship closed, outdoor gatherings (not ceremonies) of up to 5 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship, are allowed.

 Third Step – Melbourne

CURRENT AFTER 26 OCTOBER AND Daily average number of cases in the last 14 days is less than 5 (state-wide) AND less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days (state-wide total). The time period must pass AND the number of cases must be low enough to move to the next step. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Spend time with others outside where possible
  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people
  • Visitors allowed at home from 1 other household (up to 5 people)
  • Weddings:allowed with up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant)
  • Funerals:allowed with up to 20 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral)
  • Religion:outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader, facilities open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader

Last Step – Melbourne

CURRENT AFTER 23 NOVEMBER AND when there are no new cases for 14 days. The time period must pass AND the number of cases must be low enough to move to the next step. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Public gatherings: up to 50 people outdoors
  • Visitors in the home: up to 20 visitors at a time
  • Weddings: allowed with 50 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant), 20 in a private residence
  • Funerals: allowed with 50 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral), 20 in a private residence
  • Religion: public worship (not including private ceremonies e.g. baptism) can resume in outdoor and indoor settings subject to density quotient

COVID Normal – Melbourne

CURRENT WHEN there are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • No restrictions on visitors at home
  • Weddings, funerals, religion: no limits but organisers required to keep records of attendees

 

REGIONAL VICTORIA

Victorias roadmap for reopening How we live in Regional Victoria

Second Step – Regional Victoria

CURRENT FROM 11:59pm 13 SEPTEMBER:

  • Only leave home for 4 reasons: school or work (if these cannot be done from home), care or caregiving, to purchase essentials, exercise
  • Public gatherings: up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors for social interaction (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)
  • Visitors to the home: “Single person bubble” 1 nominated visitor if living alone/single parent (all children under 18)
  • Childcare is open to all children
  • Schools return to onsite learning from Term 4 with safety measures
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation allowed
  • Restaurants and cafes open for takeaway and delivery only
  • Retail: open, with density and other restrictions, hairdressing open
  • Weddings: allowed with up to 5 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant).
  • Funerals: allowed with up to 10 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral).
  • Religion: places of worship closed, outdoor gatherings (not ceremonies) of up to 5 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship, are allowed.
    FAQs

 Third Step – Regional Victoria

WHEN: Daily average number of cases in the last 14 days in Regional Victoria is less than 5 AND less than 0 cases in Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the last 14 days. This is a trigger point for public health review

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Spend time with others outside where possible
  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people outdoors
  • Visitors allowed at home from 1 other household (up to 5 people)
  • Weddings:allowed with up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant).
  • Funerals:allowed with up to 20 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral).
  • Religion:outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader are allowed, facilities open for private worship for household
    FAQs

Last Step – Regional Victoria

WHEN: AFTER 23 NOVEMBER and when there are no new cases for 14 days across Victoria. The time period must pass AND the number of cases must be low enough to move to the next step. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Public gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors
  • Up to 20 visitors at home
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with some restrictions
  • Weddings: allowed with 50 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant), 20 in a private residence.
  • Funerals: allowed with 50 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral), 20 in a private residence.
  • Religion:public worship (not including private ceremonies e.g. baptism) can resume in outdoor and indoor settings subject to density quotient.
COVID Normal – Regional Victoria

WHEN: There are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • No restrictions on visitors at home
  • Weddings, funerals, religion: no limits but organisers required to keep records of attendees