Department of Health and Human Services - Third Step Restrictions are Now in Place in Victoria
Restrictions eased from 11:59pm last night; Sunday 8 November 2020
Third Step restrictions apply across Victoria. The same restrictions apply in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
- You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. There are no limits on how far you can travel or the reasons you can travel. You do not need a permit to travel. The 25km limit on how far you can travel no longer applies.
- You can go on holiday in Victoria and book accommodation. You can go camping. You can book accommodation to share with the people you live with, your intimate partner, and up to two other people and their dependents.
- Face masks must be worn when you leave home.
- 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. Your intimate partner is not included in the cap.
- Outdoor gatherings in a public place are limited to up to 10 people, infants under 12 months not included in the cap. A public place means an area that everyone can access, for example a local park or the beach.
- Cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants can serve up to 70 people outdoors and up to 40 people indoors. Smaller venues can seat a smaller number of customers in line with density limits and spacing requirements. Patrons must sign-in.
- Indoor exercise, including gyms, are open with limits on the number of people in spaces. Exercise and classes can resume with up to 10 people per indoor space and a limit of 20 people per facility. Equipment must be cleaned between uses. You must wear a face mask unless you are out of breath. Exercise must be non-contact. Temporary structures can be set up to divide spaces, subject to the overall indoor cap of 20 and a density limit of 1 person per 8m2.
- Indoor non-contact sport can also resume for those aged 18 years and under. Up to 20 people can participate in the indoor exercise (like a dance class, indoor community sport is limited to the minimum number of people required to play the sport, up 20 people). There are limits on spectators to one parent, guardian, or carer where the child requires supervision. Non-contact means that the activity can be done within a distance of 1.5 metres.
- Indoor pools can open for all ages, for up to 20 people or the density limit (1 person per 4m2) – whichever is lower.
- Outdoor religious gatherings can be held near a place of worship with up to 50 people plus a faith leader. While attending a religious gathering there are steps you need to take to keep yourself and others safe including not sharing food, drink or items. You must also wear a mask, unless you have exemption.
- Indoor religious gatherings can be held with up to 10 people per group (plus a faith leader), and 20 people per facility. While attending a religious gathering there are steps you need to take to keep yourself and others safe, including not sharing food, drink or items. You must also wear a mask, unless you have an exemption. There will be restrictions in place that includes limiting the service length to a maximum of 90 minutes and maintaining at least 5 metres between each group of 10.
- Funerals will be allowed with up to 50 people if held outdoors and up to 20 people if held indoors. This limit doesn’t include infants under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral.
- Community venues, including libraries and neighbourhood houses, are open for up to 20 people indoors with a maximum of 10 people per space, subject to density limits.
- Real estate inspections and auctions can be held with up to 10 people from different households, plus the owners/residents of the property and the real estate agent.
- Indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas and theatres, can open with up to 20 people per space, subject to density limits. There can be up to 20 people in each space (for example, a screening room or gallery space) and staggered performance times to avoid crowds in foyers and bathrooms. Smaller venues can seat a smaller number of customers.
- Electronic gaming may open in venues. Patrons playing electronic games are included in the 40 person indoor patron cap for a venue. Venues can have up to 10 patrons (equivalent to 25% of the indoor patron cap) in electronic gaming rooms, subject to density limits, maintaining at least 1.5 metres between players, and with every second machine turned off.
Who does this apply to, and when?
Third Step restrictions apply to everybody in Victoria.
Is this compulsory, or voluntary?
It is compulsory. The Chief Health Officer of Victoria has issued a lawful direction as part of the current State of Emergency.
Do I need a permit to travel?
No, you don’t need a permit to travel within Victoria for any reason.For more information refer to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19