Summer Season Covid19: Victoria’s New Restrictions that You Need to Know14 December 2020
Victorians will be able to hold larger gatherings and events under the “COVID-safe summer” round of restrictions kicking in on Monday. Premier Daniel Andrews says this set of rules will remain in place for the next couple of months. Below are Victoria’s new restrictions that you need to know.
For Hospitality Venues
The cap on the number of people who can visit hospitality venues will also be removed, subject to a density limit of one person per 2 square metres. Up to 25 patrons will be allowed in a venue before the density quotient kicks in, no matter how small the venue is.
The cap on weddings, funerals and religious gatherings will be removed, subject to a new density limit of one person per 2 square metres. Dance floors at weddings will be allowed again, but there will be a one person per four square metre rule, with a maximum of 50 people. If you’re having one of these events at your home, the 30-person limit applies.
Mask rules relaxed slightly, but you still need to carry one. You will still need to carry a face mask at all times, unless you have a medical exemption. But they will only remain mandatory in a few settings: public transport, rideshare vehicles and taxis, and some retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.
Wearing masks in other settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained is encouraged, but not mandatory. Masks are now only mandatory on public transport, taxi services, and large retail settings. Hospitality cap lifted as standing in bars comes back
Using a QR code to keep track of patrons who visit the venue will be mandatory. In a massive change for the hospitality sector, standing service will be allowed again. Dancing will also be allowed again, subject to the same D-floor rules as weddings: one person per 4 square metres, with a maximum of 50 people.
Relaxed Restrictions on Travels
Victorians will be able to have up to 30 visitors to their home per day. The limit of 30 applies across the whole day — so you can’t have 30 people over for lunch and then have 30 people over for dinner too. There’s no limit on how many households can visit, so if all 30 people come from different households, that’s fine. Public gathering limits will increase to 100 people, from any number of households.
Indoor physical recreation facilities, such as gyms and community sports centres, will move to a density limit of one person per 4 square metres. COVID marshals will be required when the venue is staffed — but when the venue is not staffed, a density quotient of one person per 8 square metres will apply. Outdoor physical recreation and sport will have a density quotient of one person per 2 square metres.
Community facilities like libraries, RSLs and community halls will be subject to a density limit of one person per 2 square metres, with no other cap. Seated venues will be subject to the same density quotient, but with a maximum of 75 per cent fixed seating capacity and a maximum of 1,000 people.
Indoor non-seated entertainment venues, like galleries, will be able to hold up to half of their total capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people. A one person per 2 square metre density quotient also applies. Gaming will be subject to a density quotient of one person per 4 square metres, and standing service will be allowed.
ABC Australia. (2020, December). Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions are changing again — here’s what you need to know for summer. Retrieved from ABC Australia: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-06/victoria-coronavirus-restrictions-update-masks-bars-weddings-gym/12954852
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