Current COVID-19 restrictions

Information last updated: 10 November, 4:45pm

The Victorian Government has announced that from 11:59pm on 9 November 2020 metropolitan Melbourne will join regional Victoria at the third step of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Roadmap for Reopening.

 

This means:

  • Melbourne's 25-kilometre travel limit has been lifted.
  • A maximum of 2 people (from the same or different households) will be able to visit your home per day. Visitors can bring dependants if they can't be left at their home.
  • Up to 50 people can gather outdoors, or up to 20 people indoors (spacing restrictions apply), for religious ceremonies.
  • Up to 50 people outdoors, or 20 people indoors, can attend a funeral.
  • Up to 10 people can attend a wedding. The couple, celebrant and photographer are not included in the ten-person cap.

Some things are staying the same:

  • Groups of up to 10 can still meet in public, outdoor places. These 10 people can be from any number of households.
  • Victorians who can work from home, must keep working from home for now.
  • Face masks are still mandatory and must be fitted masks.

 

As restrictions ease it is more important than ever that we work together to keep ourselves and others safe. Wash your hand regularly, wear a face mask, cough and sneeze into your elbow, and keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.

Face shields and bandanas are no longer accepted as adequate face coverings (as of 12:00am, 5 October 2020). Victorians must wear only fitted face masks which cover both the nose and mouth. The mandatory face mask rules first introduced on 22 July 2020 are still in place (more details below).

 

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What are the current restrictions?

Metropolitan Melbourne is still in the Third Step of the roadmap to COVID-normal.

This means:

  • All retail, restaurants, and bars can reopen (patron limits and COVID-safe measures apply).
  • You can leave home for any reason.
  • You can have up to 2 people visit you at home each day. Dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The 2 visitors may be from different households and they do not have to visit at the same time. This replaces the household and the single social bubble restrictions.
  • Up to 50 people plus 1 faith leader can gather outdoors for religious ceremonies.
  • Indoor religious gatherings can be held with up to 10 people per group (plus a faith leader), and up to 20 people per facility. Groups must be in separate indoor spaces, at least 5 metres apart.
  • Up to 10 people can attend a wedding. The couple, celebrant and photographer are not included in the ten-person cap.
  • Up to 50 people outdoors, or 20 people indoors, can attend a funeral.
  • Outdoor community sport returns for children
  • Outdoor non-contact sport returns for adults

Restrictions that are still in place include:

  • You must wear a fitted face mask.
  • You can leave your home for any reason.
  • Groups of 10 can meet in public, outdoor places. These 10 people can be from any number of households.
  • You must work from home if you can.

You must keep 1.5m distance from others who are not part of your household. You must wear a face mask when you leave your home, and they are recommended when you visit or host others within a home. Get tested if you have even the mildest symptoms.

To see a full list of changes, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au

 

Household visits

From 9 November 2020, 2 people (plus dependents if they cannot stay at home) can visit another household. These 2 people may be from different households and they do not have to visit at the same time.

Things to note:

  • There is no time limit on the visits.
  • It is strongly recommended that you wear a mask and maintain 1.5m distance between yourself and others when you are visiting others or hosting someone in your home.
  • 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.
  • There are still on the spot fines that can be issued to those who breach rules about visitors to your home and outdoor gatherings.

Single Social Bubble and Intimate Partner restrictions

The new rules for household visits replace previous rules around household bubbles or single social bubbles. You can meet with up to 10 people in an outdoor public place, or have a maximum of 2 visitors to your home. These 2 people may be from different households and they do not have to visit at the same time.

Your intimate partner is not included in the 2 person cap on daily visitors. E.g. If you have already hosted 2 people within your home, your partner can also visit you that same day. 

 

Mandatory face masks

On 12:00am on 5 October 2020 face shields and bandanas were ruled to be no longer acceptable face coverings. From 5 October 2020, Victorians must only wear fitted face masks which cover both the nose and mouth. The mandatory face mask rules first introduced on 22 July 2020 are still in place, details below.

  • When leaving home for one of the 4 reasons, people 12 years and older must wear a face mask, unless an exemption applies.
  • If you are in the car alone or with someone from your household, you do not need to wear a face mask. You should put your face mask on before you leave your car.
  • If you are doing strenuous physical exercise you do not need to wear a face mask but you must carry one with you. Strenuous exercise includes activities like jogging, running or cycling, but not walking.

 

Business support and information

As of 11:59pm, 27 October 2020, retail, beauty and personal services, and hospitality can reopen, with patron limits and COVID-safe measures in place.

Businesses can find more information, advice and support by visiting our Business Moreland website or by looking at the Victorian Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Roadmap to Reopening.

 

More information about restrictions

For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) web page on current restrictions.

To see the next steps the Victoria Government has laid out for a road back to COVID Normal, see the Victorian Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Roadmap to Reopening.

For translations of the current restrictions, visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) web page on translated resources.