COVID-19 INFO HUB

Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus (COVID-19) website

COVIDSafe Settings – Metropolitan Melbourne & Regional Victoria

Over 8, 000,000 Victorians have been tested since the first of January 2020, and this important work continues.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), call the coronavirus hotline (1800 675 398) for assistance and please get tested.

As of 11:59pm, Thursday 18 November 2021, restrictions have changed. 

Almost all restrictions have eased for fully vaccinated Victorians, but some Covid-19 risks remain. There are things we can all do to make ourselves and others safe. As you live and work, remember these COVIDSafe principles:

  • We recommend wearing a mask if you can’t socially distance, have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19. Masks are required indoors at retail, health, care and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport/taxis/rideshare. See the Face masks page for information about where masks are required.
  • You can reduce risks by maintaining 1.5 metre distance from others where possible, using hand sanitiser and practising good hygiene. Ventilation and air filtration helps. Consider opening windows to let fresh air blow through or catching up with friends outdoors.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or you have been advised to get tested by a contact, workplace or school, get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you get a negative result.
  • If you have COVID-19, or you are a household contact, you need to quarantine. If your symptoms get rapidly worse, please seek help. Visit the hospital if it’s an emergency.
  • Remember to check in everywhere every time using the Services Victoria app.
  • Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’re at a much higher risk of going to hospital.

Book an appointment today.

Getting vaccinated

Book your appointment here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment

Anyone aged 12 and over is eligible to receive the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at participating venues. Read more about how to book your appointment. Learn more about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Anyone aged 18 and over can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Learn more about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with a disability or special requirements, can visit any Victorian vaccination centre, without needing to book an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are now available

COVID-19 booster doses are now available to anyone aged 18 and over who had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago. Read more on how to book your vaccine appointment for a booster dose, including information on walk-in options.

A COVID-19 booster dose helps prevent waning immunity (loss of protection) against COVID-19. You can get a COVID-19 booster dose from a GP or pharmacy, or a Victorian vaccination centre.

Most people will receive the Pfizer vaccine as their booster dose. You can get this booster dose regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine you received for your initial doses.

AstraZeneca can be used as a booster dose if you:

  • received AstraZeneca for your first two doses, and there are no contraindications or precautions for use
  • had a significant adverse reaction to a previous mRNA vaccine dose (for example, Pfizer or Moderna) that means you cannot have another dose of an mRNA vaccine.

If you’re not sure which booster dose you’re eligible for, talk to your GP.

Booster doses will also appear on your Australian Immunisation Record.

COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe and voluntary. The more people who choose to get vaccinated, the greater the protection for those vaccinated and the whole community.

Read more about COVID-19 vaccines.

 Vaccination Requirements

Many venues can only open for people (including workers) who are fully vaccinated or excepted.

Fully vaccinated means someone who:

  • has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • has a valid medical exemption, or
  • is under the age of 12 and two months.

Many workers are also required to be fully vaccinated if they are leaving home for work, regardless of whether their place of work is open for fully vaccinated patrons. See more information about workers required to be vaccinated.

Going Out

Venues you can attend if you are fully vaccinated include:

  • food and drink venues (e.g., restaurants and pubs)
  • nightlife venues (e.g., bars and nightclubs)
  • entertainment venues (e.g., cinemas, zoos)
  • events (e.g., festivals, fun runs and conferences)
  • tourism venues (e.g., walking tours, buses)
  • casinos/gaming venues and adult entertainment venues

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter these venues.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to food and drink venues operating for takeaway only.

Getting Active

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend sporting and recreation facilities (e.g., sports grounds, gyms, and swimming pools) and sporting events.

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to people involved in community sport (e.g., a local footy match) or people using swimming pools for essential medical care like hydrotherapy.

Getting Goods and Services

Venues you can attend if you are fully vaccinated include:

  • non-essential retail stores (e.g., books and jewellery shops)
  • personal services (e.g., a hairdresser and beauty parlour)
  • community premises (e.g., a library) and creative arts premises
  • real estate services (inspection and auction)

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.

If vaccination status isn’t being checked:

  • real estate inspections can go ahead by private appointment for a single household, and the estate agent does not enter the premises during the inspection.
  • Community facilities can host essential public support groups, support services and health services in limited numbers.

Vaccination requirements do not apply to essential retail stores (e.g., supermarkets, post office).

Seeing others

There are no limits to the number of people you can gather with in your home or in public places (e.g., A park or beach).

We strongly recommend that everyone who you are gathering at your home or in a public place is fully vaccinated.

Weddings, funerals and worship

If everyone present is fully vaccinated, you can host or attend weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies at places of worship with no limits on density or attendance.

If vaccination status isn’t being checked, these events are restricted to one person per 4 sqm up to a maximum of 50 people per facility. The cap at funerals doesn’t include those required to conduct the funeral and the cap at weddings doesn’t include the marrying couple, celebrant or photographer.

Work, education and childcare

Workplaces are open, but you must be fully vaccinated if:

  • you are working somewhere that’s only open for fully vaccinated people (e.g., restaurant), or
  • if you are a worker or volunteer who is required to be vaccinated if working outside home.

Schools, childcare centres and early childhood education are open to all ages. Masks must be worn indoors at school by staff, visitors and students in primary school.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend adult education facilities (e.g., university, TAFE). If you are not fully vaccinated, you can’t enter unless it cannot be taught online.

Travel

There are no limits on travel or accommodation in Victoria.

We strongly recommend that people staying in accommodation venues in Victoria (e.g., hotels, Airbnb) are fully vaccinated.

Vaccination requirements still apply to relevant settings within an accommodation complex, such as a restaurant or a gym.

There are no limits on leaving Victoria, but travel may be impacted by rules at your destination. Check before you book. When you return, you must obtain a permit from Service Victoria and follow your permit conditions and requirements.

High-risk settings

There are limits on attending high-risk settings, even if you’re fully vaccinated.

Residents at care facilities can have up to five visitors per day including dependents for any reason. We strongly recommend that all residents and visitors are fully vaccinated.

Visitors to hospitals are still limited to a small number of circumstances, such as end-of-life.

Masks are still compulsory indoors in many settings. See Face masks – when to wear a face mask for more information on where masks are required.

Face masks

Masks are required in certain settings across Victoria.

  • Indoors only for primary school staff and visitors, and for students in Grades 3 to 6.
  • Workers serving the public at hospitality venues, for workers and customers at indoor retail.
  • Workers in high-risk settings such as in prison, other detention facilities and meat processing. Standard exceptions will apply.
  • Visitors and workers in hospitals and care facilities.
  • On public transport, and in taxis/rideshare and commercial flights.
  • There will also be mask requirements, density limits and caps in place for weddings, funerals, worship settings and other settings if the vaccination status of people attending is unknown, or not being checked.
  • At an airport.

Exceptions for not wearing a face mask

A face mask is not required to be worn in mandated settings for:

  • Infants
  • Students in primary school in grade 2 or below and students in secondary school.
  • Persons who have a physical or mental health condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, including persons with obstructed breathing, a serious skin condition of the face, an intellectual disability, a mental health condition or persons who have experienced trauma.
  • Persons communicating with those who are deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety.
  • Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth is essential. This includes teaching, lecturing or broadcasting.
  • The person is working by themselves in an enclosed indoor space such as in an empty classroom unless another person enters that space.
  • When asked to remove the face mask to ascertain identity. For instance, where asked by police, security, bank or post office staff to remove a face mask to ascertain identity.
  • The person is undergoing dental or medical care or treatment to the extent that such care or treatment requires no face mask be worn.
  • The person is a prisoner in a prison, subject to any policies of that prison.
  • The person is detained in a remand centre, youth residential centre or youth justice centre, subject to any policies of that centre.
  • The person is escaping harm or the risk of harm, including harm relating to family violence or violence of another person.
  • For emergency purposes.
  • Where not doing so is not safe in all the circumstances.

You do not need a medical certificate stating that you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask. If you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask, you do not need to apply for an exemption or permit.

If you are stopped by police in a setting where face masks are mandatory, they will ask you to confirm the lawful reason you are not wearing a face mask.

Further information

We are working to update our website as new announcements related to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria are made, to provide you the most up-to-date information and resources if you need assistance during this time.

For Business Support: visit our Business Support Page

 

Useful contacts and links

If you are feeling symptoms, or are in need of an emergency relief package: Victorian Coronavirus Hotline (1800 675 398)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates:

Employment information:

Your rights at work:

Consumer and Tenancy advice:

Wellbeing support:

Please remember that during this crisis, wait times for hotlines can be long. Please remain patient. If you require assistance via a hotline, please remain on hold and keep trying.

 

We’re in this together

It is important to keep in mind that the current COVID-19 situation is constantly changing. Keeping up-to-date with announcements and requirements is essential at this time.

To keep up-to-date with the most accurate and timely information, please install the VicEmergency App on your Apple or Android device and follow Premier Dan Andrews on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also follow Danielle Green on Facebook and Instagram.

Stay healthy and safe during this crisis and remember to wash your hands.