Victoria's COVID restrictions are changing again. Here's what they will be from 11:59pm Friday

As Victorians hit the target of having 70 per cent of those aged over 16 single-dosed with a COVID-19 vaccine, some small changes are coming into effect.

Here are all the new rules and restrictions from 11:59pm on Friday, September 17.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Masks

Masks must be carried at all times and must be worn both indoors and outdoors.

Rest of regional Victoria: Masks

Masks must be carried at all times and must be worn both indoors and outdoors.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Movement

There are five reasons to leave home, including the new reason of socialising outdoors:

  • Shopping for necessary goods and services (one person from each, once household per day)
  • Caregiving or compassionate reasons
  • Authorised work or permitted education, or work interstate
  • Everyone is permitted to socialise or exercise with one other person outdoors for up to four hours. Those who are fully vaccinated can meet up outdoors with other fully vaccinated adults in groups of five, across two households, for up to four hours.
  • Getting vaccinated

The time allowed for outdoor exercise or socialising has doubled from two hours to four hours.

The 5-kilometre limit for shopping for essential goods and services and exercise has been increased to 10 kilometres. 

No private gatherings are allowed in the home except for intimate partner/single bubble visits.

A curfew remains in place in Melbourne from 9:00pm to 5:00am, but that rule does not apply to Ballarat.

Rest of regional Victoria: Movement

There are no restrictions on movement within regional Victoria.

No private gatherings in the home are allowed except for intimate partner/single bubble visits.

Regional Victorians may not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for work, education, care, and compassionate reasons or to get a vaccination.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Hospitals and care

No visitors are permitted into aged care or other residential facility settings, except for end-of-life reasons and other excepted reasons such as essential care and support.

Visitors to hospitals are restricted and must have a permitted reason, such as to provide support for physical or emotional wellbeing.

Rest of regional Victoria: Hospitals and care

No visitors are permitted into aged care or other residential facility settings, except for end-of-life reasons and other excepted reasons such as essential care and support.

Visitors to hospitals are restricted and must have a permitted reason, such as to provide support for physical or emotional wellbeing.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Education and childcare

Early learning centres, kindergarten, childcare and family day care remain closed except to vulnerable children and the children of authorised workers and single parents.

Schools remain closed, with remote learning in place for all but vulnerable children and the children of authorised workers.

Higher education and training remains remote only, unless on site for a permitted reason.

Rest of regional Victoria: Education and childcare

Early learning centres, kindergarten, childcare and family day care are open.

Schools are open to students from Prep to Grade 2, and those in year 12, and remote learning remains in place for other year levels.

Higher education and training remains remote only, unless on site for a permitted reason.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Workplaces

If you can work from home you should continue to do so.

Permits are required for those leaving the house for authorised work or permitted higher education, and permitted workers are allowed to commute during curfew hours if needed.

New rules have been introduced for construction workers, restricting them from travelling between regional areas and Melbourne.

All construction workers will also have to show proof of having had at least one vaccine by September 23 or they will be banned from their work site.

Rest of regional Victoria: Workplaces

If you can work from home you should continue to do so.

Offices will be allowed to have 25 per cent of staff return or up to 10 people in total if the workplace is 40 or less.

New rules have been introduced for construction workers, restricting them from travelling between regional areas and Melbourne.

All construction workers will also have to show proof of having had at least one vaccine by September 23 or they will be banned from their work site.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Gatherings

Everyone is permitted to socialise or exercise with one other person outdoors for up to four hours.

Those who are fully vaccinated can with meet up outdoors with other fully vaccinated adults in groups of five, across two households, for up to four hours.

Dependents are not included in the five-person limit.

Outdoor personal training is allowed for two people plus the trainer.

Visitors to the home are not be permitted unless it is an intimate partner or a member of a single bubble.

Rest of regional Victoria: Gatherings

Up to 10 people are allowed to meet up outdoors.

Visitors to the home are not be permitted unless it is an intimate partner or a member of a single bubble.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Shopping

Only essential retail remains open, including supermarkets.

The density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres applies.

Rest of regional Victoria: Shopping

All retail is open, but the density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres applies.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Weddings and funerals

Weddings are not permitted except for end-of-life and deportation reasons, and if allowed, limited to five people including the pair getting married.

Funerals are permitted with no more than 10 people.

Rest of regional Victoria: Weddings and funerals

Weddings are permitted with no more than 10 people (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses).

Funerals are permitted with no more than 20 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Melbourne and Ballarat: Entertainment

Up to five people will now be permitted at an entertainment venue to broadcast a performance.

Rest of regional Victoria: Entertainment

Some indoor and outdoor entertainment venues are permitted to operate with strict caps on visitor numbers.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Beauty services

All hairdressers and personal beauty care services remain closed.

Rest of regional Victoria: Beauty services

Regional beauty services, hairdressing and personal care are open, capped at 10 people.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Sport and exercise

Outdoor playgrounds remain open to children under 12 with a single parent or carer.

Outdoor skateparks and outdoor gym equipment will now be open.

Hydrotherapy is open for permitted purposes only.

Rest of regional Victoria: Sport and exercise

Indoor physical recreation, including gyms, will be able to reopen with up to 10 people.

Pools will reopen, with up to 50 people allowed at outdoor pools and 20 people at indoor pools.

Outdoor personal training is allowed with up to 10 people and the trainer.

Outdoor playgrounds, communal gym equipment and skateparks are open.

Only training is allowed for community sport.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Religious gatherings

No in-person gatherings are permitted, but up to five people may gather for a broadcast.

Rest of regional Victoria: Religious gatherings

Up to 20 people are allowed to gather.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Food

Hospitality remains open for takeaway only.

Rest of regional Victoria: Food

Hospitality venues are allowed to open for seated service only with a cap of 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Real estate

Auctions remain closed, but private inspections by appointment will be allowed in some circumstances.

Rest of regional Victoria: Real estate

Auctions are open, capped at 10 people, and private inspections are open, capped at 10 people and the real estate agent.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Public spaces

Everyone is permitted to socialise or exercise with one other person outdoors for up to four hours within a 10 kilometre radius.

Those who are fully vaccinated can with meet up outdoors with other fully vaccinated adults in groups of five, across two households, for up to four hours.

Dependents are not included in the five-person limit.

Rest of regional Victoria: Public spaces

Regional Victorians can leave home for any reason  and up to 10 people are allowed to meet up outdoors.

Melbourne and Ballarat: Travel and tourism

Tourism and accommdation services remain closed. 

Rest of regional Victoria: Travel and tourism

Accommodation bookings in regional areas are open to single households, intimate partners or singles bubbles.

Indoor tours are closed, but outdoor tours can operate with up to 20 people.

Transport tours are reopening with up to 10 people allowed. 

For more details visit the Victorian Department of Health site.

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