Current COVID-19 restrictions

Information last updated: 29 September, 5:30pm

The Victorian Government has announced that from 11:59pm on 27 September 2020 metropolitan Melbourne will move to the Second Step of easing restrictions.

From 12:00am on 5 October 2020 face shields and bandanas will be no longer accepted as adequate face coverings. Victorians need to move to only wearing fitted face masks which cover both the nose and mouth by this time. The mandatory face mask rules first introduced on 22 July 2020 are still in place (see below).

These changes have been introduced as part of easing restrictions safely and slowly in metropolitan Melbourne.

The curfew across Metropolitan Melbourne has been lifted as of 5:00am 28 September 2020.

 

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What are the current restrictions?

You can only leave your home for the following 4 reasons:

  • To collect necessary goods and services
    • You must stay within 5km of your home for this unless the nearest provider of such goods/services is beyond the 5km limit.
    • You can go shopping with people from your household to get necessary goods and services. You should limit the time you spend away from home.

     

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation

    Exercise and recreation

    • You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise. You can also exercise within 5km of your workplace if you are a permitted worker, but you will have to carry your permitted worker permit.
    • You can exercise in a public outdoor space for up to two hours per day total, split into a maximum of two sessions. You can exercise with members of your household or up to five people outdoors (including yourself), if the five people only come from a maximum of two households. Children under 12 months not included in the five people limit. If you are exercising with others, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you.
    • A personal trainer can exercise outdoors with a maximum of two clients. Physical distancing and cleaning requirements apply.
    • Outdoor playgrounds and outdoor communal gym equipment are open for public use.

    Public gatherings

    • Up to 5 people from a maximum of two households can meet in a public outdoor space for social interaction, exercise or recreation (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap) for a maximum of 2 hours and within 5km of their home
    • There will be higher on the spot fines for breaching rules about visitors to your home and outdoor gatherings.

     

  • Care, health care and childcare

    Care and health care

    • You can leave home to receive health care or attend medical appointments. If you need to see a doctor or health care professional, you should do so. Do not put off getting medical care. Your doctor or health care professional can provide advice on how to stay safe.
    • You can leave home to care for a sick or elderly relative. If you are providing care for someone you should try to keep 1.5 metres between you when you can. Wear a face mask.
    • You can leave home to accompany someone for essential medical treatment if you are a parent, guardian or necessary support person.
    • You can take a pet to the vet.
    • Professional respite care for people with complex needs is allowed.
    • The 5km limit does not apply to care and health care.

    Childcare

    • Childcare centres can reopen to all children. A permit is no longer required. Care can be both an existing or a new arrangement.
    • You can leave your home to take your children for childcare. The 5km rule does not apply.
    • You can leave your home to care for children and enter another person’s home for this purpose. This applies to all children, not just those of permitted workers.

     

  • For work
    • If you can work from home, you must continue to work from home.
    • Only go to work on-site if you are in a permitted industry and you have a permit from your employer. All administrative functions, even in essential services, need to be undertaken remotely. To find out more, visit Creating a COVID Safe workplace on the Business Victoria website.
    • Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely.
    • The 5km limit does not apply to work.

     

 

 

High risk locations in Melbourne

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has provided information on case locations and outbreaks in Metropolitan Melbourne.

This web page contains details on the high risk locations across Metropolitan Melbourne. If you have visited a high risk location during the dates listed on this page we encourage you to watch for coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, and if symptoms occur to get tested and stay at home while you wait for your results.

 

Personal arrangements

When it comes to personal arrangements the following applies:

  • You can still visit an intimate partner.
  • Shared parenting arrangements, both formal and informal, can continue for children.
  • You can leave home if there is an emergency.
  • You can leave home if there is family violence, or violence by another person in the home, and you are at risk. If you are stopped by police, tell them you are feeling unsafe at home and they will help you. Safe accommodation and support for family violence is available. Call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or email safesteps@safesteps.org.au for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you do need to leave home, you should wash your hands before you leave and when you return home. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. Always wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful exception.

Never, ever go out if you are unwell, unless it is to get tested and then you must go straight home.

Single Social Bubble restriction

  • People living alone or single parents can now nominate one person with whom they can form a ‘single social bubble’. A bubble allows you to visit each other for social interaction. Single parents with dependents who cannot be left alone will be allowed to include their dependents in the bubble. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you can only form a bubble with someone in metropolitan Melbourne, not regional Victoria.
  • If the person you nominate to be in your bubble lives with other people, you can only visit if they are at home alone. Alternatively, they can visit you at home.
  • There will be higher on the spot fines for breaching rules about visitors to your home and outdoor gatherings.

 

Mandatory face masks

From 12:00am on 5 October 2020 face shields and bandanas will be no longer accepted as adequate face coverings. Victorians need to move to only wearing fitted face masks which cover both the nose and mouth by this time. 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 covering, 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 covering. You should put your face covering on before you leave your car.
  • If you are doing strenuous physical exercise you do not need to wear a face covering but you must carry one with you. Strenuous exercise includes activities like jogging, running or cycling but not walking.
  • People who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must not attend a wedding outside these areas, unless they are working as the celebrant. The celebrant must wear a mask.
  • People who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire cannot hold a wedding outside these areas, even if a booking has already been made.

 

Business support and information

Businesses can find more information, advice and support by visiting our Business Moreland website.

The Victorian Government has announced that, as part of Victoria’s roadmap to a COVID Normal the following businesses may be able to re-open as early as 26 October 2020:

  • Hairdressers
  • Beauty Therapy - facials, tanning etc.
  • Waxing
  • Nail Salons
  • Skin Penetration - tattoo, piercing, microblading etc.

Beauty and health businesses can read more about the roadmap to re-opening including a checklist of helpful resources (PDF 385Kb) prepared by our Environmental Health Unit.

 

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.