Most remaining Covid restrictions in Victoria have now been removed for those who are fully vaccinated, with the state about to hit its 90% vaccinated target.
Just about all restrictions will come off, including capacity and density requirements in a wide variety of venues, but only for those who are fully vaccinated.
Here’s what the rules will look like in Victoria from Friday.
There are no limits on the number of people who can gather in your home or in a public place (i.e. in a park).
The Victorian government has recommended everyone you gather with be fully vaccinated, but this will not be enforced.
Retail, restaurants, gyms, cinemas and nightclubs
There are no capacity or density limits on venues where patrons and staff are fully vaccinated. People who are vaccinated can go to the gym and other sport centres, restaurants, cinemas, the zoo, pubs, and nightclubs.
People will once again be able to dance in nightclubs.
Non-essential retail such as book stores, personal services like hairdressers, real estate services, and libraries will only be open to the fully vaccinated.
Essential retail like supermarkets and post offices will not have vaccination requirements.
Work and school
People can return to the office, but they must be fully vaccinated if working somewhere only open to fully vaccinated people, or are workers who are required to be vaccinated if working outside home.
Schools, childcare centres and early childhood education will be open to all ages. Masks must be work indoors at primary schools by staff, visitors and students in year 3 and above.
Fully vaccinated people can return to university or Tafe in person.
There is no restriction on travel and accommodation, but the normal rules about vaccination apply to other venues while travelling in Victoria, i.e. restaurants and bars.
There is no restriction on leaving Victoria, except for the rules that apply to people visiting from Victoria in the other jurisdictions. People wishing to return to Victoria will just need to apply for a permit from Service Victoria.
People are no longer required to wear masks in most places.
Masks will only be required indoors in retail until 15 December. Masks will still be required in healthcare, aged care and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport and taxis/rideshare.
Weddings and funerals
If everyone is fully vaccinated, weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies can go ahead with no capacity or density limits.
If vaccination status isn’t checked, the events are capped at 5o people, with a one person a 4sqm rule, excluding people conducting funerals, the marrying couple, celebrant or photographer.
Hospitals and care
Residents and care facilities can have up to five visitors a day including dependents. Hospital visitors are still limited to a small number of circumstances such as end-of-life.
The government has recommended residents and visitors in care facilities be fully vaccinated.