This morning’s announcement from Daniel Andrews MP revealed that the 5 day circuit breaker action had the desired impact on COVID19 tracking and tracing, allowing an easing of most of the restrictions in Victoria, getting us back to our COVIDSafe Summer.

From 11:59pm tonight, we will largely return to the previous rules. However, there are some restrictions that impact the music industry, including entertainment venues, with additional limits on crowd sizes will be in place.

Seated Entertainment Venues (indoors and outdoors): Open, for indoor spaces the patron cap is 50% of seated capacity for a maximum of 300 per space. Over 300 patrons must operate under the Public Events Framework. Density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm in foyers, bars, bathrooms etc when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic records a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. For outdoor spaces the patron cap is 75% of seated capacity. Arrangements for capacity over 1000 are determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework.

Indoor non-seated Venues (such as galleries): Open, up to 50 per cent total capacity with maximum patron cap of 300 people per space. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Over 300 patrons must operate under the Public Events Framework.

Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (such as Zoos, live museums): Open, patron cap is 75 per cent of occupancy limit. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Group limits removed. Indoor spaces at outdoor venues open, subject to restrictions relevant to the space (e.g. hospitality or retail). Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Venues over 1000 must operate under the Public Events Framework.

Nightclubs: Open, standing service permitted. Density quotient of 1 per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm elsewhere in the venue, with no maximum patron limit. Electronic record keeping required.

Creative arts facilities (eg studios and rehearsal spaces): No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you keep your masks on – they’re required everywhere indoors except at home, including at pubs or music venues.
Masks will also be required outside if you can’t physically distance from others.

Read the full list of restrictions here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-86

Pictured: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever perform at Music Victoria Awards 2020
Photo by Martin Philbey