The Victorian Government has announced that from 11:59pm on Thursday, September 9th, regional Victoria (except for Greater Shepparton) will ease lockdown restrictions. The five reasons to leave home have been removed. There is no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. The Authorised Worker list will no longer apply, meaning most business and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits.  Regional Victorians will return to the rule ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but up to 25 per cent capacity of office workers may return, or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.

Creative and entertainment venues will open with density limits and patron caps. All businesses that are open in regional Victoria must check the IDs of everyone they serve. Masks continue to be required indoors and outdoors, unless an exemption applies.

Regional creative venues can open under the following restrictions:

  • Creative studios: Open with maximum of 20 people per facility
  • Indoor fixed seated entertainment: Open with maximum of 20 people per space
  • Outdoor fixed seated entertainment: Open with up to 25 percent capacity with maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is lesser
  • Non-seated indoor venues: Open with maximum of 20 people per space
  • Non-seated outdoor venues: Open with up to 25 percent capacity with maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is lesser
  • Public events: Permitted to proceed in line with the restrictions in place in each setting

For a detailed overview of the restriction changes, see the Table of Restrictions.

When more people are vaccinated, there will be fewer outbreaks and less need for restrictions. All eligible Victorians are encouraged to #GetVaxxed4Vic and book their vaccine appointment via portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.