Dancefloors are back: Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions to ease this week
07.07.2021

Dancefloors are back: Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions to ease this week

Words by Kate Streader

Metropolitan Melbourne will ease restrictions to align with the current COVIDSafe settings in regional Victoria.

After recording zero new local cases of COVID-19 over seven consecutive days, the Victorian government will relax restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne.

The new COVIDSafe settings will come into effect from 11:59pm on Thursday July 8 and will align with those already in place in regional Victoria.

What you need to know

  • The new restrictions will come into effect at 11:59pm on Thursday July 8
  • The restrictions are expected to remain in place for 14 days
  • The new COVIDSafe settings will match those already in place in regional Victoria

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

Masks will remain mandatory in most indoor public spaces, however, face coverings will no longer be required for staff and students in schools or within workplaces that don’t require interaction with members of the public, such as offices and factories. Melburnians will still need to carry a mask with them at all times.

The limit on private gatherings will remain the same, with a cap of 15 visitors to the home each day.

Density limits in public spaces such as hospitality, gyms, creative studios, and community facilities will be increased to one person per two square metres. A COVID Check-in Marshal will need to be onsite ensuring visitors are checking in.

Dancefloors can return with a cap of 50 people at any one time provided a Check-in Marshal is monitoring check-ins.

Approved public events will be allowed to welcome increased crowd numbers, with outdoor stadiums able to host 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 40,000 people, and indoor stadiums able to host 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 7,500 people.

Theatres can also open to 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 2,000 people.

“Today’s changes show just how far we’ve come – thanks to the hard work of all Victorians we’re able to once again have the same settings in place for the whole state,” said Victorian Minister for Health, Martin Foley.

“We’re seeing across the country just how fast-moving the Delta strain is – which is why we need to remain vigilant and follow the directions to protect the gains we’ve made,” he said.

The new restrictions are expected to remain in place for 14 days.

For more information, visit the DHHS website.