Restrictions to ease for Victorian small-to-medium-sized live music venues

Restrictions to ease for Victorian small-to-medium-sized live music venues

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The easing of restrictions will come into place from Friday May 28.

From Friday May 28, the density quotient of one person per two square metres will be lifted for small-to-medium-sized Victorian venues in spaces that are 400 square metres or below. Any space larger than this size will need to continue observing density limits.

Such venues will be able to have up to 200 people per space (such as a dining room or bandroom) without any density limit, provided the venue has COVID marshals on site to ensure punters are checking in to each space. The change will concern venues such as live music venues, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

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The announcement comes with a reminder that Victorians need to continue playing their part by checking in to each space that they visit. From May 28, all venues and businesses required to undertake electronic record keeping will need to do so through the Victorian government QR Code Service via the Service Victoria app. This enables contact tracers access to the best data quickly.

While many Victorians have been doing the right thing when it comes to COVID-safety, a recent survey showed only 41 per cent of visitors to hospitality venues checked in every time.

It was also found that 24 per cent of sites visited by Authorised Officers between April 30 and May 2 were warned or received notices for a lack of compliance with electronic record keeping.

The easing of density quotients also applies to places of worship, while density quotients will also be removed for outdoor non-seated venues, such as community sport, recreation facilities, tourism services, pools and non-seated outdoor entertainment (e.g. zoos).

Read the full Victorian government announcement here.