Venue capacities and public gathering limits to be relaxed as Victoria eases its COVID restrictions
23.03.2021

Venue capacities and public gathering limits to be relaxed as Victoria eases its COVID restrictions

The relaxed restrictions will come into place from 6pm on Friday March 26.

Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister for Health Martin Foley have announced new COVIDSafe restrictions to be implemented this week. As a result of low community transmission rates and a reduced exposure risk, the state will further relax its current restrictions.

What you need to know

  • The new restrictions will come into effect on Friday March 26 from 6pm
  • The changes will see relaxed capacity limits for outdoor gatherings and eased density limits for indoor venues
  • The rules around face masks will also be relaxed

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As of Friday evening, Victorians will no longer be required to wear face masks in retail settings, however masks must be carried at all times and worn on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and in hospitals and aged care facilities.

Outdoor public gathering capacities will be increased to 200 people while home visits will be capped at 100 people per day.

Density limits for indoor venues such as nightclubs and casinos will also be eased from one person per four square metres to one person per two square metres, in line with the current limits for hospitality venues.

While a maximum capacity of 1,000 people within indoor non-seated venues will remain in place, capacity limits will be relaxed from 50 per cent to 75 per cent in these spaces. Dancefloors will mirror their venue’s density limit, though the 50 person cap will be removed.

Class size limits for both indoor and outdoor fitness classes will also be scrapped, with unstaffed gyms to move from a density limit of one person per eight square metres to one person per four square metres.

The new restrictions will also encourage those working from home to transition back to the workplace, with the 75 per cent cap to be removed.

“We know the risk is far from over but thanks to the incredible work of all Victorians, we’re continuing to open up and see the Victoria we all love, return to life again,” said the Acting Premier.

“More Victorians back at work means more people supporting their local cafes, restaurants and live music venues – boosting the economy where it’s needed most.”

Head to the DHHS website to find out more.