Venue caps removed as Victorians enter ‘COVIDSafe summer’

The changes come into effect from 11.59pm tonight

Restrictions in Victoria to limit the spread of COVID-19 will ease once again following more than a month of no newly-recorded cases.

The changes to restrictions, announced at Premier Daniel Andrews’ press conference today (December 6), mark the start of Victoria’s ‘CovidSafe summer’ regulations and will be in place from 11.59pm tonight until at the least of January.

Hospitality venues will have their current patron caps removed, provided there is a density quotient in place of one person per two square metres and managers adopt electronic record-keeping measures. For venues not using electronic record keeping, a quotient of one person per four square metres applies.

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Nightclubs, previously allowed to operate with seated service only, will now be permitted to offer standing service. A four square metre rule applies to dancefloors, with a maximum of 50 people. A two square metre rule applies everywhere else in the venue.

Seated entertainment venues, such as theatres or cinemas, will be allowed to host 75 per cent of their fixed capacity with a maximum patron cap of 1,000 people. Galleries and other non-seated venues will be allowed 50 per cent of their total capacity, with a maximum patron cap of 1,000 people.

For other gatherings, outdoor groups will be capped at 100 people, and up to 30 people can visit a home each day. Victorians will be required to carry masks when leaving the house and wear them when inside shopping centres, supermarkets, retail stores, public transport, taxis and rideshares.

“Week after week, change and change – we adapted, and readapted. But we did it, because it meant keeping our state safe,” Andrews said in a statement.

“Until we have a vaccine – and even then, until we have a widely distributed vaccine – some aspects of these rules and restrictions must continue to be part of our reality.”

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As of today, Victoria has recorded 37 consecutive days of no new cases of COVID-19.

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