MASDAC COVID-19 Update

CHANGES TO RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM TUESDAY 27 JULY

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms).

 

Category

 

State-wide changes

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

Stay at home requirement:

  • No stay-at-home requirement.
  • Removal of 5km travel limit.

 

Intrastate travel limit:

  • Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is unrestricted.
  • Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts permitted provided visitors and workers have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. Children under 12 years not included. Must be able to show evidence of a negative test as condition of entry into ski field.

Face coverings:

  • Must be carried at all times.
  • Must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home or if an exception applies.

Private gatherings in the home: Not permitted. Intimate partner visits/single bubble permitted.

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 10 people.

Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home. Office work – 25 per cent return or up to 10 people if total workplace is 40 or less, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies

Education and childcare

Schools: Open.

  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-student areas. Face mask requirements apply to everyone 12 years and over

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: Permitted for up to 100 people indoors and up to 300 people outdoors.

  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
  • A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before density quotient applies.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Funerals

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with 50 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 50 people (including the two persons being married and two witnesses. The celebrant and photographer are not included in the cap). COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in. Dancefloors not permitted.

Community facilities

Community facilities:

  • Open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Maximum 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space. Maximum group size: 10 people
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in

Accommodation (Camping related)

Accommodation: Open. Bookings permitted for single households, intimate partners or single bubbles.

 

 

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS – 11.59PM THURSDAY 15 JULY TO 11.59PM TUESDAY 27 JULY 2021 11.59PM

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms).

Category

Restrictions (All Victoria)

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

Stay at home unless:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons
  • authorised work or permitted education, or work interstate. Click here to view
  • exercise (up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household)
  • receive a vaccination
  • other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply)

Intrastate travel: Travel limit of 5km from place of primary residence, except:

  • to return home
  • to access necessary goods and services where those goods and services cannot be accessed closer than 5kms from home.
  • to visit an intimate partner
  • to visit a person in your “single bubble”
  • allowed to travel for authorised work and permitted education
  • work at an interstate location (where permitted by another state)
  • care and compassionate reasons (specific exemptions apply)

Face coverings:

  • must be carried at all times
  • must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exemption applies

Private gatherings: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single bubble permitted

Public gatherings: Not permitted

 

Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home

Education and childcare

Early learning centres, childcare, family daycare: Open

Schools: Remote learning for most students but open to vulnerable children and the children of essential workers.

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No in-person gatherings permitted. Broadcast permitted

Funerals

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

Public events and business events

Events: Cannot proceed under these settings. Exception for professional sport where no crowds are present

Accommodation

Private camps fall under this. Closed unless for permitted reasons, or shelter in place. No new bookings except for authorised reasons

 
 

 

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS – 11.59 PM THURSDAY 15 JULY TO 11.59 PM TUESDAY 20 JULY 2021

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms).

Category

Restrictions (All Victoria)

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

Stay at home unless:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons
  • authorised work or permitted education, or work interstate. click here to view
  • exercise (up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household)
  • receive a vaccination
  • other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply)

Intrastate travel: Travel limit of 5km from place of primary residence, except:

  • to return home
  • to access necessary goods and services where those goods and services cannot be accessed closer than 5kms from home.
  • to visit an intimate partner
  • to visit a person in your “single bubble”
  • allowed to travel for authorised work and permitted education
  • work at an interstate location (where permitted by another state)
  • care and compassionate reasons (specific exemptions apply)

Face coverings:

  • must be carried at all times
  • must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exemption applies

Private gatherings: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single bubble permitted

Public gatherings: Not permitted

 

Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home

Education and childcare

Early learning centres, childcare, family day care: Open

Schools: Remote learning for most students but open to vulnerable children and the children of essential workers.

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No in-person gatherings permitted. Broadcast permitted

Funerals

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

Public events and business events

Events: Cannot proceed under these settings. Exception for professional sport where no crowds are present

Accommodation

Private camps fall under this. Closed unless for permitted reasons, or shelter in place. No new bookings except for authorised reasons

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59 PM THURSDAY 8 July 2021

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per the Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms). Restrictions apply based on location and no longer follow a person if they travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Remember to always check in at every venue using the Service Vic QR Code app.

Category

Regional Victoria

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

Stay at home requirement:

  • No stay-at-home requirement

Intrastate travel limit:

  • Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria unrestricted

Face coverings:

  • Must be carried at all times
  • Must be worn indoors, however not required in schools or in workplaces that are not public facing (e.g. office work), or if an exception applies. i.e Masks will no longer be required at workplaces, especially in situations where staff do not interact with the public. Masks will still be required in roles where a person interacts with the general public
  • Recommended to be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Private gatherings in the home: Limited to 15 visitors per day together or separately, including dependants (infants under 12 months not included in the cap)

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 50 people

 

Work: Work from home requirement removed. Office work – 75 per cent return or up to 30 people if total workplace is 40 or less, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm

Education and childcare

Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open

Schools: Open. Density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm applies, except in areas used by students

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No overarching venue limit. Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies

Funerals

Funerals (indoors and outdoors): Permitted with 300 people plus those necessary to conduct the funeral, subject to venue density limits. Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with 300 people subject to venue density limits. Dancefloors not permitted

Community facilities

Community facilities:

  • Open with a density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
  • No overarching venue cap. No group limits

QR Code

Required

Kiosk check in

Optional

Clarification on Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings COVID Check-in Marshal

“Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No overarching venue limit. Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies”

The COVID Marshals are required in certain industries. Places of worship are not required to have COVID Marshals. However, in the last COVID Update 23/6/2021, the Vic Gov introduced a COVID Check-in Marshal for places of worship.

A COVID Marshal ensures COVIDSafe Plans and High-Risk COVIDSafe Plans are implemented. Marshals provide advice on:

  • physical distancing measures
  • hygiene measures
  • ensure adequate ventilation
  • keeping accurate and robust records (which can be audited)
  • updating COVIDSafe Plans when necessary

When it comes to the places of worship, the COVID Check-in Marshal will be responsible to ensure members sign in using the QR Code. In the case a church doesn’t have a COVID Check-in Marshal, then the density quotient of I person per 4sqm applies.

Recommendation:

To maximize the number of members attending our churches  and take an advantage of the density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm, please :

  • nominate/roster deacons to take care of this responsibility
  • Amend the local church COVID Safe Plan to reflect their names and their responsibility

Who could be a COVID Check-in Marshal for a church?

  • Any Deacon in Office
  • Any Church member in Office
  • Any other nominated delegate by local church board

 

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM THURSDAY 24 JUNE, 2021

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per the Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms). Restrictions apply based on location and no longer follow a person if they travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Remember to always check in at every venue using the Service Vic QR Code app.

Category

Metro Melbourne

Regional Victoria

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

Stay at home requirement:

  • No stay-at-home requirement

Intrastate travel limit:

  • Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria unrestricted
  • Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts permitted. Visitors are recommended to have had a COVID test within 72 hours and a negative test prior to arriving in the Alpine region. Children under 12 years not included

Stay at home requirement:

  • No stay-at-home requirement

Intrastate travel limit:

  • Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria unrestricted

Face coverings:

  • Must be carried at all times
  • Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies
  • Recommended to be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Face coverings:

  • Must be carried at all times
  • Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies
  • Recommended to be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Private gatherings in the home: Limited to 15 visitors per day together or separately, including dependants (infants under 12 months not included in the cap)

Private gatherings in the home: Limited to 15 visitors per day together or separately, including dependants (infants under 12 months not included in the cap)

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 50 people

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 50 people

 

Work: Work from home requirement removed. Office work – 75 per cent return or up to 30 people if total workplace is 40 or less, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm

Work: Work from home requirement removed. Office work – 75 per cent return or up to 30 people if total workplace is 40 or less, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm

Education and childcare

Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open

Schools: Open. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies, except in areas used by students

Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open

Schools: Open. Density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm applies, except in areas used by students

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: Permitted for up to 300 people per venue, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies. No group limits

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No overarching venue limit. Density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies

Funerals

Funerals (indoors and outdoors): Permitted with 300 people plus those necessary to conduct the funeral, subject to venue density limits. Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Funerals (indoors and outdoors): Permitted with 300 people plus those necessary to conduct the funeral, subject to venue density limits. Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with 300 people subject to venue density limits. Dancefloors not permitted

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with 300 people subject to venue density limits. Dancefloors not permitted

Community facilities

Community facilities:

  • Open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Maximum venue cap 300 people. No group limits

Venues less than 600sqm can operate with lesser of density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm or venue cap of 150 patrons provided they have a COVID Check-in Marshal at the entrance to require check in

Community facilities:

  • Open with a density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
  • No overarching venue cap. No group limits

QR Code

Required

Required

Kiosk check in

Optional

Optional

 

 

Update June 16, 2021: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM THURSDAY 17 JUNE

Sources:

Statement From The Acting Premier 

COVID-Safe Settings – Vic Gov

Religion & ceremonies FAQ – Metro Melbourne

Religion & ceremonies FAQ – Regional Victoria

Resources:

Vic Conference Office Intranet (SharePoint)

Vic Conference Churches OH&S Intranet (SharePoint)

 

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per the Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms). Restrictions apply based on location and no longer follow a person if they travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

 

Category

 

 

Regional Victoria

 

Metropolitan Melbourne

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

Stay at home requirement:

·No stay-at-home requirement

 

Intra-state travel limit:

·Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria unrestricted

Stay at home requirement:

·No stay-at-home requirement

 

Intra-state travel limit:

·Removal of 25km travel limit

·Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is unrestricted

·Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts permitted providing visitors have had a COVID test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne. Children under 2 years not included. Must be able to show evidence of a negative test as condition of entry into ski field

Face coverings:

·Must be carried at all times

·Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies

·Recommended to be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Face coverings:

·Must be carried at all times

·Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies

·Recommended to be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Private gatherings in the home: Limited to five adults per day together or separately (dependants of visiting adults excluded from cap

Private gatherings in the home: Limited to two adults per day together or separately (dependants of visiting adults excluded from cap)

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 50 people

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 20 people

Work: If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Office work – 75 per cent return or up to 30 people if total workplace is 40 or less

Work: If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Office work – 50 per cent return or up to 20 people if total workplace is 40 or less

Education and childcare

Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open

Schools: Open

Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open

Schools: Open

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: Permitted for up to 300 people per venue, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: Permitted for up to 150 people per venue, including no more than 75 indoors, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies

Funerals

Funerals (indoors and outdoors): Permitted with 100 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Funerals (indoors and outdoors): Permitted with 75 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 50 people (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses). Dancefloors not permitted

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 20 people (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses). Dancefloors not permitted

Care Facility Visitors

Visitor restrictions:

·No visitors are permitted into aged care or other residential facility settings, except for end-of-life reasons and other excepted reasons such as essential care and support

Visit from a prospective resident is permitted with no more than one person accompanying

·Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

Visitor restrictions:

·No visitors are permitted into aged care or other residential facility settings, except for end-of-life reasons and other excepted reasons such as essential care and support

·Visit from a prospective resident is permitted with no more than one person accompanying

·Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

Community facilities

Community facilities:

·Open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm

·Maximum venue capacity 300 people

·Maximum group size: 50 people

 

Venues less than 600sqm can operate with lesser of density quotient of 1 person per 2 or venue cap of 150 patrons provided they have a COVID Marshal at the entrance to confirm ‘green tick’ check in before entry

Community facilities:

·Open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm

·Maximum venue capacity 150 people, including no more than 75 people indoors. Maximum group size: 10 people

QR Code

Required

Required

Update June 9,  2021: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM THURSDAY 10 JUNE

Link to DHHS Victoria

Sources:

Statement From The Acting Premier

Authorised provider and authorised worker list

COVID-Safe Settings – Vic Gov

 

 Category 

Regional Victoria

 Metro Melbourne

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

Can leave home for any reason

 You cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne, except for:

  • work or education
  • necessary goods and services
  • care and compassionate reasons
  • to receive COVID-19 vaccination at the nearest vaccination centre to home

Can leave home for any reason

 Intrastate travel: Travel limit of 25km from place of primary residence. Travel limit does not apply:

  • to access necessary goods and services where those goods and services cannot be accessed closer than 25kms from home
  • to visit an intimate partner
  • to visit a person in your “single bubble”
  • for work and education
  • work at an interstate location (where permitted by another state)
  • care and compassionate reasons (specific exemptions apply)

 You cannot travel to regional Victoria, except for:

  • work or education
  • necessary goods and services (if they cannot be accessed within 25km of home)
  • care and compassionate reasons
  • to receive COVID-19 vaccination at the nearest vaccination centre to home

Face coverings:

  • Must be carried at all times
  • Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies
  • Must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Face coverings:

  • Must be carried at all times
  • Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies
  • Must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Private gatherings in the home: Limited to two adults per day together or separately (dependants of visiting adults excluded from cap)

Private gatherings in the home: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single bubble permitted

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 20 people

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 10 people

Work: If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Office work – 50 per cent return or up to 20 people if total workplace is 40 or less

Work: If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Office work – 25 per cent return or up to 10 people if total workplace is 40 or less

Education and childcare

  • Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open
  • Schools: Open
  • Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open
  • Schools: Open

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: Permitted for up to 150 people per venue, including no more than 75 indoors, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: Permitted for up to 50 people per venue, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies

Funerals

Funerals (indoors and outdoors): Permitted with 75 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Funerals (indoors and outdoors): Permitted with no more than 50 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

 

 

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 20 people (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 10 people (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

Community facilities

Community facilities:

  • Open
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Maximum venue capacity 150 people, including no more than 75 people indoors
  • Maximum group size: 10 people

Community facilities:

  • Open
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
  • Maximum venue capacity 50 people
  • Maximum group size: 10 people

QR Code

Mandatory

Mandatory

 

Update June 2,2021 – COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM THURSDAY 3 JUNE TO 11.59PM THURSDAY 10 JUNE

7-day circuit breaker restrictions summary

On the advice of Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, the current lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further seven days, with some small changes, giving a full 14 days or a full cycle of the virus.

Statement from the Acting Premier 

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms).

 Category

 Regional Victoria

Metropolitan Melbourne

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home 

 

Can leave home for any reason

Stay home unless:

·  shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)

·  caregiving or compassionate reasons

·  authorised work or permitted education, or work interstate

·  exercise (up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household)

·  receive a COVID-19 vaccination

·  other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply)

 

Intrastate travel: Travel limit of 10km from place of primary residence, except:

·  to access necessary goods and services where those goods and services cannot be accessed closer than 10km from home.

·  to visit an intimate partner

·  to visit a person in your “single bubble”

·  allowed to travel for authorised work and permitted education

·  work at an interstate location (where permitted by another state)

·  care and compassionate reasons (specific exemptions apply

Face masks

Face coverings:

·  Must be carried at all times

·  Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies

·  Must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Face coverings:

·  Must be carried at all times

·  Must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or if an exception applies

Private gatherings

·  Private gatherings in the home: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single bubble permitted

·  Private gatherings in the home: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single bubble permitted

Work

·  Work: If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Capacity limits in workplaces such as offices capped at 50% or 20 people, whichever is greater

·  Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home. Authorised workplaces and workers defined below

Education and childcare

·  Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open

·  Schools: Return to face-to-face learning for all year levels

·  Early learning centres, childcare, kinder, family day care: Open

Schools:

·  Open to students enrolled in Year 11 and 12, and other students enrolled in Unit 3 / 4 VCE studies, or the final year of a VCAL qualification or IB qualification

·  Onsite learning allowed for vulnerable children or the children of authorised workers

·  Remote learning for all other students

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

·  Religious gatherings and ceremonies: Permitted for up to 50 people per venue, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies

·  Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No in-person gatherings permitted. Broadcast permitted

Funerals

Funerals (indoors and outdoors):

·  Permitted with no more than 50 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral)

·  Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Funerals (indoors and outdoors):

·  Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral).

·  Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor):

·  Permitted with no more than 10 people (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

·  These settings apply to any venue in which a wedding is held, except for private residences where private gathering limits apply

·  Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

Update May 27, 2021 COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Restrictions – All Victoria

Effective 11:59 27 May to 11:59pm on 3 June 2021 inclusive

Resources: Statement From The Acting Premier

Category

Restrictions

Reasons to leave home

·  shopping for necessary goods and services,

·  authorised work or permitted education,

·  exercise, a 2-hour limit with one other person,

·  care giving, compassionate, and medical reasons

·  to get vaccinated.

 

you cannot travel more than 5km from your primary residence, but there are some exemptions.

These exemptions are: to access necessary goods and services if they are not available within your 5km zone, to visit an intimate partner, to visit a person in your “single bubble”, to go to your permitted work or education, to work at an interstate location (where permitted by the other state) or for care and compassionate reasons.

Wearing of Face Masks

·  The face mask requirement applies to everyone in Victoria aged 12 years and older

·  Masks must be carried at all times and worn indoors and outdoors, except when at home

·  Exemptions do apply, including when drinking and eating, exercising or for approved health reasons

Work restrictions

·  You are permitted to leave home to attend work if you cannot do so from home and you work in a permitted workplace

·  If you can do your office job from home, you need to work from home

School and Childcare Restrictions

·  Closed, but open to vulnerable children

·  Open to students with working parents with no other options can go to school

·  Childcare and kindergarten are open

Public gathering

·  Public gathering is not allowed

Home visitors’ restrictions

·  No, unless it is deemed essential care

·  Partners living separately can visit each other at home.

Religious and places of worship

·  Weddings:  are only permitted for deportation or end-of-life reasons. Limits also apply. Only five people (including the two persons being married, the celebrant and the witnesses) can attend.

·  Funerals: limited to 10 people. Infants aged under 12 months do not apply to this cap.

·  Religious services will be broadcast only. Maximum 5 people for the broadcasting

Work Permits

·  Please use previous Work Permit scheme for Schools, Administration Offices, and Churches for Essential Workers

 

Update 25 May, 2021 Additional COVIDSafe Measures To Keep Victorians Safe

Resources:

COVIDSafe religion and ceremonies guidance

The following restrictions are applied to only Metropolitan Melbourne. Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following Local
Government Areas (LGAs) Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra, Yarra Ranges

Category Restrictions
Social gathering
  • from 6 pm tonight private gatherings in the home will be limited to
    five visitors per day, public gatherings will be limited to 30 people
Face masks
  • The face mask requirement applies to everyone aged 12 years and older.
Places of worship
  • The government will pause a move to lift the
    density quotient in outdoor spaces and venues to a maximum of 200 people
    in spaces smaller than 400 sq m. This was due on 28/05/2021
  • There will be no changes to the existing density quote for weddings
    and funerals held at venues, but if they are being held at a private
    residence, they will be subject to the new restrictions
  • No changes to the number of people attending church gatherings, i.e. on Sabbath mornings.
Schools
  • Children in primary schools do not have to wear masks but teachers
    will need to wear a mask. Secondary school students need to wear masks.
  • Social gathering/ Activities: No clear direction yet. Recommended to
    have Maximum up to 30 if school events have/include visitors (parents
    and others)
Regional travel
  • No restrictions on travelling to regional areas, however, you need to observe the above-mentioned restrictions.

 

Update 11/05/21 – Density limits lift on small to medium-sized venues

Resources:

From 28 May, places of worship less than 400 square metres can host gatherings of up to 200 people per space, without any density limit. It’s recommended to have COVID marshals on site to ensure all visitors are checking in via the free Victorian Government QR Code Service at each space. Larger spaces will still need to observe density limits of 1 per 2sqm. Moreover, using of QR Codes is mandatory.

 

Update 23/03/21 Updated COVIDsafe settings: FURTHER RELAX COVIDSAFE SETTINGS

From 6pm on Friday 26 March, Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, including allowing for more visitors in the home, reduced mask wearing and an increase in the number of people allowed in live music venues and other settings. 

Source:
Statement from acting Premier (Hyperlink attached statement)

Religious ceremonies and gatherings

  • Density of 1 per 2sqm applies
  • Venues must use electronic record keeping through the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system (venues will have a 28day compliance amnesty)
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time
  • All faith organisations must have a COVIDSafe Plan

Gatherings

  • In homes: up to 100 people
  • Outdoors: up to 200 people

Weddings

  • No attendee caps indoors or outdoors
  • Record keeping required

Funerals

  • No attendee caps indoors or outdoors
  • Record keeping required

Work

  • On-site work will no longer be capped.
  • All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan

Masks

  • Masks will no longer need to be worn in retail settings
  • Wearing a face mask when singing indoors is highly recommended
  • Victorians will still be required to carry their masks and wear them if physical distancing is not possible

Statement from the Premier

 

Update Feb 26, 2021: COVIDSAFE SETTINGS – FROM 11:59PM FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2021

  Social gathering:
  • Leave home: No restriction on reasons to leave home but stay safe.
  • Public gatherings: Up to 100 people can gather in public from any number of households, infants under 12 months are not included in the cap.
  • Visitors to the home: Up to 30 visitors can visit a home in a day (infants under 12 months are not counted in the cap). Visitors may be from any number of households and may visit either together or separately. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.
 Face masks:
  • Face masks: Must be carried at all times. Mandatory when inside retail stores where the indoor space is 2,000 square metres or more such as shopping centres, retail stores inside shopping centres, department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets, when travelling on public transport or when travelling in a commercial passenger vehicle or tour vehicle, when visiting a hospital, when visiting or working in a care facility (unless a lawful exemption applies). A person who is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 must wear a face covering.
  • Any person diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19, or who is a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, must wear a face covering if leaving home/accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care.
 Work:
  • Workers may attend onsite as required. On-site office work capped at no more than 75 per cent of a workforce on-site (both public and private sectors).
  • All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.
 Ceremonies and special occasions:
  • Weddings: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors. Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record (ie. paper-based) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. For weddings held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 30 people applies.
  • Funerals: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors. Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record (ie. paper-based) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. For funerals held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 30 people applies.
  • Ceremonies and religious gatherings: Record keeping is required. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies. Venues using the density quotient of 1 per 2sqm must use electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record keeping (ie. paper- based) a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time.
 Resources: Statement from the Premier

What should I do?

  • Feel free to contact either of our Pastors for more information via email or phone

Terrance Sim Josh Wood
0499 772 330 0407 094 371
terrancesim@adventist.org.au joshwood@adventist.org.au