11.59pm on 27 September 2020
Second Step restrictions apply. There are further changes to restrictions from 11:59pm on 18 October
Your questions answered
Summary of restrictions
If you live in metropolitan Melbourne:
- restaurants and cafés can open for takeaway and delivery only
- food courts will continue to be closed
- pubs, bars, clubs and nightclubs will be closed. They can offer takeaway or home delivery of food and alcohol.
- market stalls can open to provide takeaway food and drink only
- bottle shops remain open
- you can only travel up to 25km from your home. You should stay as close to your home as possible, for example, by shopping at the nearest supermarket. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 25km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 25km to the nearest provider.
If I live in metropolitan Melbourne, can I travel to regional Victoria to go to a café or restaurant?
If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you can travel to regional Victoria for work, medical care, caregiving and to visit an intimate partner. You can travel to regional Victoria to buy necessary goods and services if this is the closest location to your house.
If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you can only travel up to 25km from your home to visit a restaurant or café. You should stay as close to your home as possible. You can only get takeaway and delivery food and drink provided you have a permitted reason to travel to regional Victoria.
Regional restaurants and cafes are open for dine-in service in regional Victoria. Businesses must, however, refuse service or booking if you live in metropolitan Melbourne. They will check your photo ID (such as a driver’s licence or proof of age card). You can still get takeaway and delivery food and drink.
Do all food and drink businesses in metropolitan Melbourne have to close?
Food and drink businesses in metropolitan Melbourne, including restaurants and cafés, can only offer takeaway or delivery services. No sit-down meals or drinks are allowed.
Workplace canteens and cafés may open for staff only. This includes highway cafés and truck stops for fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle drivers who can dine in a dedicated section, as long as the physical distancing and the four square metre rule is observed. Hospital cafeterias may not serve members of the public.
How far can I travel to pick up food or drink?
You can only travel to businesses that are within 25km from your home. You should stay as close to your home as possible, for example by getting takeaway coffee at the café nearest to your home. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 25km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 25km to the nearest provider.
You may be able to get food or drink delivered to you from restaurants that are more than 25km from your home as delivery drivers can travel more than 25km for the purposes of work.
If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you can travel to regional Victoria for work, medical care, caregiving and to visit an intimate partner. You can also travel to regional Victoria to buy necessary goods and services if this is the closest location to your house.
How can I keep myself and my family safe when I leave home?
To keep yourself, and your family safe when you leave home you must wear a face mask. Always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before you leave, and when you return home.
Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
I am a permitted worker. Can I get takeaway lunch from a local café?
As a permitted worker, you should try to bring your lunch when possible. If you need to purchase lunch or drinks at a nearby cafe, you can. You must limit your movement as much as possible and purchase lunch from near your work.
You can exercise within 25km from your workplace if you are on the permitted worker list (you must carry your permit).
This does not extend to shopping for groceries or other supplies. You must do this close to your home.
Can pubs, bars, nightclubs and hotels open?
Pubs, bars, nightclubs and hotels in metropolitan Melbourne are closed. These services can still operate as:
- bottle shops
- takeaway service or home delivery of food and drink for people to consume off premises
Accommodation at pubs or hotels can open for permitted reasons only, such as staying for work or compassionate reasons.
Do I need to wear a face mask when picking up takeaway?
You must wear a face mask any time you leave your home, including if you are picking up takeaway, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. Even with a face mask, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and others. For more information visit the face masks page.
Can I order home delivered food?
Yes, you can continue to have food home delivered, including from restaurants that are more than 25km away (if they deliver to you). There are some actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe when having food delivered.
- Don’t allow the delivery person to enter your home and keep at least 1.5 metres distance, when paying and taking delivery of your meal. Try to use contactless payment or prepay online if possible.
- If you live in an apartment with a security entrance, don’t allow delivery people to enter the building or use lifts or internal stairways. Pick up your delivery from the front of the building instead. This minimises the risk to any older or vulnerable people who share the common areas of the property.
Can I order delivery food after curfew? What about take-away?
There is no longer a curfew in metropolitan Melbourne. You can leave home at any time for one of the four reasons including buying food.
Do all transactions need to be cashless?
Cash can still be accepted as a form of payment, but it is strongly recommended that all businesses use contactless payments.
What about RSLs, bowls clubs and other multi-purpose venues?
Dine-in areas of RSLs, bowls clubs and other venues in metropolitan Melbourne are closed. They can operate for take-away food and drink only.
Are hospital canteens open?
Hospital canteens can open for staff and patients only. They are not to open to members of the public.
How will you enforce this? Who will enforce it?
Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and the use of emergency powers by Authorised Officers to ensure compliance with the Public Health Directions.
Industry bodies, Victoria Police, WorkSafe, and Authorised Officers will work together to inform Victorians about the directions, as well as undertake enforcement and compliance activities as needed.
Community members can raise concerns about compliance with directions through the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444. Workers can raise concerns via Worksafe on 03 9641 1555. And employers can talk to their industry regulator or Peak body for specific industry related support.
A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Joint Intelligence Unit has been established to support comprehensive preparedness and responses to outbreaks and identify and manage outbreak risks.
The Department of Health and Human Services and WorkSafe will co-ordinate intelligence and information on businesses that are non-compliant.
What are the penalties for non-compliance?
Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:
- Refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
- Refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction
- Refusing or failing to comply with the Public Health Directions to provide information.
Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $4,957 for people who live in metropolitan Melbourne who are found to be in regional Victoria without a lawful reason. This fine will also be issued if you gather outdoors in groups larger than five people, you have visitors to your home without a lawful reason, or you visit someone in their home without a lawful reason.
Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system. Individuals who do not wear a face mask and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.