11.59pm on 16 September 2020
Third Step commences at 11.59pm on 16 September.
Your questions answered
Under Third Step restrictions, community services and local government facilities in regional Victoria can operate as follows:
- Libraries can operate activities in an outdoor area, for up to ten people, plus the person required for conducting the activity. They can provide contactless click and collect and home delivery services to the community.
- Toy libraries can operate activities in an outdoor area, for up to ten people, plus the person or people required for conducting the activity. They can also open for contactless click and collect and home delivery services to the community.
- Community facilities are closed.
- Community facilities or libraries that provide an essential service such as food banks, services for people experiencing homelessness or support groups can continue to provide those services.
Examples of community facilities are:
- community centres and halls
- public libraries (including toy libraries)
- youth centres
- Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYCs)
- community clubs
- RSL clubs (sporting facilities component)
Can a recreational facility in regional Victoria be used for charitable or community service?
Yes. Facilities such as community services and public halls can still be used to deliver essential services. This includes food banks or services for people experiencing homelessness.
Always keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. You must wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
Can a recreational facility in regional Victoria open for outdoor activities?
Yes. Facilities such as community centres and public halls can be used for outdoor activities for up to ten people plus the person or people required to conduct the activity.
Can a support group be held in a community or recreational facility?
Essential support groups such as drug and alcohol support groups can continue to operate. These support groups can have no more than 20 people allowed in each separate indoor space or the number permitted by the density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres, whichever is less. The four-square metre rule applies to limit the number of people in a space.
When attending a support group, you must wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. You should keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
Can a community facility be used for a wedding or funeral?
A community or recreational facility can be used for a wedding or funeral. There are limits on the number of people who can attend weddings and funerals by location. More information is available on the Religion and ceremony – regional Victoria page.
Can my child go to playgroup?
Yes. In-person playgroups in regional Victoria can operate if they are conducted outdoors. Up to ten participants can attend - both children and their parent or carer count towards the ten. Babies under 12 months of age are not included in the ten person cap.
Can I go to my local art class?
Only outdoor art classes can take place. Outdoor classes can take place with up to ten people and the person or people required to run the class. The operator should keep a record of all attendees.
How will you enforce this? Who will enforce it?
Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and 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 1800 136 089. 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 noncompliance?
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.
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 covering and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.