Information about entertainment and culture in regional Victoria.

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11.59pm on 13 September 2020

Second Step: Entertainment and culture - regional Victoria

Key points

The following entertainment and cultural venues in regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire) are closed:

  • galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites
  • zoos, wildlife parks, petting zoos, aquariums and animal farms
  • outdoor amusement parks and outdoor arcades
  • indoor cinemas and drive-in cinemas
  • concert venues, theatres and auditoriums.

Visiting one of these venues is not one of the reasons to leave home. You must stay at home.

Your questions answered

Current restrictions

The following venues are closed:

  • galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites
  • animal facilities (zoos, wildlife parks, petting zoos, aquariums and animal farms)
  • outdoor amusement parks and outdoor arcades
  • indoor cinemas and drive in cinemas
  • concert venues, theatres and auditoriums.

Can I leave home to visit an entertainment or cultural venue?

No. People who live in regional Victoria must stay at home. Under the current restrictions you can leave home: 

  • to shop for food and necessary goods or services
  • to provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  • to exercise or for outdoor recreation
  • for work or education, if you can’t do it from home

Otherwise, you must stay home.

Can I live-stream performances from my venue without an audience?

Yes, you can live-stream a performance without a live audience at your venue. 

You should ensure the performers and technicians maintain at least 1.5 metres between themselves and others. They must wear a face covering. Only the minimum number of people required to stream the performance are permitted to attend the venue. Performers/technicians should still adhere to the density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres and venues will need to keep records of those in attendance and have a COVID safe plan in place.

Can I go to a lesson, class or practice for dance, singing, acting, or music?

No. People who live in regional Victoria must stay at home. You can only leave home for one of the permitted reasons. This means classes, lesson and practice sessions in these areas can only occur online.

What restrictions apply if the venue has a restaurant or cafe?

Restaurants or cafes within these facilities must follow the restrictions that apply to them. More information is available on the Restaurants and cafes page.

Can I play the pokies?

No. Gaming venues remain closed across Victoria.

Can I go to a nightclub?

No. Nightclubs in regional Victoria are closed.

More information is available on the Restaurants and cafes page page.

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 directions of the Deputy Chief Health Officer. 

Industry bodies, Victoria Police, WorkSafe, and the Department of Health and Human Services 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. 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 a direction by the Deputy Chief Health Officer 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.