Third Step

11.59pm on 16 September 2020

Third Step commences at 11.59pm on 16 September.

What does this mean I can do 

  • Outdoor zoos, wildlife parks, petting zoos, and animal farms can open. Restrictions apply including the four square metre rule and cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements. 
  • Outdoor historic sites can open. Restrictions apply including the four square metre rule and cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements. 
  • Outdoor events (such as country racing, sporting events, festivals, shows) may be considered on a case by case basis by government, otherwise public gathering limits apply to spectators. 
  • Drive-in cinemas can open, however attendees are not able to be seated outside their vehicles. 

You must wear a face mask when you leave home, unless an exception applies. Stay safe  by washing your hands regularly, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.

Your questions answered

Third Step restrictions

Under Third Step restrictions some outdoor entertainment and cultural venues can start to open: 

  • Indoor venues continue to be closed. 
  • Outdoor zoos, wildlife parks, petting zoos, and animal farms can open. Restrictions apply including the four square metre rule, cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements apply. 
  • Outdoor historic sites can open. Restrictions apply including the four square metre rule and cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements. 
  • Outdoor events (such as country racing, sporting events, festivals, shows) may be considered on a case by case basis by government, otherwise public gathering limits apply to spectators. 
  • Drive in-cinemas can open, however attendees are not able to be seated outside their vehicles. 
  • Stadiums and arenas can open for the exclusive use of a single school for education purposes. 

What restrictions apply to outdoor venues and attractions? 

Outdoor venues and attractions where people enjoy the space or attraction by walking around can open, however restrictions apply:

  • Venues need to have a COVIDSafe Plan to open
  • If your venue is large and is able to have 500 or more people in attendance, you need to publish the COVIDSafe Plan on your website. 
  • The four square metre rule applies to the venue. 
  • Cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements apply.
  • Indoor spaces must be closed to the public except for toilets and thoroughfare areas such as a foyer or reception. There are some exceptions for broadcasting and professional sport.
  • Shops and food and drink venues can open but the restrictions for retail and for food and drink facilities apply to them. More information is available on the Restaurants and cafes page and Shopping and retail page

What restrictions apply to outdoor seated venues? 

Outdoor seated venues can open, however restrictions apply: 

Groups must be limited to ten people and must be seated at least 1.5 metres apart from other groups.

  • Members of the public must stay seated during the event or performance. 
  • The number of people who can attend is limited to the lower of 50 people or 25% of the venue’s fixed seat capacity. 
  • Cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements apply.
  • Indoor spaces must be closed to the public except for toilets and thoroughfare areas such as a foyer or reception. 
  • Shops and food and drink can open but the restrictions for retail and for food and drink facilities apply to them. More information is available on the Restaurants and cafes page and Shopping and retail page.
  • Stadiums and arenas can open for the exclusive use of a single school for education purposes. 

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 fitted face mask covering the nose and mouth. Only the minimum number of people required to stream the performance are permitted to attend the venue to a maximum of five people. Venues will need to keep records of those in attendance, comply with workplace requirements, and have a COVIDSafe Plan in place. 

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

You can attend an outdoor lesson, class or practice with up to ten people, plus the teacher. 

Singing lessons will need to ensure enough space to allow for physical distancing – allowing for people to keep at least 1.5 meters apart.

Indoor lessons cannot resume yet. This means classes, lesson and practice sessions in these areas can only occur online.

If you are running an outdoor class, you may need a permit from your local council. You can find your local council using Know Your Council

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?

Some gaming facilities, including gaming machines and bingo centres, remain closed. 

Other gaming facilities, including TAB and KENO facilities can open subject to both retail and licenced premises restrictions (e.g. density quotient, cleaning requirements, and signage requirements). In licenced premises, patrons must remain seated unless they are placing a bet, purchasing food or drinks, using the toilet or entering or leaving the venue.

Can I go to a nightclub?

Nightclubs can open for seated service of food or beverages only and are subject to the same restrictions as restaurants and other licensed venues. 

More information is available on the Restaurants and cafes 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. 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 mask and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.

A person can be fined up to $4,957 for leaving metropolitan Melbourne without a valid reason.