Information about easing of restrictions on entertainment and cultural activities.

Key points

The following places are open and may host up to 20 visitors per separate space:

  • galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites
  • animal facilities (zoos, wildlife parks, petting zoos, aquariums, animal farms)
  • outdoor amusement parks and outdoor arcades

Further details:

  • zoos, outdoor amusement parks and outdoor arcades will have a patron cap based on the overall space in the venue, with 20 patrons in any indoor spaces subject to density requirements of one person per four square metres. Groups are limited to 10 people.
  • indoor cinemas, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums, may open and have up to 20 seated patrons per venue or theatre, subject to the four square metre rule. Theatres with multiple seating tiers (e.g. stalls and balconies) with separate entries may seat up to 20 people per tier with density requirements of one person per four square metres.

As always, we are urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities. If you feel unwell you should stay at home. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested.  It’s up to all of us to make this work.

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Summary of restrictions

The following venues may open for up to 20 patrons per indoor space, subject to the four-square metre rule. For outdoors spaces, the limit is worked out using the density requirement, (one person per four square metres) applied to the entire venue. Groups are limited to 10 people: 

  • 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, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums, may open and have up to 20 seated patrons per venue or theatre, subject to the four-square metre rule. Theatres with multiple seating tiers (e.g. stalls and balconies) with separate entries may seat up to 20 people per tier with density requirements of one person per four-square metres.  

Drive-in cinemas can operate. There are no patron limits, but customers are not permitted to be seated outside of their car. 

The previously announced future easing of restrictions for electronic gaming areas at pubs, clubs and casinos will now be subject to further advice from the Chief Health Officer. 

What measures are being put in place to keep staff and customers safe?

Limits are placed on entry to ensure compliance with single space density requirements – visit the Preventing infection in the workplace page for information on the one person per four square metres rule.

Increased hygiene measures for staff and patrons are required. We are working closely with industry associations and workers’ representatives to ensure clear, detailed and practical guidance is in place for different types of businesses.

Operators should develop a plan to manage patrons’ movement, particularly for viewing areas and areas where customers are likely to congregate, to ensure physical distancing. 

As attendees, we also have a role to play by keeping at least 1.5 metres between ourselves and others, washing our hands often, coughing or sneezing into an elbow or tissue and staying home if we feel unwell. Information for business and industry, including information about the four square metre rule, is available on the Preventing infection in the workplace page.

Will venues need to collect attendees’ names?

Operators are required to request the first name and phone number, and if provided keep those records, of all people (staff, customers, maintenance and delivery workers) who stay for more than 15 minutes.

Information for business and industry, including information about collecting attendee contact details, is available on the Record keeping for contact tracing page.

Can I visit a gallery, museum national institution or historic site?

Galleries and museums can open with up to 20 people in a single indoor space, subject to the four square metre rule.

The cap on visitors to outdoor spaces is subject to density requirements (one person per four square metres). Groups of family or friends are limited to 10 people in indoor and outdoor spaces.

Can I visit a zoo?

You can visit a zoo and other animal facilities such as wildlife centres, aquariums and animal farms with up to 20 members of the public allowed per indoor space. The cap on visitors to outdoors spaces is subject to density requirements (one person per four square metres). Groups are limited to 10 people.

What about drive-in cinemas?

Drive-in cinemas are open. As customers are mostly in their cars, there are no restrictions on numbers attending drive-in cinemas. Customers are not permitted to be seated outside of their car. Operators should ensure that physical distancing is maintained in busy areas like takeaway food stalls, and that there is frequent cleaning of bathroom facilities.

Can I go to the cinema, a concert, theatre or auditorium?

You can go to an indoor cinema, a concert venue, theatre or auditorium, with a maximum of 20 seated patrons allowed in each enclosed indoor space at any one time.

Theatres with multiple seating tiers (e.g. stalls and balconies) with separate entrances may seat up to 20 people per tier, subject to the four square metre rule. 

Outdoor concert, theatres or auditoriums must also meet gathering limits and the one person per four square metre rule. Visit the Preventing infection in the workplace page for information the one person per four square metres rule

Are amusement parks and outdoor arcades open?

Outdoor amusement parks are currently open for a maximum of 20 visitors per indoor space subject to the four square metre rule.

The cap on visitors to outdoor spaces is subject to density requirements (one person per four square metres). Groups are limited to 10 people.

Indoor amusement parks and indoor arcades remain closed at this time.

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

You can live-stream a performance without a live audience at your venue if you’d like to continue performing.

However, you need to ensure the performers and technicians involved maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between themselves and others whenever possible.

Can there be multiple groups of 10 people in large venues such as a museum?

Large venues such as galleries and museums are permitted to open and have up to 20 visitors in each room or enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule.

Within each space, groups are limited to 10 people. This means that a large venue could have multiple groups as long as the total number in each space doesn’t exceed the four square metre rule or the cap of 20 patrons.

Venues will need to have safety measures, including increased cleaning, in place to protect their staff and visitors, and physical distancing should be maintained. 

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

Restaurants or cafes within these facilities must adhere to the restrictions specific to them. More information is available on the Restaurants and cafes page.

For further advice on how this should be managed based on the needs of specific businesses, see the Hospitality industry guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Can I play the pokies?

At this stage gaming venues remain closed.

Can I go to a nightclub?

Nightclubs may open for up to 20 seated customers per space with maximum group numbers totalling 10, subject to the four square metre rule.

Nightclubs may provide a seated service only, with 1.5 metres between tables. Dance floors remain closed.

More information is available on the Restaurants and cafes page.

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

Currently group lessons are permitted to resume if appropriate measures are taken to keep people safe.

The most important preventative measure is that people do not attend a lesson, class, practice, rehearsal or performance if they are unwell or have any symptoms.  Other steps that should be taken to keep everyone safe include:

  • Staying at least 1.5 metres apart wherever possible
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoiding sharing microphones or instruments that are played with a mouthpiece
  • Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces after each use, including door handles, music stands, and shared instruments including pianos.

The four square metre rule and gathering size limits also apply to many venues. These areas should also be cleaned with increased frequency.

In a community hall or music venue (such as a musical hall, theatre or auditorium), no more than 20 people are allowed in each separate space or seating tier (subject to the four square meter rule), with separate groups in music venues to be seated at least 1.5 metres away from each other.

For exercise classes (such as dance classes), see the sport and exercise information about group classes.

If a lesson is held in someone’s home, no more than five visitors in addition to the normal residents of the household can attend. A person who is attending another person's home for work purposes (such as a teacher) is not included in the five person visitor limit.

Guidelines on rehearsals and performances can be found here.

Can escape rooms open?

Like indoor amusement parks and indoor arcades, escape rooms are also closed at this time.

Additional information for businesses

Do I need to keep records?

All venues, except drive-in cinemas, must request the first name and phone number of the people who have attended, and if provided,  keep a record of those details for 28 days for the purposes of contract tracing. Visit the Record keeping for contact tracing page for more information.

What precautions will we need to put in place for busy areas like ticket boxes?

Information for business and industry, including information about maintaining busy public areas visit the Business and industry page.

For guidelines about reopening, see the Business Victoria website.

My venue includes a lot of high-touch points, like buttons or interactive experiences. What are my responsibilities?

Information for business and industry, including information about safely maintaining high touch areas, visit the Business and industry page.

For information about reopening, see the Business Victoria website or call 13 22 15

What restrictions apply to staff or performers?

Information for business and industry, including information for staff or performers is available on the Business and industry page.

For information about reopening, see the Business Victoria website.

How will this be enforced?

Directions will 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 Authorised Officers are working together under both the Directions and existing legislative and regulatory frameworks to boost education and remediation, in addition to driving enforcement and compliance with the Directions. Members of the public can raise concerns about venues 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 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 a direction by the 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.