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17 May 2020
Plan for restaurants, cafes, and other hospitality businesses to resume dine-in service from 1 June.

In line with advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced its plan to cautiously and carefully reopen our state’s restaurants and cafes, helping to restore jobs and rebuild our economy. 

The continuing low numbers of community transmission and the high rates of testing provide the confidence that cafes, restaurants, pubs and other hospitality businesses can begin planning for a phased re-opening.

The industry has advised that in order to plan and prepare for this change, they need time. This announcement is about giving them that time and with it, certainty. 

The Victorian Government will continue to consult with industry peak bodies and workers’ representatives to develop clear, detailed and practical guidelines for the reopening of cafes, restaurants and other relevant hospitality businesses. These guidelines will be publicly released on Monday 25 May.

This will give operators time to train staff and put new practices in place before reopening on Monday 1 June 2020, or a later date if that suits them. 

Under the proposed plan, restaurants and cafes will be able to resume dine-in service:

  • From 1 June with up to 20 patrons per enclosed space
  • From 22 June with up to 50 patrons per enclosed space
  • With up to 100 patrons per enclosed space during the second half of July

Each of the above reopening dates is subject to the advice of the Chief Health Officer, broader compliance with restrictions, the rate of testing and the movement of coronavirus within our community, including the number of cases, outbreaks and community transmission. 

As always, any future decisions relating to the easing of restrictions will be made based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer and in line with the evidence.

More information

View Reopening restaurants and cafes for answers to frequently asked questions.

For more information, visit the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions website.