Sport and exercise in areas outside of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Key points

  • Indoor sport and recreation activities, and playcentres can open, with a maximum of 20 people per space, and with up to 10 people per group class, unless located in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can open to a maximum of 20 patrons, unless located in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.
  • Change rooms and showers can open, and clubrooms at sport venues can have up to 20 people per indoor space, unless located in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.
  • Contact sport training and competition are allowed for people 18 years old or younger, unless you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.
  • Non-contact competitions are allowed for all ages, unless you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.
  • A number of activities cannot take place in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.
  • Residents from metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire cannot participate in sport and recreation elsewhere in Victoria.

If you feel unwell you should stay at home. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested.

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Summary of restrictions

Outside of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues (for example, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness studios, dance studios) can open.
    • Multiple separate ‘zones’ may be created within a larger indoor space. To be considered a ‘zone’, the area must be for the exclusive use of a group and at least 200 metres squared. For example, a large indoor court could be separated into two spaces for different groups at each end.
    • For indoor exercise, no more than 20 participants are allowed in each separate space or zone, subject to the four-square metre rule, with up to 10 people in each group class (e.g. Zumba). If all participants are 18 years old or younger, no group limit applies. Participants should remain 1.5 meters apart from those they don’t live with.
  • For organised community sport, both indoors and outdoors, the minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (ie. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes). This applies even if it exceeds the density quotient or group limit on the venue.
  • Large indoor venues can allocate separate spaces and have up to 20 people in each space and 10 people per group/activity. If all participants are 18 years or younger, no group limit applies. For example, a large indoor court can be separated into two spaces with different groups at each end.
  • For adults, outdoor sport and exercise activities are allowed if participants can keep 1.5 metres apart from each other and there are no more than 20 people participating.
  • For organised non-contact community sport, both indoors and outdoors, training or a match can be attended by the minimum number of participants required. This will be determined by the rules of the sport governing body.
  • For people aged 18 years and under, full-contact training and competition may resume.
  • Spectators for training and competitions must abide by public gathering restrictions – spectators should be in groups of no more than 10 people in open, outdoor venues and spread out around the ground or venue.
  • If indoors, spectators should not attend – just those necessary for the competition or training and to support the participants (e.g. supervising parents).
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can have a maximum of 20 patrons. There is no limit on the number of people per lane in each pool. If the swimming pool is being used for a community sport then the minimum number of participants required to conduct the sport can participate. This is determined by the rules of the sport governing body
  • Communal facilities, such as change rooms, can now open for indoor and outdoor sport venues.
  • Playcentres including trampolining can now open for up to 20 people per space, with up to 10 people per group for group activities. 
  • Public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks are open.
  • Currently, residents from metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire cannot visit regional Victoria for the purposes of exercise and recreation.

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020, further restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. For more information visit: Restrictions: Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

What measures have been put in place to keep staff and participants safe?

Outside of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, where facilities are open, limits are placed on entry to ensure compliance with density requirements – one person per four square metres. . For more information, see the Business sector page.

Increased hygiene measures for staff and participants are required. Guidelines for sport are available on Sport and Recreation Victoria. See 'What are some of the things I can do right now' on the Business sector page.

What actions do I need to take when playing or participating in sport or exercise?

You can help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Before you play:

  • If you have tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19), are living with a diagnosed person or have had close contact with a person who is confirmed to have the virus, you must stay at home.
  • If you are feeling unwell you should stay at home. If you have even mild symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) then you should get tested.
  • Wash your hands before you play or exercise.
  • If you are using shared equipment it should be cleaned and sterilised before you use it.

When you play:

  • Keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others wherever possible. This doesn’t apply to people aged 18 years old and under while playing sport or exercising.
  • Don’t share drink bottles, helmets or equipment that touches your face or head.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

After you play:

  • If you are using shared equipment it should be cleaned and sterilised after you use it.
  • Wash your hands when you get home.

Can I exercise outside with others?

If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you can exercise outdoors with up to 20 people, provided you maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and the other person.

If all participants are 18 years old or younger then there are no limits on the number of people who can exercise outside together.

If I live in regional Victoria, can I exercise within metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire?

No. If you don’t live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire then you cannot travel to these areas to exercise. You can only travel into these areas for one of the below reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods or services
  • work and education
  • care or compassionate reasons

If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you are not permitted to travel into these areas for exercise. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you cannot travel out of this area to exercise.

Can I attend my bootcamp?

Yes. If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, bootcamps can operate provided there are no more than 20 people training together outdoors. All activity and training must be non-contact and participants should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

Bootcamps can train indoors with no more than 10 people per group class, and a maximum of 20 people per space, plus the required number of people to lead the class.

Boot camps should practise good hand hygiene, and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection and participants should use their own equipment where possible. 

If all participants are 18 years old or younger then there are no limits on the number of people who can attend a bootcamp together.

Within metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, bootcamps are closed. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants plus the instructor. You cannot travel outside this area to attend a bootcamp.

Can I go to the gym?

Yes. If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, physical recreation venues, including gyms, can open with up to 20 people allowed per space, subject to the four square metre rule. Participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart from anyone they don’t live with.

Up to 10 people are allowed per group activity or class at any one time. The class instructor is not counted as part of the 10 people.

When the participants are all 18 years old or younger, they can practice indoors with up to 20 per zone and 20 per group, as long as the four square metre rule is met.

Venues with multiple separate spaces must ensure there are measures in place to limit close contact between patrons in shared spaces such as foyers and bathrooms.

Gyms and indoor sports centres in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are currently closed. You cannot travel outside this area to attend the gym.

Can I attend an exercise class now?

Yes. If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you can take an indoor exercise class with up to 10 people plus the minimum number of people required to lead the class. The four square metre rule applies indoors and participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart.

Facilities can open with up to 20 patrons in any single indoor space, providing there are measures in place to limit close contact between patrons in shared areas such as change rooms and bathrooms.

Outdoor classes can continue in groups of up to 20 adults.

If all participants are 18 years old or younger, then there are no limits on the number of people who can attend an indoor or outdoor class together.

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you cannot attend an exercise class even if it is in an unrestricted area. The exception to this is outdoors personal training with a limit of two participants plus the instructor. You can also exercise outdoors with members of your household.

So how many people can attend a class at a gym or studio?

If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, indoor sporting facilities, such as gyms and studios, can open to no more than 20 participants per indoor space or zone, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group activity or class.

The limit of 10 people per class has been put in place as gyms and other indoor sporting spaces are considered to be higher risk compared to other indoor facilities. This is because when we exercise together indoors, we sweat and breathe more heavily, increasing the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).

Indoor gyms also have lots of high-touch shared surfaces with a high need for regular cleaning and disinfection, and strict controls to ensure physical distancing.

When the participants are all 18 years old or younger, they can practice indoors with no group limit as long as they meet the four square metre rule.

Gyms and indoor sports centres in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are currently closed. If you live in these areas you cannot travel outside these areas to access gyms and indoor sports centres.

In a large gym or court, can multiple spaces be set up?

In regions where gyms and courts are open, multiple separate spaces may be created within a larger indoor space. To be considered a separate space, the area must be for the exclusive use of up to 20 people if participating in an individual activity and be no less than 200 square metres.

Up to 10 people are allowed to participate in a class per separate space. When the participants are all 18 years old or younger, they can practice indoors with no group limit, as long as they meet the four square metre rule.

Facilities must also put in place measures to manage the movement of people through communal areas, such as change rooms. For example, classes or session times could be staggered.

Should fans be used in gyms?

Fans in gyms are not recommended as they may increase how far respiratory droplets produced during exercise are dispersed.

Can martial arts be practised?

Currently, full-contact martial arts training and competitions may resume for people 18 years old and under.

Different restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

What about snow sports? Will facilities and venues operate?

Snow sports are permitted, and the ski season is open, and ski accommodation can open and accept bookings of groups of up to 20 people, whose primary residence is not in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.

Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions currently apply in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. If you live in this area, you cannot travel to go skiing. Accommodation providers are obliged to check place of residence of those booking and not allow people from metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to stay. If you are a business owner outside of these areas, you will not be fined if you unintentionally let someone who is from metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire reside in your accommodation. In this scenario, the penalty would be applied to the customer.

Bedrooms cannot be shared between people who are not part of the same group and, if shared outside of usual household members in a single-group booking, are subject to the four square metre rule.

If lodges take bookings for multiple groups, the four-square metre rule applies for shared indoor living areas (e.g. dining, lounge, games rooms) to define patron limit.

For accommodation with communal facilities, a visitor’s temperature could be taken on arrival where possible. If a visitor is arriving at the accommodation after reception is closed, a visitor’s temperature can be taken at the next available opportunity.  For more information visit Travel.

For more information about the Victorian ski season, visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Can I go horse riding?

You can ride in a group of up to 20 people, plus the person or people required to run the session, so long as all participants live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire and the location of your ride is also outside this area. Group classes held indoors should be no more than 10 people, plus the person or people taking the lesson. You must maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and other people. Communal showers or change rooms can open at club facilities.

Horse riding facilities will be required to ask for your contact details to assist in rapid contact tracing if required.  

Using shared equipment should be avoided where practical and there should be no sharing of equipment that touches the face or head (e.g. helmets, goggles or masks). If equipment is shared, then it should be cleaned and sanitised between users. 

Horse-riding competitions can resume, provided participants maintain a distance of 1.5 metres at all times.

Can different fitness or recreation groups hold separate activities in the same park?

People should be mindful that multiple groups of 20 should not gather close together in the same location. Police will continue to monitor activities to ensure compliance.

Groups need to take reasonable steps to stay 100 metres apart from all other gatherings. Different restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I play professional sport?

Currently, professional sports have access to otherwise restricted facilities for the purpose of training and engaging in professional sporting events. Guidelines have been developed for professional sports.

The professional nature of these sports means that there are more processes and resources in place to ensure that players and officials conduct activities in a safe way that limits the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is why professional teams are currently allowed to undertake more activities than community sports.

Professional sport has resumed full training and can use indoor or outdoor facilities subject to some restrictions – these include facilities only allowing one professional sports team to train at a time.

Facilities must collect the details of each person who attends the facility and take steps to implement relevant recommendations by the Victorian Government.

Professional sport can also use arenas and stadiums for the purpose of engaging in professional sporting events or for training by a single professional sports team. Only people necessary for the professional sporting event or broadcasting of that event may attend.

What does this mean for AFL/other sporting codes?

A number of sporting codes have resumed. More information can be found at Sports and Recreation Victoria.

What community sports remain prohibited and can I train?

If you live and play sports outside metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you can participate in training for all sports, but if participants are 19 years or older it must be non-contact.

For organised community sport, both indoors and outdoors, the minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in either training or a match. 

The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (i.e. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes). 

This applies even if it exceeds the four square metre rule or group limit on the venue. 

Participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart. This means that contact sports cannot occur – including Aussie rules, other codes of football and soccer, netball and basketball – unless modifications are made to ensure physical distancing.
 
People 18 years and under can train and compete both indoors and outdoors. The minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (i.e. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes).

If you live or play sport in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you cannot currently participate in community sport in or outside the area.

Can I share equipment with other participants?

Use your own equipment where possible and minimise sharing of equipment. Shared equipment should be cleaned between uses. Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I drink from a public water fountain or bubbler?

Public drinking water supplies are safe to drink. When using public drinking water fountains and bubblers, it is good practice to run them to draw fresh, drinking water through prior to drinking and most importantly avoid placing your mouth directly on the fountain or bubbler. When filling up a water bottle at the drink fountain, ensure the spout of your drink bottle does not contact the fountain head or bubbler.

If the fountain requires you to push a button or lever, clean the surface first or use your elbow or a clean tissue to operate the tap. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub if you’ve touched a button or lever with your hands.

Can I shower at the sport or exercise facility I attend?

Communal facilities like showers and change rooms can reopen for indoor and outdoor sport venues. Toilets can also be used. Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can sporting competitions resume?

People can participate in non-contact sporting competitions for all age groups. 

Full-contact training and competitions may resume only for people 18 years and under. Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Why are people aged 18 and under allowed to resume full-contact training and competition?

Full-contact training and competition may resume for people 18 years and under as the evidence shows that children and adolescents are less likely to spread coronavirus (COVID-19), less likely to contract the virus, and if they get sick, their symptoms are often mild.

The minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (ie. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes).

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

How do I ensure shared toilets at my venue comply with physical distancing measures?

Use floor markings with adequately spaced markers on the floor to promote physical distancing.

You should also ensure toilets are in working condition with soap provided and increase cleaning as appropriate.

Can I go swimming? Are pools open?

Currently, indoor and outdoor swimming pools are open outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. The four square metre rule applies, calculated on the publicly accessible area excluding the pool. In a swimming pool there is a maximum of 20 patrons allowed in the pool.

Swimming pools, including those used by a single professional sporting team, must keep a record of the people who have attended. See the Record keeping for contract tracing – information for business page.

Communal facilities such as showers and change rooms can open. Use floor markings with adequately spaced markers on the floor to promote physical distancing in change rooms and increase cleaning as appropriate. The limit of three people per lane will also no longer apply.

Check with your local council to find out if your swimming pool has opened, the hours of operation and the processes your local council has in place to protect your health and safety.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you cannot use indoor or outdoor swimming pools, or travel to use them outside these areas.

Can swimming teachers be in physical contact with children?

Supervision is key to swimming pool safety for children. Supervision necessitates physical contact by holding or staying within arms' reach of toddlers and beginner swimmers at all times when in the water.

Swimming instructors and coaches are not included in the 20 patron limit in swimming pools. A swimming lesson can be held with 20 participants at any one time, in addition to the person or people running the lesson, provided there are no other members of the public in the pool. Different restrictions apply in restricted suburbs. Public pools are now closed in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

If I want to watch my child’s swimming lesson, am I included in the total number of people allowed in the facility?

In regions where public swimming pools are open, if you are watching your child swim (and are not entering the water), you are not included in the limit on the number of people in the pool. The number of people in the pool facility (i.e. those who aren’t in the pool) shouldn’t exceed the four square metre rule or the maximum number of people per space. To understand how this applies to your local pool, you should contact them. You should maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between you and others who are not from your household.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I use sports club facilities?

Communal facilities including showers, toilets and change rooms can open. Different restrictions apply in restricted suburbs. Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I play golf?

You can play golf, but you should ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to use common sense and consideration when it comes to these activities.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, golf is permitted solo or in pairs while maintaining 1.5 metres distancing at all times. You cannot travel to or outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire to play golf.

How many people can play golf on a hole at a time? What if there is a queue of golfers at a hole?

While exercising or playing sport, you should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can I watch professional sports players training, or spectate at sports centres or venues?

Currently, professional sport will be in a spectator-free environment with the minimum support staff available to support the competition.

Can I go to a playcentre such as my trampoline club?

Playcentres can open with up to 20 people allowed per space, subject to the four square metre rule, and with up to 10 people per group for group activities. Where possible, you should remain at least 1.5 metres apart from other people.

Venues with multiple separate spaces must ensure there are measures in place to limit close contact between patrons in shared spaces such as foyers and bathrooms. Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I go to the park?

You can currently meet up with friends, family and loved ones at the park, with groups of up to 10 people – but as always, we’re asking Victorians to use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities.

Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

If you are in a group of up to 10 you need to take reasonable steps to maintain 100 metres from all other gatherings.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Are public playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor communal gyms open?

Public playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor communal gyms are open.

There is no limit on the number of people that can use these facilities at any one time. People should not gather in groups of more than 10 and should stay 1.5 metres apart from others where possible.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you cannot use public playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor communal gyms or use travel to use them outside these areas.

Can I fly a hobby plane?

You are allowed to fly a hobby plane, model plane or kite. You should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can we go to the beach?

You can relax at the beach, have a picnic or play non-contact sports.

You can currently meet up with friends, family and loved ones in groups of up to 10 people – but as always, we’re asking Victorians to use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities.

Multiple groups of people should not gather close by. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I go swimming at the beach?

You can swim at the beach, but you should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others and comply with group limits.

Can I go to a national park in regional Victoria?

Parks are open for hiking and other recreational activities for people who live outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Currently, you can gather in a group of up to 10 people while exercising outside (for example hiking) – but as always, we’re asking Victorians to use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities. Where possible, driving with passengers outside your household should be avoided.

Multiple groups of people should not gather close by. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

As always, Victorians are being asked to use common sense and consideration when it comes their activities. Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

For information on camping read about travel restrictions.

Can I go bushwalking in regional Victoria?

Some parks have reopened for hiking and other recreational activities. You can go bushwalking outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as long as you live outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

Currently, you can gather in a group of up to 10 people – but as always, we’re asking Victorians to use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I go fishing? Can I go fishing with friends? Or hunting?

You can go fishing or hunting, but you must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.

Currently, you can gather in a group of up to 10 people – but as always, we’re asking Victorians to use common sense when it comes to their activities.

Fishing or hunting competitions can resume. Competitors should keep 1.5 metres between themselves.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you cannot leave the area for recreational purposes.

Can I go boating in regional Victoria?

Recreational boating is permitted. Physical distancing and mass gathering rules apply at all times – including at the boat ramp and on your boat.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I get out on the water in my boat with a mate? It's a small boat. Do we need to physically distance?

You can go boating but you should maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others, where possible.

Can I go gold prospecting or panning?

You can go gold prospecting or panning but you must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.

Currently, you can gather in a group of up to 10 people – but as always, we’re asking Victorians to use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities.

Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Can I go for a drive or a motorbike ride as a recreational activity?

You are able to go for a drive and driving practice is now permitted, as well as attending driving lessons. Different restrictions apply for those who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

How will you enforce this?

Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by the Department of Health and Human Services and authorised officers to ensure compliance with the directions of the Chief Health Officer.

As restrictions are eased, industry bodies, Victoria Police, WorkSafe, the Department of Health and Human Services and authorised officers will work together under both the Chief Health Officer's directions and existing legislative and regulatory frameworks to boost education and remediation, in addition to driving enforcement and compliance with the directions.

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 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 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 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.