Information about easing of travel restrictions from 11:59pm on 31 May.

Key points

From 11:59pm on 31 May, restrictions on travel within Victoria will be eased further: 

  • You will be able to stay in a holiday home or private residence
  • You will be also able to stay in tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds, where there are no shared communal facilities (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms)
  • Tourist accommodation can open to guests provided there are no shared communal facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms

As always, we're urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities. It’s up to all of us to make this work.
 

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What are you announcing?

From 11:59pm on 31 May, restrictions on tourism will be eased further:

  • You will be able to stay in a holiday home or private residence
  • You will be also able to stay in tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds, where there are no shared communal facilities (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms).

Tourist accommodation can open to guests provided there are no shared communal facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms.

When will these restrictions be eased?

The intention is to ease these restrictions from 11:59pm on 31 May, subject to the continued rate of testing showing minimal community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Changes to this date will be subject to the advice of the Chief Health Officer. This assessment is based on compliance with restrictions, the rate of testing and the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, including the number of cases, outbreaks and community transmission.

Travel within Victoria

Is there a restriction on how far you can travel?

There is no restriction on the distance you can travel.

Can I visit friends and family interstate?

There are no restrictions on leaving or entering Victoria at this time. 

If you are going interstate, you should familiarise yourself with the restrictions that apply at your destination.

Can I stay at a friend's house or with family within Victoria under the new directions?

From 11:59pm on 31 May, staying at private residences is allowed, subject to private gatherings limits of 20 people per household, including members of that household.

Staying at tourist accommodation is permitted as well, provided there is no use of communal areas like shared kitchens or bathrooms. Further guidelines and requirements may be developed before restrictions change.

Am I allowed to book a holiday rental or hotel?

Yes, from 11:59pm on 31 May, you can stay at tourist accommodation, including private holiday rentals, as long as you do not use communal areas like shared bathrooms and kitchens.

Can I stay at a caravan park or camping ground?

Yes. From 11:59pm on 31 May, you can stay at a caravan park, provided there are private facilities available (e.g. cabins) and there is no use of communal areas like shared bathrooms and kitchens.  Accommodation with no facilities to share, e.g. back country camping, is allowed.

Accommodation which requires use of communal areas, such as shared bathrooms and kitchens, remains subject to current restrictions and you cannot stay there.

Can I go camping?

From 11:59pm on 31 May, camping where there are no facilities to share, e.g. back country camping, is allowed.

Tourists staying at caravan parks and camping grounds that require use of communal areas like shared bathrooms and kitchens remains subject to current restrictions and is prohibited.

Is there a time limit on how long I can stay?

No. There is no time limit. But as always, we’re urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities. It’s up to all of us to make this work.

Why can't caravan parks and camping grounds with communal facilities open?

Communal facilities may increase the potential risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. As we work to keep our state safe, this remains an important precaution.

What constitutes a communal space?

An area that is shared between groups and is required in the operation of the accommodation.

Accommodation which requires the use of communal areas, like shared bathrooms and kitchens, remains subject to current restrictions.

Further guidelines and requirements may be developed before the restrictions change.

Will saunas and spas in hotels be allowed to open? What about pools?

No. Saunas and spas, including those in the community, remain closed. Pools can reopen, in line with the density requirements that apply to all pools.

Travel within Australia

If I am booked on a flight can I leave home to go to the airport?

Yes, but people are being asked not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Several Australian states now also prohibit entry, so you may not be able to fly to some states. You should check with the airline if you booked the flights some time ago.

If I am travelling domestically do I need to go into quarantine on return to Victoria?

No. There is no requirement in Victoria to quarantine after travelling domestically.

If you have returned from overseas and you’re travelling domestically from Victoria to another Australian state or territory following 14-days of mandatory quarantine this does not mean you will be exempt from quarantine requirements in the jurisdiction you are travelling to.

States and territories have individual quarantine arrangements in place, and some may require a second 14-day quarantine period for travellers coming from Victoria.

Call the Commonwealth Government's National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 to find out what travel requirements and restrictions are in place at your destination.

What if was planning to move interstate – can I still go?

Yes. You can move home within Australia (subject to obtaining the relevant permits to enter another state and compliance to any mandatory quarantine requirements).

Can I visit friends and family interstate?

There are no restrictions on leaving or entering Victoria at this time.

If you are going interstate, you should familiarise yourself with the restrictions which apply in your destination.

International travel

What if I’m travelling internationally?

For information on travelling internationally or returning to Australia from overseas visit information for overseas travellers - coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Public transport

Will public transport continue to operate?

Yes. Public transport services continue as normal. If you need to use public transport:

  • Practice physical distancing from other passengers wherever possible and do not travel if you are unwell.
  • If you travel on a busy route, consider travelling outside of peak times.
  • Public transport service desks will not accept cash for payment to purchase or top up your Myki. You must either pay online, on the phone or use contactless payment methods.

Actions for transport carriers

The following actions should be considered by transport providers, including airplanes, trains, trams, buses, taxis and Uber:

Key actions

  • Take all the actions listed under Actions for an organisation, workplace or employers.
  • Food and beverage takeaway services may continue at transport hubs; e.g. stations and airports. See Requirements for shops, retail and restaurants.
  • Plan ways to reduce person to person contact for travellers and staff.
  • Actively encourage sick passengers to stay at home.
  • Use advertising space and announcements to support public health messages around coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Plan what to do if a passenger or staff member becomes ill. For airlines see:  https://www.health.gov.au/
  • Keep staff and travellers informed of the actions you are taking.
  • For drivers of public transport, including taxis, Uber, ride-hail services, trains, buses and trams:
    • You do not need to wear a mask if you are healthy.
    • If you are unwell do not go to work.
    • Ask passengers to sit behind you to achieve as much separation as is reasonably possible.
    • Employ standard cleaning practices at the end of each shift, as part of good hygiene practice.
    • Use your discretion about reducing the risk of transmission.
    • If a passenger spreads droplets (e.g. by sneezing, coughing or vomiting), clean surfaces with appropriate disinfectant wipes so that the potential spread of infection can be minimised.

Hygiene

  • Provide and promote hand sanitisers for use on entering buildings or transport services, where possible.
  • Open windows and adjust air conditioning to increase airflow.
  • Ensure the highest hygiene practices among food handlers and canteen staff.
  • Increase environmental cleaning. Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.
  • Airlines should ensure appropriate cleaning and disinfection activities are undertaken between each flight.

Physical distancing

  • Consider whether your transport service can be adjusted to increase separation of travellers and avoid queuing.

Private transport

Can I drive my car?

You can go for a drive.

Can I learn to drive?

Driving for practice is permitted, as well as attending driving lessons and flying lessons.

You should wash your hands before and after your lesson. Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly, including the steering wheel and doors between lessons.

Can I have passengers in my car?

Cars represent an enclosed space which may heighten the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). When it is practical to do so, you should avoid carrying passengers in your car, unless they live in your household.

Can I use taxis and ride-shares?

Yes, but the less time we all spend out of our homes, helps us to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Can I organise private transport for my employees to get to work?

Yes. Charter buses or other forms of private transport can be used to get to work.

Enforcement

How will you enforce this? 

Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by DHHS and Local Government Authorised Officers to ensure compliance with the directions of the Chief Health Officer.

As restrictions are eased, industry bodies, Victoria Police, Worksafe, DHHS and Local Government Authorised Officers will work together under both under the 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.