August 9, 2021

Today the Premier announced lockdown in regional Victoria will lift from 11:59pm tonight.

From 11:59pm tonight the five reasons to leave the home will no longer apply in regional Victoria and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. However, people will only be able to travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and you must follow the Melbourne restrictions once there.

View updated Table of Restrictions (Melbourne / Regional Victoria)

  • Face masks will also still be mandatory indoors and outdoors.
  • Food and hospitality will open for seated service only, a density requirement of 1 person per 4sqm will apply, with a maximum of 100 people per venue. 
  • Venues smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people before density requirements apply.
  • Businesses that are open in regional Victoria must check the IDs of everyone they serve due to Melbourne remaining in lockdown.
  • Retail can also open and personal services such as beauty and tattooing can resume. Face masks can be removed where required for the service to be performed.
  • Private gatherings in the home are still not permitted 
  • Outdoor gatherings in public spaces can occur with up to 10 people
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed, with density requirements of 1 person per 4sqm, and no more than 100 people total indoors and 300 people outdoors per venue.
  • Weddings and funerals are also able to have up to 50 people at a venue. This limit doesn’t include infants under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the service.
  • Community sport is open for all ages, including training and competition. Only the minimum number of participants (players, coaches, referees, officials, and carers or parents) needed to train or compete are permitted to attend, subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm. Spectators are not permitted.
  • Entertainment venues can have up to 300 people per outdoor space with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm and a cap of 100 people per space indoors. All entertainment facilities are required to have a COVID Check-in Marshal to monitor patrons checking-in with the Service Victoria app.

All regional Victorians need to continue with their COVIDSafe behaviours – most importantly to get tested immediately if they have any symptoms at all and get vaccinated if it’s their turn.

To book a vaccination at one of Victoria’s state-run clinics visit

Business Support

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Visit the ‘Business Grants’ page in our Industry Hub for a list of current funds open, and funds opening soon.

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