October 29, 2021

Image: Jones Winery, Rutherglen

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has determined that from 6pm today, Friday 29 October, Victoria will move to Phase C of the Roadmap: Delivering the National Plan.

Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will be subject to the same state-wide settings including eased density and capacity limits, if workers and customers are fully vaccinated.


If workers and customers are not fully vaccinated with two doses, or venues do not check vaccination status, premises in regional Victoria may be forced to close, or operate with reduced capacity limits.


Phase C state-wide settings: metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria


DQ4: one person per four square metres  |  DQ2: one person per two square metres

Hospitality- Small venues: up to 25 people
- Large venues: indoors DQ4 applies with seated service.
- Outdoors: DQ2 with a cap of 500 patrons and seated service is not required. Dance floors are permitted outdoors
- Food courts: DQ4

Masks can be removed to consume food and drink.
Closed, except for take away.

All hospitality workers must be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021 if they are working on site, even if they are only providing takeaway, as part of mandatory vaccination requirements for select workers.
AccommodationBookings are subject to the private gathering limit and are permitted for:

- the person making the booking, plus 
- the other members of their household, plus
- the intimate partners of the person or any member of their household, plus
- 10 additional people (dependants included, infants under the age of 1 excluded).

Vaccination is strongly recommended for all guests. Density quotient of one person per four square metres applies to communal spaces indoors, and one person per two square metres outdoors.
Only fully vaccinated guests can access spaces with vaccination requirements, such as swimming pools and restaurants.
Community facilitiesIndoors: DQ4

Outdoors: DQ2 with a 500 person cap
Closed, except for essential public support services, which can run with a maximum of 10 people per space.
Creative arts studiosIndoors: DQ4

Outdoors: DQ2 with a 500 person cap
Entertainment and function premises- Non-seated indoor space: Fully vaccinated indoor DQ4.
- Seated indoor space: Fully vaccinated 75 per cent capacity or DQ4 up to 1000
- Outdoor seated: Fully vaccinated DQ2 up to 5000 per venue. 
- Outdoor non-seated: Fully vaccinated DQ2 up to 5000 per venue.
Funeral parlours and crematoriumsIndoors: DQ4

Outdoors: DQ2 up to 500
DQ4 applies, maximum of 30 people.
Gaming machine premisesIndoors: DQ4Closed
Physical recreation premisesIndoors: DQ4

Outdoors: DQ2 outdoors up to 500
Community sport participants (players, coaches, officials and volunteers) can access facilities without showing vaccination status.

Community sport spectators may access facilities without showing vaccination status, subject to public gathering limits of 30 people.
Real estateIndoors: DQ4

Outdoors: DQ2 up to 500 people
Inspection by private appointment with a single household, if vaccination status unknown.
Hair, beauty and personal careIndoors: DQ4 Closed
Tours and transportIndoors: DQ4

Outdoors: DQ2 with a 500 person cap


Retail will be open in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Under Phase C:

  • Customers attending general retail (e.g. clothing store) and essential retail (e.g. supermarket) will not be required to provide information on being fully vaccinated. 
  • Workers in general retail and essential retail are required to be vaccinated by the dates specified in the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (second dose required by 26 November 2021).

For more information, go to the retail sector page on coronavirus.vic.gov.au. It includes responses to frequently asked questions.

Businesses must verify their customers’ vaccination status.

If the customer has uploaded their COVID-19 Digital Certificate to their Service Victoria app, you will be able to see their vaccination status together with their check-in details. 

There are new posters and other resources to help you, including posters for checking digital vaccination certificates.

For more information, visit Checking customers’ vaccination status.

Next stage on the Roadmap: Phase D

90 per cent of people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated. That is expected on 24 November. Under Phase D:

  • All customers attending general retail must be fully vaccinated to allow density limits to be lifted at this time.  More detailed guidance will be finalised as we reach 90 per cent.  We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.
  • All workers in general retail must be fully vaccinated to allow density limits to be lifted at this time.  If your workers are not fully vaccinated, your business may not be able to open when Phase D settings begin. Encourage your workers to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 



For information on Victoria’s Roadmap, industry restrictions or to book a vaccination, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.