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Victoria – COVID Restrictions Update

Published January 05, 2021 (last updated February 18, 2021) Author: Employsure

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As of Wednesday 17 February, Victoria will exit lockdown and restrictions will be eased.

Rules For Businesses

  • Workplaces can be at 50% capacity.
  • 1 person per 2sqm rule for most businesses (e.g. hospitality, places of worship)
  • No maximum attendee caps for funerals and weddings
  • The following businesses must close:

For more information on restrictions for other businesses, visit this site.

Face Mask Requirements

Face masks must be worn inside, except in residential homes, and outside but only when social distancing is not possible.


A face mask is not required in some circumstances including for:

  • Infants and children under the age of 12 years.
  • A person who is affected by a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition.
  • Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a face mask would create a risk to that person’s health and safety related to their work, as determined through OH&S guidelines.
  • Persons whose professions require clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth. This includes teaching or live broadcasting.
  • When directed to remove the face mask to ascertain identity.
  • A person who is a student while onsite at a primary school or outside school hours care.
  • Persons being married while in the process of being married. 
  • Professional sportspeople when training or competing. 
  • Persons are engaged in any strenuous physical exercise
  • During emergencies

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Note from Employsure

The above is a general guide to the restrictions in Victoria. For official and detailed information, please visit the Victorian Government’s Covid website. If you need further information on how these restrictions impact your workplace as an employer, please get in touch with our advice line or, if you are not a client, we can assist you with free, initial advice on 1300 207 182.

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