Check the latest changes to our services and programs.
Restrictions eased from 11.59 Tuesday 27 July.
There are currently:
- no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
- no restrictions on travelling across the state or to regional Victoria.
Face masks must be carried at all times and must be worn indoors and outdoors.
You do not need to wear a mask in your own home or if a lawful exception applies.
For more details, visit the Victorian Government Coronavirus website.
- Private gatherings in the home are not permitted.
- You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people. A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard at home.
Work and education
- If you can work or study from home, you should continue to do so. If you can’t work from home or another suitable premise, you can go to work.
- Offices can increase in attendance to 25% capacity or 10 people, whichever is greater.
- Schools and early childcare are open.
Retail and hospitality
- Shops are open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm. While shopping you need to adhere to the patron limits per shop. This limit on patrons is in place to ensure everyone in the shop can keep 1.5 metres distance.
- Restaurants and cafes can open for seated service with up to 25 people before density requirements apply. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies, with a maximum of 100 people (indoors and outdoors) per venue. Group sizes are limited to 10 people. A limit on customers for seated service is in place to ensure everyone can keep 1.5 metres distance. Food courts can also re-open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm with a maximum of 100 people per venue (indoors and outdoors) and a COVID Check-in Marshal must be present.
- Restaurants and cafes are required to have a COVID Check-in Marshal monitoring patrons checking in using the Service Victoria app.
- Community facilities including libraries can open with density requirements of 1 person per 4sqm, with no more than 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space. Group sizes are limited to 10 people.
Checking in and getting tested
If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.
Continue to check-in everywhere you visit using the Service Victoria QR code app, no matter how long you spend at that location.
Taking the following actions will help to keep you and your community safe:
- wash your hands regularly, including before you leave and when you return home
- keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others
- always carry a face mask with you when you leave home and wear it in the required situations, unless you have an exemption. More information is available on the Victorian Government's face masks page.
- cough and sneeze into your elbow
- never, ever go out if you are unwell unless it is to get tested, then you must go straight home and stay there until you receive your test results.
The Victorian Government also recommends meeting with friends and family outdoors, because there's a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 between people if you are outdoors.
Victorian Travel Permit System
A permit system has been established for all domestic travel into Victoria, and travel to Victoria from New Zealand.
Victorian daily updates
Visit the Department of Health (DH) website for the latest daily update on COVID-19, and view their latest media release for case numbers by local government area. DH also provides a breakdown of COVID-19 data by location, updated daily, as well as the latest information on public exposure sites.
The State of Emergency in place in Victoria since 16 March 2020 has been extended by the Victorian Government until 11.59 pm Friday 4 June 2021, upon advice from the Chief Health Officer (CHO) due to the ongoing public health risk of COVID-19.
For information on current restrictions, please refer to the DHHS directions issued by the Chief Health Officer on Victoria’s restriction levels.
Victoria Police are issuing fines for breaches of these restrictions. To report any breaches of COVID-19 restrictions, call the Victoria Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
Council service changes
For a full list of venue closures and service changes in the City of Port Phillip, see Events, Service and Program Changes.
The Victorian Government has provided translated coronavirus information online in a number of languages. For more information about translated resources and interpreting services, visit Safety and Wellbeing during COVID-19.
The Australian Government recommends that all Australians download the COVIDSafe app, to help speed up contacting people exposed to COVID-19. The more Australians that connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker the virus can be traced.
- 12 February 2021: COVID-19 Update 12 February
- 4 February 2021: COVID-19 update 4 February
- 6 September 2020: Victorian Government COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery issued
- 23 July 2020: Stage 3 Restrictions and Stay At Home directions issued
- 9 June 2021: Extra Cash Support For Melbourne Businesses
- 9 June 2021: The Acting Premier - Easing of restrictions for metro Melbourne
- 22 February 2021: Premier of Victoria - Support For Businesses Impacted By Circuit Breaker Action
- 23 December: Working for Victoria supports COVID-safe summer in Port Phillip
- 22 December: ‘Play It Safe’ in Port Phillip over Summer
- 27 October: Port Phillip traders prepare to serve up outdoor dining
- 13 October: ‘Live Love Local’ the message for Port Phillip recovery
- 22 September: New Business Advisory Group collaborating with Council on COVID-19 recovery
- 11 August: Port Phillip Council Stage 4 restrictions update
- 9 July: COVID-19 statement by Mayor Bernadene Voss - 9 July
- 4 June: To market, to market! St Kilda Esplanade Market reopens
- 26 May: Port Phillip Council welcomes COVID-19 restriction easings
- 22 May: Port Phillip Arts Rescue Package helps artists stay afloat
- 12 May: COVID-19 cleaning crews in Port Phillip
- 31 March: Public immunisation sessions continuing with COVID-19 precautions
- 27 March: Port Phillip beaches and Botanical Gardens closed
- 26 March: Port Phillip Council announces $2.5 million emergency relief package
- 25 March: Temporary suspension of JUMP electric bike trial
- 23 March: COVID-19 statement by Mayor Bernadene Voss - 23 March
- 19 March: Port Phillip Libraries closed under new COVID-19 precautions
- 17 March: Port Phillip Council urges Council watcher to go online as COVID-19 precaution
- 17 March: COVID-19 statement by Mayor Bernadene Voss - 17 March