From 6 pm on Friday 26 March, Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, including allowing for more visitors in the home, reduced mask wearing and an increase in the number of people allowed in live music venues and other settings.
The Victorian Government has moved to ease restrictions following a reduced exposure risk and low community transmission. Find out what's changing on the DHHS website: COVIDSafe Settings.
You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
From 6 pm on Friday 26 March, face masks will continue to be mandatory in the following locations:
- on public transport
- when riding in a rideshare, taxi or tour vehicle
- when working in or visiting hospitals and care facilities
- on flights to and from Victoria
- indoors at airports
- if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care or to get tested
- while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care (except as part of a surveillance or other asymptomatic testing program)
- while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
From 6 pm on Friday 26 March:
- You can have up to 100 visitors to your home per day. The visitor cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
- Up to 200 people can meet outdoors in a public place. The cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
Victorian Travel Permit System
Victoria has established a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria. Find out more at Victorian Travel Permit System.
As restrictions ease it is more important than ever that we act every day to keep ourselves and others safe. Take the following actions to keep yourself and the 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 a lawful exception. More information is available on the DHHS 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 advises meeting with friends and family outdoors, because there's a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 between people if you are outdoors.
Victorian daily updates
Visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website for the latest daily update on COVID-19, and view their latest media release for case numbers by local government area. DHHS 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 9 April 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.
COVID-19 recovery community grant and funding opportunities
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) youth content campaign
The Victorian Government is supporting young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to amplify their voices and encourage COVIDSafe behaviour during our road to recovery. Funding between $2,000 and $20,000 is available. Find out more at vic.gov.au
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
- 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