New COVID-19 restrictions are in place from Wednesday 28 July.

This will impact how we deliver services, events and programs. The latest updates are outlined below.

Our ASSIST customer service counters at St Kilda Town Hall and Port Melbourne Town Hall are reopening this week. See the Customer service counters section for details.

You can also still contact us via:

Phone: ASSIST 03 9209 6777
Facebook: @cityofportphillip
Twitter: @cityportphillip

Adventure playgrounds

South Melbourne (Skinners) Adventure Playground and St Kilda Adventure Playground have reopened to the public.

Capacity limits are in place, in line with Victorian Government restrictions for outdoor gatherings. Please contact the playgrounds directly with any enquiries.

Arts and culture

The COVID-19 outbreak is causing significant disruption to the activities of local arts and the broader community. This includes grants and programs. Please visit Arts and Creative Industries COVID-19 or Arts and Culture for full details.

Australian citizenship ceremonies

Find the latest updates at Australian Citizenship.


There are no restrictions on the distance you can travel from home to visit beaches.

You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people.

Face masks must be worn outdoors.

Parks Victoria manages on-water activities in Port Phillip Bay. For details on what recreational activities are permitted under the current restrictions in Victoria, please visit the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Please visit the Parks Victoria COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information about access to St Kilda Pier and visiting the little penguins' colony at St Kilda.

Carlisle Street Arts Space

Carlisle Street Arts Space will reopen Friday 30 July with a new exhibition: Friends of Suai/Covalima: Art of Friendship.

Child care facilities

Council-owned child care centres continue to operate.

Barring Djinang Kindergarten - Tier 1 exposure site and temporary closure

Monday 19 July update: The South Melbourne Primary School building, including Barring Djinang Kindergarten, has been identified as a Tier 1 exposure site. The building, including the school and kindergarten, is currently closed.

Children's Services waiting list

The Children’s Services Wait List procedure for Council and community-managed child care services has been changed to include the Priority of Access Guidelines. These guidelines are part of the Australian Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, with Council changes in place for the duration of the Package.

For more information, visit applying for childcare.

Community facilities

Council-managed and bookable community facilities have reopened with a maximum group size of 10 people.

Face masks must be worn indoors and you must check in via the QR code when you arrive.

For further information, please contact

Council meetings

In line with current COVID-19 restrictions, Council meetings will be held virtually via WebEx until further notice.

Council meetings are also live-streamed so that our community can watch the meeting online. They are available to watch via and Facebook.

We continue to value the community contribution to our Council meetings and encourage anyone wishing to participate to submit statements and questions via our website by 4 pm on meeting day.

Please visit the Council meetings page for more information.

Customer service counters

Our ASSIST customer service counters reopen this week:

  • St Kilda Town Hall reopening from Wednesday 28 July
  • Port Melbourne Town Hall reopening from Friday 30 July.

Face masks must be worn indoors and you must check in via the QR code when you arrive at the town hall.

Please note that South Melbourne Town Hall remains closed until further notice, due to building maintenance work.

Immunisation sessions

Immunisations are continuing, with some changes to venues to meet physical distancing requirements.

All immunisation sessions are operating from either the St Kilda Town Hall Auditorium or South Melbourne Community Centre.


All Port Phillip library branches have reopened.

Face masks must be worn indoors and you must check in via the QR code when you arrive at the library.

Density limits will be in place and no more than 100 people will be permitted. 

Library online

You can access ebooks, movies, audiobooks, music and much more via library apps.

Maternal and child health centres

Please refer to our maternal and child health centres page for details or to make an appointment.


Visitors are reminded that physical distancing requirements must be observed at all times.

Face masks must be worn, unless you have an exemption.

South Melbourne Market

All market stalls will reopen from Wednesday 28 July with density limits in place.

The market is open with the following restrictions:

  • Masks are required to be worn both inside and outside the Market at all times by anyone aged 12 years and over, unless a medical exemption applies. We ask our visitors to please consume takeaway food and beverages offsite so this rule can be maintained.
  • Restaurants and cafes will be able to offer seated service, with a density limit of 1 person for every 4 square metres

If you cannot make it to the Market, you can continue to support small businesses by shopping online with SMM Direct.

For the latest news and changes to opening hours and conditions, check the South Melbourne Market COVID-19 updates and South Melbourne Market on Facebook.

Farmers' markets

For the latest news updates or changes to your local markets' availability, opening hours and conditions, please refer to:

St Kilda Esplanade Market

The weekly Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Market is not operating during current restrictions.

Check the St Kilda Esplanade Market website or the Market's Facebook page for the latest updates. 

Meal services - delivered and cafes

Meals services will continue to operate but may be subject to closures or changes, pending further government announcements.


Regular parking enforcement resumes starting Wednesday 28 July.

Please see our Parking page for more information about parking restrictions.

Parks and playgrounds

There are no restrictions on the distance you can travel from home to visit parks and playgrounds.

You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people.

Face masks must be worn outdoors.

Parents and carers, please remember to wash your hands – and your children's – before and after attending a playground.

Please keep our playgrounds safe and open by not visiting if you're feeling unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for the results.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are open.

Public access to the glasshouse is permitted. Public toilets remain open.

Social support

Social support programs and guided heritage walks are suspended until further notice, including Linking Neighbours and those based at the Cora Graves Centre. We will be maintaining social connection by calling those who would normally be attending social support programs.

Waste and recycling services

Our waste and recycling services are vital for our community and key services continue to operate during these challenging times. Other services may be temporarily modified or suspended. A list of unchanged and updated services can be found below, with more details at Waste, Recycling and Cleaning.


As an essential service, kerbside bin collections will occur on your regularly scheduled days.

Communal glass recycling bins are accessible at six locations in Albert Park, South Melbourne, St Kilda East and St Kilda West.

Communal food recycling hubs are accessible at three locations in Albert Park, Port Melbourne and St Kilda West.


The Port Phillip Resource Recovery Centre (transfer station) remains open to the public with strict COVID-Safe measures and vehicle limits in place.

Operating hours are 7.30 am to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday, and 9 am to 1 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Please note: Wait times of up to 30 minutes are expected due to physical distancing requirements.

Our free pick-up service for hard rubbish and green waste is still operating. For details on waste pick-up service guidelines or to book a collection, visit hard and green waste collection.

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