Metropolitan Melbourne is currently in lockdown restrictions.

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 currently closed. See the Customer service counters section for details.

You can still contact us via:

Phone: ASSIST 03 9209 6777
Online services
Snap Send Solve
Facebook: @cityofportphillip
Twitter: @cityportphillip

Adventure playgrounds

While we can’t offer the standard programming at our adventure playgrounds during current COVID-19 restrictions, starting this Friday 24 September, we are trialing an opening of the adventure playgrounds as public play spaces. South Melbourne (Skinners) and St Kilda adventure playgrounds will be open daily as part of this trial.

This will provide children and families in the South Melbourne and St Kilda areas with an additional play spaces to enjoy during the current permitted daily outdoor recreation time.

Entry to the adventure playgrounds is in line with current Victorian Government restrictions. The adventure playground sites will not be staffed.

Please see Adventure playgrounds for full details of this trial and conditions of entry.

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.

Beaches

You can visit beaches within 10 kilometres of your house as part of your four hours of daily exercise and outdoor socialising in limited groups. See the Coronavirus website for details of current restrictions.

Face masks must be worn when you are outdoors.

Social gatherings are permitted outdoors between two people from a maximum of two households. Up to five people can socialise outdoors (excluding dependants), from two households, if every person over 18 years is fully vaccinated.

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 is currently closed.

Child care facilities

Childcare and kindergarten is currently available only for vulnerable children or the children of authorised workers:

  • if they cannot work from home or
  • if no supervision is available at home.

For information on who is a permitted worker visit the Victorian Government's web page on Authorised provider and authorised worker list.

If you have any questions you should contact your childcare centre directly.

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 are currently closed.

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 webcast.portphillip.vic.gov.au 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 are currently closed.

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.

Libraries

All Port Phillip library branches are currently closed.

A Click and Collect service is operating during regular opening hours. Visit the Port Phillip Library Service website for details.

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.

Markets

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

The market is operating with the following restrictions:

  • Fresh produce and grocery stalls are deemed essential and will remain open
  • Restaurants and cafes can open for takeaway only
  • Non-food stalls (including service providers) will be closed

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 be operating during lockdown 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 continue to operate but may be subject to closures or changes, pending government announcements.

Parking

Starting from Tuesday 17 August, parking officers will only enforce essential parking restrictions affecting safety and access. This includes vehicles in No Stopping Zones, Clearways, Loading Zones and other red signed restrictions, vehicles blocking access to private property, laneways, through traffic lanes or vehicles parked in disabled car spaces without the necessary permit.

We are currently not enforcing paid parking restrictions.

During the current stay-at-home curfew hours between 9 pm and 5 am, please call the Victoria Police Assistance Line on 131 444 to report any urgent parking issues such as blocked driveways and dangerously and illegally parked vehicles.

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

Parks and playgrounds

You can visit parks and playgrounds within 10 kilometres of your house as part of your four hours of daily exercise and outdoor socialising in limited groups. See the Coronavirus website for details of current restrictions.

Face masks must be worn when you are outdoors.

Social gatherings are permitted outdoors between two people from a maximum of two households. Up to five people can socialise outdoors (excluding dependants), from two households, if every person over 18 years is fully vaccinated.

Playgrounds

Playgrounds have reopened for children under 12 with only one parent, guardian or carer accompanying them, unless a second parent, guardian or carer is required for children with additional needs.

Adults must not remove their masks to eat or drink.

Playgrounds have QR codes for checking in. You should check-in everywhere, every time.

Outdoor fitness statements and skate parks

On Saturday 18 September, outdoor fitness stations, skate parks and basketball courts reopened in line with current Victorian Government restrictions.

Use the QR code to check-in when you visit, everywhere, every time.

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.

Unchanged

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.

Modified

The Port Phillip Resource Recovery Centre (transfer station) is currently closed to all non-essential or permitted access, including residents with small scale drop-offs.

The centre will remain open for individuals, contractors and service providers performing essential and permitted work only.

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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