The Victorian Government has announced a move to circuit breaker restrictions from 11:59pm, 27 May. These settings will remain in place until 11:59pm on 3 June.
For a detailed overview of the changes, please see the summary of circuit breaker restrictions and list of authorised providers and authorised workers.
From 11:59pm on the 27 May, there will be five reasons to leave home:
food and supplies
care and caregiving
exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person
Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from home. If there are no shops in your 5km radius, you can travel to the ones closest to you. Shopping is also limited to one person per day, per household.
Face masks will need to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.
Childcare and kinder will remain open, but schools will need to close other than for the children of authorised workers and vulnerable kids.
Shops like supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies will also remain open. Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer takeaway only. Gyms, hairdressers, community facilities and entertainment venues will all close. Non-essential retail may only open for click and collect.
Hotels and accommodation can only stay open to support guests already staying on-site. No new bookings can be made unless it is for a permitted purpose, like authorised work.
A summary of restrictions as they impact community sport and physical recreation are detailed below:
Not permitted (exercise allowed up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household)
Indoor physical recreation and sport:
Play centres, indoor skateparks, indoor trampolining centres
Outdoor physical recreation and sport
Swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms, springs. For more information about restrictions as they impact physical recreation and community sport visit the Coronavirus Victoria website.
All events scheduled between 11.59pm tonight, 27 May and 3 June will need to be cancelled or postponed, except professional sport which can still occur without spectators.
The following are considered authorised workers and can continue to operate during the circuit breaker restrictions:
- Professional or high-performance sportspeople
- Workers that support the safe running of professional sport
- Public broadcast personnel necessary for broadcasting the professional sport
- Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing, with necessary participants only.
Important information for sport, recreation and racing
All clubs are encouraged to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service and to ensure that customers check in. It is mandatory for some sectors to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service – a full list can be found here.
Your club (business) must have an active, up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan. Businesses that fail to do the right thing face significant fines.
From Friday 28 May, all Victorians over the age of 40 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Victorians aged 40-49 years will be able to access the Pfizer vaccine at state-run vaccination sites. People aged 40-49 years receiving the Pfizer vaccine must book an appointment by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. This is essential as not all vaccination centres will have the Pfizer vaccine available.
Victorians aged 50 years and over will continue to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, either through a state-run vaccination centre or a participating GP clinic. Find your nearest site.
Stay up to date
For more information go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.