• Wash your hands frequently

  • Cover your cough or sneeze

  • Avoid close contact with others; at least 6 feet – especially when you’re with or around vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions etc

  • No handshakes, try not to touch your face, sanitiser your hands and clean surfaces

  • Isolate yourself at the first sign of any symptoms until you can be tested- There’s a hotline (1800 020 080) if you have any questions or need to seek professional help to answer questions.

  • Think different- change your ways of doing things. Can you shop online for food and clothes? Phone a friend instead of meeting up, watch a movie on Netflix and implement work meetings through Zoom etc.


Restrictions are currently in place in Victoria. Effective 11.59pm on Tuesday, 12 May 2020, we’re telling Victorians there are only 5 reasons to be out:

  • shopping for what you need – food and essential supplies
  • medical, care or compassionate needs
  • exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
  • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely
  • visiting friends and family – if you really need to

Police can issue fines for non-compliance with these restrictions.

For more information, you can see a comprehensive list of Frequently asked questions about Directions by the Victorian Chief Health Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services.

See the gradual easing of restrictions page at the Department of Health and Human Services for more detail about the easing of restrictions from 11.59pm on 12 May 2020.


Victoria Police have been given the power to issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses who refuse or fail to comply with the Chief Health Officer and Deputy Chief Health Officer emergency directions or public health risk directions.

Fines can also be issued to those who refuse or fail to comply with a direction by the Chief Health Officer to provide information.

See the statement from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services for more information.

Events, gatherings and getting together

Under current restrictions, all gatherings are restricted as follows:

  • Up to 5 visitors are allowed in your home
  • Up to 10 people may gather for non-contact sport or recreation in public settings, such as parks
  • Up to 10 people may gather at some indoor facilities, such as places of worship and community centres, along with those running the facilities

Try to minimise, or eliminate if possible, physical interactions with others. Practice physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres away from others.

See the Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer – frequently asked questions page at the Department of Health and Human Services for more detailed information.

Cafes, restaurants and food courts

Cafes and food courts can’t provide table service, but may continue to offer delivery and takeaway.

Cafes and canteens may continue to operate at:

  • hospitals
  • care homes or schools
  • prisons
  • military bases
  • workplaces, though only as a takeaway service

Food services for the homeless can continue without restriction.

Shop, businesses and commercial premises

The following venues and businesses are not allowed to operate under stage current restrictions:

  • zoos, petting zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks, except for the maintenance, care or rescue of animals
  • museums, national institutions and historic sites
  • galleries, libraries, toy libraries
  • non-essential local government facilities and services, such as libraries and pools
  • community centres, youth centres and community facilities (such as community halls, clubs, RSLs, PCYCs), but these may be used for certain events of up to 10 people, such as religious ceremonies 
  • auction houses – they can continue to conduct sales remotely
  • real estate auctions and open house inspections – except for private inspections by appointment
  • non-food markets – whether indoor or outdoor – and non-food stalls at mixed-purpose markets
  • beauty and personal care services where there is close contact for a prolonged period, including:
    • beauty therapy, spray-tanning, waxing and nail salons
    • tattoo and piercing parlours
    • spas and massage parlours


Food markets may continue to trade, ensuring no more than 1 person for every 4 square metres of space.

Hairdressers, barber shops and hair salons may continue to operate, ensuring no more than 1 person for every 4 square metres of space.

Allied health services, such as physiotherapy and podiatry, are not required to close.

Entertainment venues

The following entertainment venues are closed under current restrictions:

  • pubs, bars, clubs or nightclubs except for bottle shops
  • casinos, gaming or gambling venues
  • adult entertainment premises, such as strip clubs, brothels and sex-on-premises venues
  • concert venues
  • arenas, auditoriums and stadiums where performances are held – except where a small group (no more than 10 people) performs to an online audience via live-streaming or similar technology
  • amusement parks and arcades
  • children’s play centres – both indoor and outdoor

Community and recreation centres

The following venues are closed under current restrictions: 

  • gyms
  • indoor sporting venues
  • health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities
  • social sporting-based activities
  • swimming pools – both public and shared
  • saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres
  • community and recreation centres (although these may be used for certain events of up to 10 people, including religious ceremonies)


Community and recreation centres may remain open for the purposes of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services. They may also 

Boot camps and personal training services can continue only if they are:

  • outdoor 
  • with a maximum of 10 people at any one session
  • ensuring no more than 1 person for every 4 square metres of space

For more information, visit the Restricted activities direction – frequently asked questions page at the Department of Health and Human Services. 


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  • 55 Pelham Street, Carlton, Vic 3053, Australia