New rules are in place to ease restrictions on entertainment venues, weddings, community sport and other gatherings.
From Wednesday 1 July 2020, the following COVID-19 restrictions will ease:
- the number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the ‘one person per 4 square metre‘ rule, with no upper limit. This includes function centres
- kids’ and adult community sport can recommence
- cultural and sporting events at large stadiums, racecourses and motor racing tracks will be allowed up to 25% of their normal seated capacity, to a maximum of 10,000. These events must be ticketed, seated and follow strict guidelines
- alcohol can still be served to seated patrons only, including at conference and function venues
- cinemas, theatres and concert halls can reopen subject to the one person per 4 square metre rule.
Restrictions on gatherings remain the same. Twenty guests are allowed inside a home and 20 guests are allowed for gatherings in a public place.
COVID-19 rules for Melbourne hotspots
New COVID-19 rules will be in place to prevent Melbourne residents living in virus hotspots from travelling to NSW.
NSW public health orders preventing travel commence from Thursday 2 July 2020.
The orders will prevent travel from Melbourne hotspots to NSW unless it is a NSW resident returning home or in special circumstances, such as to obtain urgent medical care or for compassionate reasons.
Anybody who has been in a hotspot in the past 14 days, including NSW residents, will be subject to a stay at home direction for two weeks.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government will impose strict penalties on Melbourne residents in outbreak areas who seek to enter NSW.
“Victorians living in virus hotspots have to take the Victorian and NSW health orders seriously and should be very aware that NSW will impose penalties if they seek to leave hotspot suburbs to enter NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.
Individuals who fail to comply with the new rules could face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $11,000, or both.
Learn more about COVID-19 restrictions.