COVID-19 restrictions ease in VIC, NSW, SA

Mask wearing will be reduced, while venue capacities will increase across the board.

A number of major COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease across Australia this week, with New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia all announcing changes.

Victoria relaxes rules

Victoria will further relax its COVID-19 rules this week, allowing larger gatherings and reducing mask wearing.

From 6pm on Friday 26 March, Victorians will be able to host up to 100 people in their home per day. Outdoor gatherings in public places will also increase to 200 people.

Density limits across all venues will move from ‘one person per four square metres’ to ‘one person per two square metres’.

Indoor non-seated entertainment venues will increase to 75 per cent capacity, with a limit of 1,000 people per space. Dancefloors will move to the same density limit of the venue.

Also from Friday, masks will no longer be required in retail settings but Victorians will still need to carry one with them at all times and wear it on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in aged care facilities and hospitals.

Information for planning business events in Victoria can be found here.

SA eases density rules further

In South Australia, density requirements and restrictions on dancefloor capacity and indoor venues will be relaxed from 12.01am 31 March 2021.

The density requirement will move from ‘one person per two square metres’ to ‘three people per four square metres’, which is equivalent to 75 per cent capacity.

The capacity for cinemas, live theatres, performance venues and places of worship with fixed seating will increase to 100 per cent provided attendees are wearing a mask.

Restrictions on dancing will be removed except for venues that are subject to a COVID Management Plan, including venues with over 1,000 people. In those cases, ‘three people per four square metres’ will apply to dance floors.

Find the latest changes here.

Dancefloors return to NSW

Dancing will return and venue capacity limits will ease further in NSW, with the state government announcing another major rolling back of COVID-19 restrictions.

From 12:01am Monday 29 March, the cap on wedding and funeral attendance will be removed and there will be no restrictions on dancing, including at weddings and in pubs and nightclubs.

All venues will move to the ‘one person per two square metres’ rule and entertainment venues will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent seated capacity.

Also from Monday, there will be no cap on visitors in New South Wales homes, however if there are more than 100 people there must be a COVID-19 safety plan in place, including electronic recording of visitor details.

Up to 200 people will be allowed at personal outdoor public gatherings, while mask wearing on public transport will move from ‘mandatory’ to ‘strongly recommended’.

The latest news on NSW COVID-19 rules can be found here.

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