20th September 2021

BUV Advice on Current Government’s Restrictions

On this page, you can find information and recommendations from the BUV regarding the current Government’s restrictions.  If in doubt, please ring the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 and seek advice specific to your circumstances. Please check this page regularly for the latest updates. For Church resources and translated information, click here.

 

Update 20/09/21 

Victoria’s Roadmap Summary

Metropolitan Melbourne Roadmap

Regional Victoria Roadmap

Current Restrictions – Melbourne

Current Restrictions – Regional Victoria

 

Restrictions below applies for current Phase A of roadmap until Phase B kicks in (70% fully vaccinated-indicative date 26th October). More updates to come.

Current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire 

Reasons to leave home

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent outdoors socialising in limited groups)
  • outdoor social interaction in limited groups (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent on exercise)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary)
  • Travel limit: 10km

Outdoor gathering: Fully vaccinated residents can gather in groups of five from up to two different households and unvaccinated people are limited to groups of two, up to 4hours

Private Gathering: Not permitted, single bubble person permitted

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No in-person gatherings permitted. Broadcast permitted with maximum five people (same 5-person rule no longer applies). A permit is required for each person. 

Essential Services: Places of worship may host essential public support services, such as operating a food bank or a service for homeless persons -limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

Curfew (For Metropolitan Melbourne only): From 9pm to 5am, a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons. Outside of curfew times, you cannot leave your home unless you are doing it for one of the five following reasons:  

Face coverings:

  • must be carried at all times
  • must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies
  • exception for food and drink limited so that face coverings can only be removed to eat and to drink non-alcoholic beverages

Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home

FAQ – Melbourne

Eased of restrictions

No stay at home requirement, no travel limit

Private Gathering – Not permitted, exceptions apply

Public Gathering – Max 10 people

Religious Gatherings

  • up to 20 persons per venue (excluding those required to conduct religious ceremonies), and a density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres
  • A COVID Check-In Marshal must be present

Community Facilities

  • up to 20 persons per facility

Funerals (Indoors and outdoors)

  • Permitted with a maximum of 20 people (plus those necessary to conduct the funeral/wedding)
  • Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.

Weddings (Indoors and outdoors)

  • Permitted with a maximum of 10 people (plus those necessary to conduct the funeral/wedding)
  • Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.

Work

  • If you can work from home, you should work from home
  • Office work permitted up to 25 per cent or a limit of 10 people if total workplace is 40 or less, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies

Face Coverings

  • must be carried at all times
  • must be worn indoors and outdoors by Victorians aged 12 years or over except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies
  • recommend primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, exception applies

 

FAQ – Regional Victoria

 

 

 

 

Update 08/09/21 Regional Victoria – Eased of Restrictions

Source:

Premier Statement

Table of Restrictions

Lockdown restrictions (and 5-person updated rule below) remain in place for Metropolitan Melbourne and Shepparton. From 11.59pm Thursday 9 September 2021, the following settings will apply for regional Victoria, except Shepparton.

No stay at home requirement, no 5km travel limit

Private Gathering – Not permitted, exceptions apply

Public Gathering – Max 10 people

Religious Gatherings

  • up to 20 persons per venue (excluding those required to conduct religious ceremonies), and a density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres
  • A COVID Check-In Marshal must be present

Community Facilities

  • up to 20 persons per facility

Funerals (Indoors and outdoors)

  • Permitted with a maximum of 20 people (plus those necessary to conduct the funeral/wedding)
  • Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.

Weddings (Indoors and outdoors)

  • Permitted with a maximum of 10 people (plus those necessary to conduct the funeral/wedding)
  • Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.

Work

  • If you can work from home, you should work from home
  • Office work permitted up to 25 per cent or a limit of 10 people if total workplace is 40 or less, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies

Face Coverings

  • must be carried at all times
  • must be worn indoors and outdoors by Victorians aged 12 years or over except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies
  • recommend primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, exception applies

 

FAQ – Regional Victoria

 

Update 03/09/21 Lockdown Extended Updates

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) have confirmed that due to the health and wellbeing concerns of maintaining the same 5-person team to support broadcasting and livestreaming for religious services, rotating rosters of two teams is allowed. Importantly, the two teams should always be the same five people and should not mix.

If you have a specific scenario for your church, please ring the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 and seek advice specific to your circumstances. We also recommend that you ask for a reference number for your case.

 

Update 21/08/21  Lockdown Settings

Source:

Premier Statement

Table of Restrictions

All metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – except for the curfew – will be implemented across regional Victoria from 1pm today until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No in-person gatherings permitted. Broadcast permitted with maximum five people – must be the same five people each time. This means that you can only select the same five people for the next two weeks, even across different languages/services. A permit is required for each person. 

Essential Services: Places of worship may host essential public support services, such as operating a food bank or a service for homeless persons -limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)

Reasons to leave home

Curfew (Melbourne only): From 9pm to 5am, a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons.

Private and Public Gathering: Not permitted, single bubble person permitted

Face coverings:
• must be carried at all times
• must be worn indoors and outdoors by Victorians aged 12 years or over except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies
• recommend primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or if an exception applies
• exception for food and drink limited so that face coverings can only be removed to eat and to drink non-alcoholic beverages

Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home
Authorised workplaces and workers are permitted to attend onsite work
• Authorised workers are permitted to travel to and from work even when curfew is in place
A permit is required when leaving the home for authorised work or permitted higher education

 

 

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