From 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September, the Victorian Government has announced changes to restrictions in Melbourne. 

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September, the Victorian Government has announced changes to restrictions in regional Victoria. 

Face coverings remain mandatory for all of Victoria. 

For metropolitan Melbourne, restrictions remain that limit gatherings to 2 people or a household that can meet outdoors for two hours maximum. 

In Regional Victoria, up to 10 people can meet outdoors for outdoor exercise, recreation and social interaction (infants < 12 months are not included in the cap). 

This means Licenced Tour Operators based in Regional Victoria and operating in parks in Regional Victoria may recommence tour activities. 

For metropolitan Melbourne, restrictions remain in place that limit gatherings to 2 people or a household that can meet outdoors for two hours maximum. This means Licenced Tour Operators cannot operate on Parks Victoria managed land within the metropolitan Melbourne area while the restrictions are in place. 

Please note that LTOs living in Melbourne may not cross into Regional Victoria to operate, and regionally based LTOs may not travel into Melbourne. 

Please familiarise yourself with the latest information at: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au  

Parks Victoria has also closed some popular visitor sites for public safety. You can find the most up-to-date list of closed areas on our website at: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/covid-19-update 

Physical distancing directions remain in parks that are open. Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser as soaps are not provided, wear masks, and practice good hygiene.   

All Victorians should stay safe by washing your hands, keeping your distance from others and staying home if you feel unwell. 

What are the penalties for not following the restrictions?

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $4,957 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for: 

  • Refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions;  
  • Refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction 
  • Refusing or failing to comply with a direction by the Chief Health Officer to provide information.

Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,0000 for businesses are possible through the court system.

Conditions in parks can change quickly. Please always check Parks Victoria’s website www.parks.vic.gov.au and the change of conditions and closures page before visiting parks.  

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