Private gathering restrictions and mask-wearing reinstated as Victoria records COVID cases

Find out what the restrictions mean for conferences and events.

UPDATED 26/05/21: On Wednesday, the Victorian Government recorded a number of new COVID cases, bringing the cluster to 15.

While Acting Premier James Merlino has not announced further restrictions as yet, he said the next 24 hours are “particularly critical”.

A number of COVID-safe restrictions will be in place across Greater Melbourne from 6pm Tuesday 25 May, as the City of Whittlesea outbreak increases.

From 6pm Tuesday 25 May, private gatherings in the home will be limited to five visitors per day, public gatherings will be limited to 30 people and face masks will need to be worn indoors.

Aside from the requirement to wear a mask indoors, currently there are no changes to gatherings taking place at conference and event venues where a COVID-safe plan is in place.

When given the example of a wedding with 180 people at a function centre during today’s press conference, Acting Premier James Merlino said the number of attendees doesn’t need to change.

“So they’ve got the number of people they can fit into their venue as per density quotients, they’ve got a COVID-safe plan, they’ve got QR codes, the only change they need to make … is that people when they’re not eating or drinking, they need to wear a mask,” he said.

The Acting Premier also urged all eligible Victorians to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“If you’re eligible to get vaccinated, don’t wait. Make an appointment or walk up to a vaccination site today. It’s the best way to protect yourself and your family,” he said.

Some states, including Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, have imposed restrictions on Victorian arrivals who have been in public exposure sites.

Stay up to date with the latest annoucnements from the Victorian Health Department here.

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