Vaccination and face mask requirements updated

COVID-19 restrictions were updated to ensure Victorians enjoy more freedoms this festive season.

As of 11.59pm, Wednesday 15 December:

  • The mandatory vaccination requirement will be removed for all customers in retail, except hair and beauty services, and will also be removed in real estate, places of worship, weddings and funerals. Face masks will be still required for customers and workers in retail settings.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs are still only open to fully vaccinated patrons and staff. Workers are required to wear face masks.
  • People under 18 will no longer be required to show proof of their vaccination status at all venues, including hospitality.
    Face masks no longer need to be worn at weddings, funerals or ceremonial settings. If these events are held at places of worship, there will not be any vaccination requirements or limits on participants, nor any requirement to check vaccination status. If the ceremony is at a hospitality setting, vaccine requirements will apply.
  • Workplaces exposed to a positive COVID-19 case will no longer need to be deep cleaned.
  • Tour and transport operators, gyms and creative arts premises will not need to clean equipment between users.
  • Workplaces still need to maintain a COVIDSafe Plan.

All Victorians who are eligible for a booster are urged to book an appointment as soon as possible. COVID-19 booster doses are recommended for anyone aged 18 and over who had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine five or more months ago. You can get a COVID-19 booster dose from a GP or pharmacy, or a Victorian vaccination centre.