New COVID rules for venues 18 Feb 2021

The RHSV again will be open to members, friends and the public from Thursday 18th of February.

The RHSV has just received this email from Andrew Abbot, Chief Executive of Creative Victoria, with updates to the COVID restrictions that come into force tonight.

In summary:

  • Firstly, the lockdown has lifted. However masks still must be worn indoors and outside where 1.5m distancing is not possible.
  • Secondly, the density quotient which used to be 1 per 4sqm has halved to a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm only if you are using electronic record collection. If you are not using electronic record keeping a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm still applies.

If you want to know more about the Victorian Government’s free electronic record collection (this is using QR codes to collect names, contact details,dates & times) please go to this website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-government-qr-code-service

 

From: Andrew R Abbott (DJPR) [mailto:Andrew.Abbott@ecodev.vic.gov.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 17 February 2021 2:35 PM

Subject: Premier’s announcement and COVID-19 restriction changes

Dear creative colleagues,

As you will be aware, this morning the Premier announced that from 11:59pm tonight the state-wide circuit breaker actions will no longer be in place. There will be no restrictions on the reasons to leave your home and the 5km restriction will no longer apply. Masks must be worn indoors and outside where 1.5m distancing is not possible. Read the Premier’s media statement, here.

New restrictions will now apply to creative venues from midnight tonight, these are listed in the following table and copied below: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-02/210217%20-%20Full%20list%20of%20restrictions.pdf

  • Seated entertainment venues (indoors and outdoors): Open, for indoor spaces the patron cap is 50% of seated capacity for a maximum of 300 per space. Over 300 patrons must operate under the Public Events Framework. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm in foyers, bars, bathrooms etc when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies. Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • For outdoor spaces the patron cap is 75% of seated capacity. Arrangements for capacity over 1000 are determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework.
  • Cinemas: 50% of seated capacity to a maximum of 300 per indoor space. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm for foyers, bars, bathrooms etc when using electronic record keeping, otherwise density quotient of 1 per 4sqm.
  • Indoor non-seated venues (such as galleries): Open, up to 50% total capacity with maximum patron cap of 300 people per space. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies. Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Over 300 patrons must operate under the Public Events Framework.
  • Creative arts facilities (eg studios and rehearsal spaces): No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping.
  • Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (live museums): Open, patron cap is 75% of occupancy limit. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies. Group limits removed. Indoor spaces at outdoor venues open, subject to restrictions relevant to the space (eg hospitality or retail). Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Venues over 1000 must operate under the Public Events Framework.
  • Drive in cinemas: Open, in areas outside of vehicles density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies. Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Community venues and facilities including libraries and toy libraries: No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping. If not using electronic record keeping a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies.

We will share further updates as they become available.

Kind regards,

Andrew

Andrew Abbott

Deputy Secretary | Creative, Sport and Visitor Economy

Chief Executive | Creative Victoria

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Level 31, 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3000

T: +613 8683 3101 | M: 0401 712 953   | E: andrew.abbott@ecodev.vic.gov.au
EA: Carolyn Edwards | M: 0400 111 934 | carolyn.edwards@creative.vic.gov.au