What are the new rules as restrictions ease in Victoria?

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As Victoria approaches the milestone of 90 per cent of people aged over 12 fully vaccinated, restrictions are easing again.

Premier Daniel Andrews said it was expected the state would reach that figure on either Saturday or Sunday, but the changes will be effective tonight.

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced changes to Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions.Credit:Scott McNaughton

Here’s a complete list of all the new rules that will apply from 11.59pm on Thursday. We’ll be updating it, so please check back regularly.


Good news for sports fans – the Boxing Day test and Australian Open will operate at capacity. All indoor and outdoor events with fewer than 30,000 fully vaccinated attendees can go ahead without restrictions, while outdoor events with more than 30,000 people attending have to publish a COVIDSafe plan.


Masks will still be required for primary school staff and visitors and students in years 3-6, for hospitality workers, and workers and customers at indoor retail.

Masks will also need to be worn in health care, aged care and justice facilities, and in rideshare vehicle, taxis or on public transport.

As long as the state doesn’t see a jump in hospitalisations, masks will no longer be required in retail settings from December 15.

High-risk workplaces such as corrections, or meat, poultry and seafood processing facilities will still need to wear masks.

Private events

There is no limit on the number of guests you can have to your home or see in a public place, although the recommendation is that everyone is fully vaccinated.

Density limits and mask restrictions will remain for weddings, funerals and places of worship if vaccine status is not being checked.

Isolation rules

From 11.59pm on Thursday night the majority of people who come into contact with a confirmed positive case outside their home won’t have to self-quarantine. Instead, those contacts will have to get a PCR test and isolate until they get a negative result.

That means if you are exposed to a case in an office, restaurant or bar you won’t automatically have to quarantine, although the Health Department can still impose quarantine periods on a case-by-case basis if it is considered necessary.

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