Current as of May 2, 2022

Latest close contact and isolation rules

You are considered a household or close contact if you:

  • Live in the same house as someone who tests positive

  • Spent 4 hours or longer with someone in a home, or health or aged care environment.

The household/close contact period is seven days and you do not need to quarantine during this time. However, you must:

  • Test negative using a rapid antigen test on 5 days of the 7-day period (with tests spaced at least 24 hours apart)

  • Wear a mask indoors when outside your home

  • Do not visit hospitals or care facilities

  • Notify your employer or education facility

If you do not follow these steps, you must quarantine for the seven-day period – and you are required to get tested on day one and day six,

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you must report your result and isolate for seven days. Visit Reporting your result page for more information.

For more in-depth information regarding COVID-19 close contact rules and instructions, head over to the official VIC government COVID-19 website here.

The following changes to Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions will come into effect from 11:59pm, Friday April 22:

  • Patrons not required to be double vaccinated or show vaccination status before entering any venue.

  • Requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app will end. Operators not required to keep attendance records or maintain a check-in marshal.

  • Face masks no longer required for primary schools, early childhood, hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size.

  • All visitor restrictions in hospitals removed except for mask requirements.

  • Events with more than 30,000 people will no longer require public health pre-approval.

  • International travellers with no symptoms recommended but not required to get a PCR test or RAT upon arrival. Unvaccinated travellers will no longer complete 7 days of quarantine. Pre-departure tests for unvaccinated aircrew lifted.

  • People are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks if they've had COVID-19.

  • Individuals required to notify their workplace contacts and social contacts. Workplaces won't have to individually identify and notify each potentially exposed worker.

The Victorian government will ease up existing face mask mandates. From Friday, 11.59pm February 25, 2022, face masks will only be required for:

  • People on public transport, in taxis and rideshare, on planes, and indoors at an airport.

  • People working or visiting hospitals, and indoor areas at care facilities.

  • Workers in hospitality, retail and the court system.

  • Workers at justice and correctional facilities.

  • Students in year 3 or above at primary school, and workers at early childhood centres and primary schools (masks can be removed in secondary school).

  • People working indoors at an event with more than 30,000 people attending.

  • In special circumstances, such as if you have Covid-19 or are a close contact and leaving home.

The public health recommendation for people to work or study from home will also be removed, allowing more people to return to offices and universities.

Victorian government eases some restrictions 18 February

The Victorian government has announced an easing of the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

From 6pm 18 February, density limits will be removed at hospitality venues, and QR check-ins will no longer be required in retail settings, schools, and many workplaces.

Surveillance testing in schools will continue, with more free rapid antigen tests to be distributed to students.

Indoor dancefloors will be allowed to reopen and surveillance testing requirements in industries such as meat processing will no longer be mandatory, but will be recommended.

International arrivals will no longer need to obtain a permit, and the hotel quarantine period for unvaccinated travellers will be reduced from 14 days to seven days.

Vaccination requirements

Many venues can only open for people (including workers) who are fully vaccinated or excepted. Fully vaccinated means someone who:

  • has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or

  • has a valid medical exemption.

Vaccination requirements apply to everyone aged 18 years or over, unless you have a valid medical exemption from an authorised medical practitioner. People under the age of 18 years are considered fully vaccinated.

Worker vaccine mandates

The following workers will be required to get a third dose of the vaccine before being able to return to work onsite:

  • Health care

  • Residential aged care facility workers

  • Disability care

  • Custodial workers

  • Emergency services

  • Correctional facilities

  • Quarantine accommodation

  • Food distribution

  • Meat and seafood processing

  • Education workers

The following workers and industries (including contractors, volunteers, and students on placement) are required to show evidence of receiving two vaccination doses to their employer in order to work:

  • Accommodation workers

  • Agriculture and forestry workers

  • Airport workers

  • Ancillary, support and welfare services workers

  • Authorised Officers

  • Care facility workers

  • Community workers

  • Creative arts workers

  • Custodial workers

  • Emergency service workers

  • Entertainment and function workers

  • Funeral workers

  • Healthcare workers

  • Higher education workers

  • Justice Service Centre workers and honorary justices

  • Manufacturing workers

  • Marriage celebrants

  • Meat and seafood processing workers

  • Media and film production workers

  • Mining workers

  • Physical recreation workers

  • Port and freight workers

  • Professional sports, high-performance sports or racing person

  • Professional services workers

  • Public sector employees

  • Real estate workers

  • Religious workers

  • Repair and maintenance workers

  • Retail workers (including workers at food & drink facilities; licensed premises)

  • Science and technology workers

  • Social and Community Workers

  • Transport workers

  • Utility or urban workers

  • Workers in residential aged care facilities

  • Workers at construction sites

  • Workers at school, childcare and early education services including outside school hours care services

  • Veterinary and pet/animal care workers

For a more comprehensive breakdown of what's required for each business sector, head over to the Victoria Government website.

Rapid antigen testing in Victoria

If you have symptoms or you are a contact of someone who has COVID-19, you are encouraged to use a rapid antigen test as your first option.

If you have symptoms or you are a household or household-like contact who must get tested, and you can't access a rapid antigen test, you can get a PCR test.

You can use a rapid antigen test if you want to quickly check if you may have COVID-19, for example, before attending a crowded event, social gathering or visiting vulnerable people. Rapid antigen tests may also be used as part of an established surveillance program such as one organised by your school or your employer.

If you are having difficulty obtaining rapid antigen test kits, you might like to try

At-home testing and reporting

Rapid antigen tests can be done at home by yourself. Most will provide you with a result in 15 to 30 minutes.

If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, you are a case and do not need to confirm the result with a PCR test. You must isolate for 7 days and follow the checklist for cases, and report your positive test to the health department on 1800 675 398 or online.

For more information:

How to report a positive result on a rapid antigen test

Further information:

  • You can reduce risks by maintaining 1.5 metre distance from others where possible, using hand sanitiser and practiing good hygiene.

  • Ventilation and air filtration helps. Consider opening windows to let the fresh air blow through or catching up with friends outside.

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been advised to get tested by a contact, workplace or school, get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you get a negative result.

  • If you have COVID-19, or you are a household contact, you need to quarantine. If your symptoms get rapidly worse, please seek help. Visit the hospital if it’s an emergency. See Your COVID Checklist for what to do.

  • Remember to check in everywhere every time using the Service Victoria app.

  • Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’re at a much higher risk of going to hospital. Book an appointment today.

Get your booster vaccination as soon as you are eligible.

Additional information:

  • Latest advice for travel in and out of Victoria can be found here.

  • Frequently asked questions about Omicron.

Stay up to date: Victoria State Government Health and Human Services.

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