Restrictions in Victoria and what they mean for your business

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After enduring what has been the longest lockdown in the world, Melbourne and Victoria as a whole, have finally been given some notice of reprieve to the current stay at home restrictions.  

As it stands, Metro Melbourne will begin to welcome up to 50 fully vaccinated patrons back into venues for seated outdoor dining from October 26, or when the Victorian population hits 70% double vaccination. In this scenario density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres also need to be considered as well as group limits of 10.

From this date, fully vaccinated Metro Melbournians will also be permitted to gather outdoors in groups of 10 for social activities including picnics.


Regional Victorian restaurants and cafés have been slightly luckier to avoid the high positive case numbers that Metro have seen and are currently open with a maximum of 10 patrons seated indoors and 30 patrons outdoors. A density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres applies. 

In line with the dates and vaccine targets of Metro Melbourne, once the 70% double vaccination markers are met, Regional Victoria will be able to welcome 30 fully vaccinated patrons indoors with a 1 person per 4sqm density limit, and 100 fully vaccinated patrons outdoors at 1 person per 2sqm.

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The next target is for the state of Victoria to hit the 80% double vaccination rate, estimated in the first week of November. This step will see both Metro and Regional residents come together under the same rules. This is going to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to open with up-to 150 fully vaccinated people seated inside and 500 seated outdoors. This will also allow vaccinated residents to travel freely between metro and regional areas, and will be permitted to use accommodation, which will absolutely mean a boom to business on all accounts. People are so very eager to get out and about!

Looking at the roadmap out of lockdown set by the Victorian Government, we can see that an outdoor lifestyle is the way forward, in a business and social capacity. With more than double the volume of seated patrons being allowed outdoors, it’s clearly a direction that we need to be moving towards. There is still time to arrange your outdoor space so when the targets are met you are ready to welcome patrons back to your establishment and start building on revenue, after many months of being restricted to just offering take away.

We are ready and equipped to help you get your outdoor dining space prepared for the re-opening of Victoria, with our design and install team fortunately able to continue working with our COVIDsafe plans in place during the current restrictions.