Can my business still operate?

In addition to the Stage 1 restrictions listed below, additional prohibited activities and venues to apply from 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020 are as follows:

Business, premises or place Exceptions
Food and drink
Cafes Takeaway service and home delivery

Cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless, workplace canteens can provide takeaway

Food courts Delivery and takeaway can remain operational
Auction houses
Real estate auctions and open house inspections Private appointments for inspection
Outdoor and indoor markets will be a decision for each state and territory Food markets will continue to operate in all states and territories
Beauty and personal care services
Hairdressers and barber shops 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies in the premises
Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours
Spas and massage parlours
Entertainment venues
Cinemas, nightclubs
Casinos, gaming or gambling venues
Strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues
Concert venues, theatre, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed
Amusement parks and arcades
Play centres (indoor and outdoor)
Leisure and recreation
Community and recreation centres Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.
Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres
Boot camps, personal training operating outside and inside For outside events, limited to groups of no more than 10 people and social distancing must be exercised.
Social sporting-based activities
Swimming pools
Residential facilities
Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses will be a decision for each state and territory Excluding permanent residents and workers.


Outdoor recreation
Caravan and camping parks will be a decision for each state and territory Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.
Non-residential institutions
Galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites
Libraries, community centres, and youth centres
Local government non-essential facilities and services (such as libraries and pools)
Community facilities (such as community halls, clubs, RSLs, PCYCs);
Places of worship, weddings and funerals Weddings with a maximum attendance of no more than 5 people and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies.

Funerals attended by a maximum of no more than 10 people and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies. States and Territories can provide exemptions.


In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has implement a shutdown or restriction of non-essential activity across our state to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Stage 1 of the shutdown took place effective midday 23 March 2020.

In this instance, non-essential businesses which must shutdown are defined as a:

  • pub, bar, club or nightclub except for bottle shops
  • a hotel, whether licensed or unlicensed, except for accommodation, takeaway meals or a meal delivery service
  • gym
  • indoor sporting venue
  • casino
  • entertainment venue
  • restaurant or café, except for takeaway meals or a meal delivery service
  • place of worship, other than for the purposes of a wedding or funeral that otherwise complies with density restrictions

All other businesses will remain unimpacted under the current requirements.

More information is available on the Victorian Government website

This web page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check back regularly to stay up-to-date with the latest advice for your business.