4 January – Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Creative Victoria is monitoring the changing situation with regard to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria and its impacts on the creative industries and will continue to share information and updates as they come to hand.

The following information is correct as of 4 January 2021.

For the latest information about Victoria’s coronavirus response and restrictions, and relevant resources, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

State of Emergency extended

The current Declaration of State of Emergency has been extended through to 11.59pm 29 January 2021.

Update: New restrictions apply in Victoria

With new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), new restrictions are now in place to keep Victoria safe.

As of 5pm on 31 December:

  • the number of people who can visit you in your home per day has been reduced to 15 from 30 (babies under the age of 12 months are not included in the cap)
  • if you’re leaving home, wearing a mask inside is mandatory unless you’re eating or drinking.

We all need to be COVIDSafe – avoid hugging and kissing, practice good hand hygiene and if you are sick, get tested and stay home.

Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au for more information.

Update: Victorian Border Closure

As of 11.59pm 1 January 2021, Victoria’s borders to New South Wales are closed, some exemptions apply.

For more information, see the Acting Premier’s media release or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Victoria’s COVIDSafe Summer

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the further easing of restrictions in Victoria from 11.59pm on Sunday 6 December. These restrictions are expected to be in place for summer and will be reviewed regularly to ensure they reflect current public health advice.

Refer to the Summary of COVIDSafe Summer for full details. We have also put together a summary of the latest restrictions for the creative industries and Q&As, available here.

The following now applies across Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home.
  • There are also no restrictions on the distance you can travel.
  • From 5pm, 31 December 2020 masks are mandatory indoors. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask and it needs to be worn anytime you are inside apart from when you’re eating or drinking.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • Work from home if you can. If you can’t work from home, you can go to work.
  • Up to 100 people can gather in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • All businesses that are open, or that have staff on site, must have a COVIDSafe Plan.
  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria to stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victoria Government has a free QR code service.

Returning to Offices

Subject to public health advice, from 11 January 2021:

  • The private sector will move to a 50 per cent return for office workers.
  • The Victorian public service will commence a 25 per cent return to the office, moving up to 50 per cent on 8 February 2021.

Industry Restart Guidelines

With the latest easing of restrictions, more Victorian creative organisations, businesses and venues can reopen and return to work. It is important for businesses and employers to understand their obligations and how to keep their workers, artists, audiences, patrons and the wider community safe.

Industry Restart Guidelines have been updated to reflect the latest easing of restrictions for CovidSafe Summer. The guidelines covering Museums and Galleries, and Indoor Entertainment Venues (including cinemas, performing arts and music venues) and Outdoor Entertainment Attractions and Experiences are available to download from the Arts and entertainment Services page on the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.

Creative venues, museums and galleries with a retail or hospitality space should consult the relevant industry guidelines. Set building for theatre, film and television must adhere to construction sector guidelines.

COVIDSafe signage and resources for your workplaces

As Victoria continues to open up and return to business, it’s vital that venues and workplaces are COVIDSafe. The Victorian Government has created a collection of templates, questionnaires, signage and other resources to assist. Download and display these resources in your workplace and on your social media, visit the Victorian Government coronavirus site.

Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces

Every Victorian workplace that is open must adhere to the following six principles to ensure a COVIDSafe workplace:

  • Ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Wear a face mask
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
  • Avoid interactions in close spaces
  • Create workforce bubble

Read more on these principles.

All businesses and workplaces must have a COVIDSafe Plan for on site operations.

COVIDSafe Plan

Every Victorian business or workplace that is open, or has staff on site, must have a COVIDSafe Plan. This will help you protect your workers, customers and visitors.

Your COVIDSafe Plan will detail the actions you will take to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace.

Victorian Government Authorised Officers are closely monitoring and inspecting businesses to ensure they are following their COVIDSafe Plans. There are significant penalties, including fines and prohibition notices, for businesses that fail to follow these directions.

For information on developing a COVIDSafe Plan and what is required, including templates, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website

Government support

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have announced various economic support measures to help individuals, businesses and organisations that have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

To date, the Victorian Government has announced more than $100 million in dedicated support to help the state’s creative sector through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This targeted funding has complemented broader Victorian Government initiatives including Business Victoria programs which have provided vital support to impacted businesses, including in the creative industries; and the Working for Victoria scheme which is helping those who are out of work to secure alternative employment during this time.

Visit the grants and support section of our website for current Creative Victoria funding opportunities. We also encourage you to subscribe to Creative Victoria’s eNews and follow us on social media to keep up to date with grants and other opportunities relevant to Victoria’s creative industries.

Given the extraordinary circumstances, Creative Victoria is also being as flexible as possible with reporting requirements for previously funded activity and with changes to projects, programs and timelines.

We have summarised various government and other support programs that are relevant to the creative industries on our Coronavirus and the Creative Industries sub-site.

Read more about the Commonwealth Government support.

Staying healthy and safe

As restrictions ease it is more important than ever that we take steps every day to keep ourselves and others healthy and safe.

Things to remember to stay healthy and reduce transmission:

  • Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
  • From 5pm, 31 December masks are mandatory indoors. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask and it needs to be worn anytime you are inside apart from when you’re eating or drinking.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • If you feel unwell stay at home and do not go to work.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately and stay home.
  • If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for your test result or you have tested positive and need to self-isolate you may be eligible for a worker support payment.
  • If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.

For more information visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Advice for Creative Victoria funding recipients and applicants

We understand that many plans have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and this is an anxious and uncertain time. We are being as flexible as possible with our grant recipients both with grant variations and reporting. Please get in touch to discuss.

Please call your Creative Victoria program manager if your funded activity or funding application is impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and the public health measures in place, or you have any concerns.

Due to changing circumstances, there may be changes to some of our funding programs. Visit our grants pages for details, or keep informed by subscribing to Creative Victoria eNews.

Further information and resources


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