More information about restrictions is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.    

Permitted activities within metropolitan Melbourne are different from the rest of Victoria. This includes permitted activities on public land, and the responsibilities of public land managers in implementing revised directions:  

Metropolitan Melbourne  

From 6:00pm on 2 August, Stage 4 restrictions are in place across metropolitan Melbourne.

From 8:00pm Sunday 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, a curfew is in place between 8:00pm and 5:00am.  

Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave your house for one of the following four reasons:

  1. To purchase food and necessary supplies. This must be done within a 5km radius from where you live. Only 1 person per household can leave for essential goods, and only once per day. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you
  2. Exercise once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of your home. Gathering sizes will be limited to 2. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you
  3. For care and health care including accompanying someone for essential medical care if you are a carer, guardian or necessary support person. The 5km limit does not apply to care or caregiving
  4. Work. Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely. The 5km limit does not apply to work

Regional Victoria  

Stage 3 restrictions will be in place from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August for Regional Victoria. This includes all local government areas outside metropolitan Melbourne, including Mitchell Shire.  

There are 4 reasons that you can leave home:

  1. Shopping for food or other essential items
  2. To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  3. For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household) close to your home.
  4. Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

Every Victorian in these areas must play their part. By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Face Coverings

From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August, everyone in Victoria aged 12 years and over must wear a face covering whenever you leave your home, unless a lawful exception applies.

For detailed information on face covering requirements, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Metropolitan Melbourne - What has changed?

Restrictions have changed for Victoria.  

  • Metropolitan Melbourne is under Stage 4 restrictions.  
  • The rest of Victoria is under Stage 3 restrictions.

From 8:00pm Sunday 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, a curfew is in place between 8:00pm and 5:00am each night.  The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medical care and caregiving.

More information is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Which council areas are in metropolitan Melbourne and under Stage 4 restrictions?

Metropolitan Melbourne is under Stage 4 restrictions. This covers the local government areas of Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra and Yarra Ranges.

Can I visit public land for exercise?

Yes, if you live within 5kms of that public land.  

From 11:59 pm on 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, you can leave your home to exercise outdoors in a public space, either alone or with one other person from within or outside your household.   This includes walking, running, hiking, bike riding and other types of exercise such as yoga in the park.

From 8:00pm Sunday 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, a curfew is in place between 8:00pm and 5:00am each night.

If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you. While exercising with people outside your household, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. You must use common sense and consideration when it comes to these activities.

If you visit local public land for exercise:

  • Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • You are only allowed to exercise with one other person.
  • Check that the park is open before travelling.
  • Toilet facilities will be closed.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and be mindful of others.
  • You can only exercise once each day, for up to one hour each day.
  • You must be within a 5km radius of your home.

Can I visit public land for recreation?

No. From 11:59pm, 2 August 2020 in metropolitan Melbourne no outdoor recreation is allowed. This includes but is not limited to golf, fishing, recreational boating, personal watercraft, camping, caravanning, trail bike riding, hunting, recreational driving and recreational flying.  

Are playgrounds, outside gyms and skate parks open?

No. Outdoor play equipment, including playgrounds, outside gyms and skate parks are closed across metropolitan Melbourne. These facilities represent a risk of COVID-19 transmission because of the numbers of people using them, the inability to control access and the lack of regular cleaning and disinfection.

Can I use outdoor recreation facilities?

No. From 11:59pm 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, outdoor sport facilities are closed.

Can I use facilities such as barbecues, picnic tables and public water fountains?

No. Communal facilities cannot be used across metropolitan Melbourne.

Can I use outdoor barbecues?

No. Outdoor barbecues are closed for use.

Are toilets on public land opened?

No. From 11:59pm 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, toilets on public land are closed.

Can I play golf?

No. Golf courses in metropolitan Melbourne must close from 11:59pm 2 August 2020.  

I live in Melbourne. Can I go to the beach?

Yes, only for the purpose of exercise and if you live within a 5km radius of that beach.  

You are only allowed to exercise outside with one other person.  

From 8:00pm Sunday 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, a curfew is in place between 8:00pm and 5:00am each night.

Swimming at beaches in metropolitan Melbourne is allowed. Lifesaving clubs are closed, and Life Saving Victoria beach patrols have ceased for the season.

If you visit beaches in metropolitan Melbourne, you should use common sense and consideration.

  • Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and be mindful of others

Is recreational boating permitted within the Stage 4 restricted areas?

No. From 11:59pm on 2 August 2020, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you cannot leave home for recreational boating.

Check the Better Boating Victoria website for further information on boating

Can I go hunting or fishing?

No. From 11:59pm on 2 August 2020, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you cannot leave home to go hunting or fishing.

Can I go camping or stay at a caravan park?

No. From 11:59pm on 2 August 2020, you are not permitted to leave home for the purposes of a holiday.  

Travel from restricted areas within metropolitan Melbourne to areas elsewhere in Victoria is not permitted.

If you are on holidays before 11:59pm on 2 August 2020, you may continue that holiday. Camping grounds and caravan parks are not permitted to remain open, except for a limited range of occupants:

  • People who live there permanently
  • People without a permanent place of residence
  • People whose permanent place of residence is temporarily unavailable
  • People who have travelled to Victoria for work
  • People who were already staying there temporarily at the time the restrictions came into force
  • People who need emergency accommodation as a result of family violence or other threat
  • People who require accommodation for work, where their work is helping to limit the spread of coronavirus.
  • Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for more information.

Can I visit local parks and gardens?

Yes. From 11:59pm on 2 August, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you can leave home for permitted outdoor exercise within a 5km radius of your home with no more than one other person.

From 8:00pm Sunday 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, a curfew is in place between 8:00pm and 5:00am each night.

You cannot leave metropolitan Melbourne for exercise activities.  

If you visit local public land for exercise :

  • Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • You are only allowed to exercise with one other person
  • Check that the park is open before travelling.
  • Toilet facilities will be closed.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and be mindful of others.

Are Parks Victoria’s parks open?

Sites managed by Parks Victoria within the metropolitan Melbourne remain open only for exercise within a 5km radius of your home with no more than one other person.

From 8:00pm Sunday 2 August in metropolitan Melbourne, a curfew is in place between 8:00pm and 5:00am each night.

You cannot leave metropolitan Melbourne for exercise activities.  

If you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and you visit parks managed by Parks Victoria for exercise:

  • Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • You are only allowed to exercise with one other person or members of your household.
  • Check that the park is open before travelling.
  • Toilet facilities will be closed.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and be mindful of others.

Check Parks Victoria’s website for changed conditions before you leave home.

I live outside metropolitan Melbourne. Can I travel into this area to use public land?

No. If you don’t live in metropolitan Melbourne, you cannot travel to these areas to exercise. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you cannot travel out of this area to exercise.

Page last updated: 04/08/20