Last updated: 12.30pm 7 August 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
The Victorian Government has announced a number of changes to restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria.
For metropolitan Melbourne, changed restrictions will take effect from 6pm on Sunday 2 August.
From 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August, stage 3 restrictions apply in regional Victoria including Mitchell Shire.
From 11.59pm on Sunday 2 August, face coverings will also be mandatory for all of Victoria.
Please visit the www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au for details
Current park restrictions and closures
In regional Victoria, stage 3 restrictions are in place. This means you can you can leave your home for exercise or for outdoor recreation with your household, or one other person Some parks, where there is no local community who rely on the park for exercise, are closed to limit the number of people moving around in the community and reduce the risk of transmission.
Check the park page before you travel. Restrictions and closures are in place for the following parks:
- Barmah National Park
- Cathedral Range State Park
- Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
- Kinglake National Park
- Lake Albacutya Park
- Lake Eildon National Park
- Murray Sunset National Park
- Toorourrong Reservoir Park
- Wyperfeld National Park
- Bay of Islands Coastal Park
- Coliban River Scenic Reserve (Trentham Falls)
- Discovery Bay Coastal Park
- Grampians National Park
- Great Otway National Park
- Langi Ghiran State Park
- Lower Glenelg National Park , including Princess Margaret Rose Cave
- Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park
- Mount Buangor State Park
- Port Campbell National Park, including the 12 Apostles
- Serendip Sanctuary
- Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
- Alpine National Park
- Baw Baw National Park
- Buchan Caves Reserve - cave tours closed, reserve open
- Mount Buffalo National Park
- State Coal Mine - underground tours closed, site open
- Wilsons Promontory National Park
Under stage 4 restrictions, in metropolitan Melbourne you can exercise once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of your home and gathering sizes are limited to two. Check the park page before you leave home. Restrictions and closures are in place for the following parks:
- 1,000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial Walk
- Redwood Forest Warburton
- Point Nepean National Park - Fort Nepean, including underground tunnels and buildings
- St Kilda Pier - penguin viewing platform closed
- Werribee Mansion (grounds to remain open)
- Mount Donna Buang
- William Ricketts Sanctuary
- Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden - gift shop closed
Can I stay at a caravan park or camping ground?
No. Camping, including in campgrounds and bush camping, is not allowed.
Parks Victoria will contact visitors from these areas who have a campsite or accommodation booking during this period to reschedule or offer a full refund.
Can I go bushwalking?
In metropolitan Melbourne, people can leave their home for outdoor exercise within 5kms of their home once each day for up to one hour and with no more than one other person. You can leave your home to exercise in a park or forest if you live with 5kms of that park or forest and meet the requirements above.
Outdoor recreational activity is no longer permitted.
Under Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria, you can leave your home for exercise and recreation close to your home. This must be with only one other person or members of your household.
If you live close to a park or forest, you can visit that area for recreation or exercise.
Can I go fishing/boating/surfing?
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.
If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne:
- you can hunt and fish, as long as you comply with standard licencing requirements, regulations, legislation and policies.
- you can go fishing and boating with one other person or with your household, maintaining a 1.5 metre distance. You cannot enter an area in metropolitan Melbourne under Stage 4 restrictions.
- beaches are open for exercise and recreation, which includes surfing and swimming. The standard physical distancing requirements and gathering limits apply for water-based activities.
- you can go horse riding.
Can I go bike riding?
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.
If you live in Regional Victoria, you are permitted to go bike riding within Regional Victoria, providing you adhere to physical distancing requirements and ride in parks where bike riding is permitted.
Can I visit the beach?
Beaches in metropolitan Melbourne are open only for the purpose of exercise and if that beach is within a 5km radius from your home. Swimming at beaches in metropolitan Melbourne is allowed. Lifesaving clubs are closed, and Life Saving Victoria beach patrols have ceased for the season. You are only allowed to exercise outside with one other person, including members of your household.
If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne there are only four reasons to leave your home. Beaches are open and accessible for exercise and recreation which includes swimming. You are only allowed to gather with one person from outside your household in public. Physical distancing rules apply at all times. Physical distancing requirements and gathering limits apply for water-based activities.
While exercising outside you should keep 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others and avoid sharing equipment.
Can I visit the snow?
From 11:59pm, 2 August 2020 in metropolitan Melbourne no outdoor recreation is allowed.
If you live outside metropolitan Melbourne, you can visit local parks and forests for exercise and recreation.
Will volunteer activities be taking place?
Volunteering activities on the Parks Victoria estate will not take place in metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
Will school excursions be taking place?
Schools will individually manage this process for self-guided excursions and field trips, in line with guidelines from the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health and Human Services.
We ask that all educators and LTOs register their programs through ParkConnect, record all attendee details, ensure good hygiene practices, and practice physical distancing.
Will bush kinders be taking place?
Bush kinders are not running in metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
Will Junior Ranger programs be taking place?
Junior Ranger programs are not running in metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
Can I book my event on the Parks Victoria estate?
No events will be permitted in parks within metropolitan Melbourne.
Parks Victoria will be contacting people who have event and permit bookings during this period, to arrange to reschedule or issue a refund.
In Regional Victoria, bookings can take place during this period, providing the attendees are your household, or one other person. Weddings are allowed for up to 5 people (couple, two witnesses and a celebrant). You should not attend a wedding if you are feeling unwell
A permit is required to hold an event in a park, subject to park opening status and site suitability.
Can I travel with a licensed tour operator?
Licensed Tour Operators will not be permitted to operate in parks across Victoria.
Are cafes on the Parks Victoria estate open?
Café operators on the Parks Victoria estate are open for takeaway only.
Are retail outlets on the Parks Victoria estate open?
Retail outlets on the Parks Victoria estate will be closed in parks within Metropolitan Melbourne.
Retail outlets on the Parks Victoria estate within Regional Victoria will remain open for takeaway only.,
Can I use cash to pay at Parks Victoria cafes and retail centres?
Yes, however, we encourage the use of cashless payments wherever possible.
How is Parks Victoria maintaining hygiene of its assets?
Shared facilities such as playgrounds and barbecues are currently closed. Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser as soaps are not provided, and practice good hygiene.
How will you enforce physical distancing?
Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks to ensure compliance with the directions of the Chief Health Officer.
People can raise concerns about compliance with directions through the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444. Workers can raise concerns via Worksafe on 03 9641 1555. And employers can talk to their industry regulator or peak body for specific industry related support.
What are the penalties for noncompliance?
Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $4,957 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for: :
- Refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions;
- Refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction
- Refusing or failing to comply with a direction by the Chief Health Officer to provide information.
Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,0000 for businesses are possible through the court system.
For up-to-date health information, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au