Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Restrictions are in place across metropolitan Melbourne, the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire.
On this page:
- Interstate travel
- VicRoads services
- Public transport advice
- Active transport advice
- Taxi and ride-share advice
- Ports and freight services
- Construction industry shutdown
In metropolitan Melbourne, you can only leave home for shopping for the things you need, care and care giving, authorised work or education, exercise for two hours per day within 5km from your home, and to get vaccinated.
A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am in metropolitan Melbourne. The only reasons to leave home during the curfew are for authorised work, urgent medical care and caregiving, or an emergency.
In regional Victoria, the five reasons to leave the home no longer apply, except for the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire. There is now no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home, other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.
The same applies when travelling from regional Victoria to metropolitan Melbourne, and you must comply with metropolitan restrictions while in Melbourne (including the curfew between 9pm and 5am).
Across the state, there is an increased enforcement presence and focus from Victoria Police, Protective Service Officers (PSOs) and Public Transport Authorised Officers across the public transport network to ensure everyone is doing the right thing. This includes monitoring of major transport hubs and interchanges to check that those travelling into regional Victoria is doing so for lawful reasons.
Anyone who is deliberately, obviously or blatantly flouting these travel restrictions faces a fine of $5452.
You can travel for work at an interstate location where this is permitted by another state.
Face masks are still be mandatory outdoors and indoors (not at home) unless an exception applies. This includes on public transport and when riding in taxis or rideshare vehicles.
Victoria’s public health team are also strongly recommending that primary school aged children, when they are not at home, also wear a mask as an extra precaution against this virus.
Visit Coronavirus Victoria for the latest information.
Arriving in Victoria
To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all residents and travellers from anywhere in Australia wishing to enter Victoria must apply for a permit.
If eligible, you can apply for a permit online or by calling 1800 675 398.
Each adult needs their own permit.
If you reach the border without a valid Victorian Border Crossing Permit, you will be turned away and face a possible fine.
Other states and territories have restrictions and conditions on residents of Victoria travelling into their state.
If you need to travel interstate, please review these restrictions to ensure you are permitted to travel before you begin your journey.
Many high volume and priority VicRoads transactions can be completed over the phone or online.
Public transport advice
To support the curfew in metropolitan Melbourne, weekend late-night public transport services will not run. A normal timetable will continue to run at other times.
To boost contact tracing effort and keep passengers safe, we've rolled out QR codes at Metro and V/Line train stations, replacement bus stops and Free Tram Zone stops. We're now installing them on every tram, train and bus so passengers can check in easily when they're travelling on the network. Learn more on the PTV website.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory on all public transport, including trains, trams, buses and ferries. Click here for more information about ferries.
We strongly urge you to register your myki so that the Department of Transport can contact you if you have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on a public transport service. It's quick and easy to register your myki now. PTV handles passenger information in line with the appropriate privacy standards and in line with the current State of Emergency Declaration. Should you require further information, please email [email protected].
Public transport service desks will not accept cash for payment to purchase or top up your myki. You must either pay online, on the phone or use contactless payment methods.
Plan your journey before you travel
Changes to buses
Bus journeys will be made safer for drivers and passengers who have to travel, with the introduction of all-door boarding over the next 18 months.
This means that passengers can enter from any door, just like on trams, helping to maintain distance from others and reduce wait times at bus stops.
To support all-door boarding, cash transactions on buses are no longer possible.
All passengers are required to travel with a valid myki.
General passenger behaviour
All Victorians are being asked to play their part to keep one another safe, including making responsible choices about using our public transport network.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory on public transport.
We encourage everyone to practise good hygiene when on public transport. Wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and avoid public transport if you’re unwell.
Keep your distance where you can and respect the clearance zone around our drivers. Spread out along the platform and keep doorways clear. When travelling on an escalator, use every fourth step and don't pass others.
Increased cleaning protocols
Public transport operators have increased cleaning measures across the train, tram and bus network.
Trains, trams and buses will have increased sanitisation on all touch points and be disinfected more often.
Services across Victoria’s public transport network will run as normal despite increased cleaning measures.
Walking and cycling
There's never been a better time to choose to walk or cycle for shorter trips.
Walking routes and journey time information are available on the PTV app.
Taxi and ride-share vehicles
When you are travelling in a taxi or ride-share service, please sit in the back seat, and wash or sanitise your hands before and after getting in the vehicle.
You must wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
There is no limit on the number of passengers, but booking service providers may choose to implement their own passenger limits. Please check with your preferred booking service provider to determine if they have introduced any limits or additional safety measures.
Drivers of taxis and ride-share services are asked to be guided by their own personal safety in conducting their duties, and to use good hygiene practices while working.
Drivers should regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in their vehicle which passengers touch, and regularly wash their own hands thoroughly with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
Drivers should also set the air-conditioning to external airflow instead of re-circulation and make hand sanitiser available for passengers.
Vehicle owners should also make available a digital record-keeping system, such as a QR code.
We’re investing $22 million to support the commercial passenger vehicle industry during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure it remains a viable option for all Victorians, now and into the future.
Further information for the commercial passenger vehicle industry and customers can be found at Commercial Passenger Vehicle Victoria.
Ports and freight
The Department is working closely with the ports, freight and logistics sector to maintain Victoria's supply chain as Victoria responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These services include ports, roads, rail, maritime, stevedoring, intermodal, transfer facilities, distribution, warehousing, freight yards, and depots.Freight and logistics are authorised workplaces and workers, and freight services can continue to operate normally throughout Victoria for business purposes. This will ensure that essential supplies get to where they need to go during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorised workplaces and workers include:
- port operations
- freight services (including postal and courier services)
- a transport, freight or logistics driver
- National Heavy Vehicle Regulator compliance activities
- truck stops and roadhouses
Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work, from 11:59pm on Tuesday August 17. The permits need to be certified by an employer. Authorised Worker Permits are available on the coronavirus website.
Roadhouses, dedicated truck stop facilities and truck-driver lounges can remain open to support the essential work of drivers of heavy vehicles.
Industry operators are asked to ensure adhere to the health and safety protocols to protect their workforces and the public.
Should you have further enquiries regarding freight and logistics, please email [email protected].
Free online course: COVID-19 Safe Practices for Freight and Delivery Drivers
We’ve developed a short online course on COVIDSafe practices for truck and delivery drivers to help industry understand Victorian Government standards when entering and travelling around the state.
The course gives drivers some practical tips about hygiene, sanitisation, and distancing to keep them safe and reassure customers in this challenging environment.
It also includes information about rest stops, planning routes and border closures.
The Victorian Government has removed truck curfews to support deliveries to Victorian pharmacies and supermarkets during the current COVID-19 restrictions.
The truck curfew exemption is in place until 11.59pm on 23 September 2021.
The Ministerial Order can be revoked before 23 September 2021 if restrictions are lifted.
The lifted truck curfews support quicker deliveries to Victorian pharmacies and supermarkets during the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Greater flexibility is required in scheduling driver deliveries outside of normal operating hours so that supermarkets and pharmacies can meet an increased demand for essential goods.
Heavy vehicles can pass time-based curfew "no trucks" signs when making grocery deliveries to supermarkets or personal hygiene products to retail outlets.
Vaccination requirements for freight workers
From 23 September, the eligibility criteria of the Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit will include one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or be booked in to receive a first dose by 7 October. This includes Victorian residents.
Evidence can be documentation from the vaccine provider of your first dose or your COVID-19 digital certificate which is accessible through your Commonwealth myGov account.
Workers will need to apply for a new permit if their current permit expires after 23 September and confirm that they have received their vaccine dose to be eligible for this permit.
Priority vaccinations for eligible freight workers
Freight workers with Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permits receive priority bookings for free COVID-19 vaccinations, even if they are not a Victorian resident.
Permit holders must call 1800 675 398 to book in at any state vaccination centre.
Freight workers from extreme risk / red zones
Permit holders that have been to an extreme risk / red zone in the past 14 days must book into a Victorian red zone clinic for their vaccination.
Red zone clinics are located at:
- Melbourne Showgrounds
- Sandown Racecourse
- Ford Campbellfield
Resources available to download:
- Road freight testing fact sheet
- Rail freight testing fact sheet
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 20 September
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 17 September
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 10 September
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 9 September
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 3 September
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 2 September
Construction industry shutdown
All government construction projects are now closed in areas currently under lockdown. This includes all construction projects in metropolitan Melbourne, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire.
Any planned disruptions such as road closures, speed reductions or the use of replacement buses that are currently in place related to the closed projects will continue. Specific details about individual projects will be available in the next couple of days.
The shutdown does not currently impact other local government areas of regional Victoria and these projects can proceed as per normal.
This measure has been taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 among construction workers following multiple outbreaks linked to construction sites.
The shutdown commenced at 11.59pm on 20 September with workers to return to sites as confirmed through health directions.
During the construction industry shutdown, limited critical maintenance will continue on public transport sites to ensure safety for workers and the travelling public.
A small number of maintenance staff will be required to perform these critical tasks during the shutdown. An exception has been put in place for these sites to enable the workers to carry out these tasks.
The only road works that can be undertaken are urgent works like fixing potholes, debris on the road, and sight line issues.
Prior to reopening, all construction sites will be required to demonstrate compliance with Chief Health Officer directions, including the requirement for workers to show evidence to their employer that they have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. COVIDSafe plans will also be required to minimise interaction in areas including tea rooms.