We have compiled a quick link reference guide for this long weekend, and the coming weeks as some Victorians may be confused about what they can and can’t currently do in the outdoors.
For up-to-date information, it’s always best to check with the Department of Health and Human Services DHH’s Victorian Restriction Level page first.
- Make sure if you are planning to stay at a campground or Caravan park that you call ahead first and ask about facilities such as barbecue availability and toilets. It is up the discretion of managers and owners whether they make these facilities available.
For Sport and exercise specific updates
From 11:59pm on 31 May
- Up to 20 people can participate in outdoor group sport and exercise activities, provided you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.
- Public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks are now open .
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be opened to a maximum of 20 patrons per separate enclosed space and a limit of 3 persons per lane in each pool.
For Travel specific information
From 11:59pm on 31 May:
- You will be able to stay in a holiday home or private residence
- You will be also able to stay in tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds, where there are no shared communal facilities (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms)
- Tourist accommodation can open to guests provided there are no shared communal facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms
Thinking of visiting parks this long weekend?
Practical tips to get the most out of your visit
4 June 2020: Victorians are being asked to plan ahead, be prepared and stay safe if they are planning to visit parks over the long weekend.
- While most of Victoria’s parks and reserves are open, physical distancing directions remain in place.
Practical tips for visiting parks this weekend:
- Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
- Do not gather in groups of more than 20 people
- Check that the park is open before travelling
- Avoid parks that are usually busy on a weekend
- Bring your own hand sanitiser
- If a car park is full, no more people can visit that site. Do not join vehicle queues or park illegally – instead go to an alternative destination
- Stay safe – do not jump barriers or railings to access areas that are prohibited
- Be prepared for cold weather and take safety precautions in areas where there is snow
- If you are using BBQ facilities make sure you clean them before and after each use
Under the direction of the Chief Health Officer, Parks Victoria can be required to close certain sites for public safety due to concerns over physical distancing.
From Friday 5 June, Parks Victoria will close the 1,000 Steps and Redwood Forest due to physical distancing concerns until 11.59pm on Sunday 21 June. Despite interventions by Parks Victoria and Victoria Police to manage physical distancing, vehicle traffic and public safety concerns at these two sites, visitation has continued to be unprecedented necessitating the need to close.
A small number of sites remain closed, or have restrictions in place, so visitors are encouraged to check the Parks Victoria website for the latest information about restrictions and closures: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19
Communal areas, in Victoria’s National Parks, such as shared bathrooms and kitchens, remain closed as they may increase the potential risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.