Melbourne concert halls eased restrictions amid Sydney lockdown

Victoria announced a further easing of restrictions on live music in Melbourne after the state’s instant lockdown in May.

Starting at midnight on Thursday, July 8, restrictions in the Melbourne metropolis have been aligned with the regional region of Victoria, with non-seated indoor concert halls being able to cost one person per 2m² of density limits with maximum capacity of 300, provided that a COVID Marshall is located on site.

Dance floors are also back on the agenda, with a limit of 50 people allowed at any time under the supervision of a COVID Marshall.

Outdoor sites without seating are also authorized to accommodate up to 1,000 people with a density quota of one person per 2 m². This grows to one person per 4 m² if a COVID Marshall is not present.

Meanwhile, the number of spectators increased at other public events, with outdoor stadiums accommodating 75% with a capacity of up to 40,000 people and indoor stadiums 75% up to 7,500, while theaters are limited to a maximum of 2,000 spectators at any one time.

Masks are mandatory in indoor public places unless exemptions apply, with the next round of state restrictions to be relaxed within 14 days subject to epidemiological assessment.

Minister of State for Health Martin Foley welcomed the recent changes and warned Victorians to remain vigilant in the face of the worsening COVID situation in Sydney.

“[These] the changes show how far we’ve come – thanks to the hard work of all Victorians we are able to put the same parameters in place statewide again, ”said Foley.

“We are seeing across the country how quickly the Delta strain is changing – which is why we must remain vigilant and follow directions to protect the gains we have made.”

While the easing restrictions will certainly serve as a respite for beleaguered Melbourne concert halls, various parties have protested the deceptive nature of the state’s density quotient rules for indoor venues without seating in the past.

In April, Music Victoria challenged the state government’s announcement that Victorian venues would be allowed to return to 100% of full capacity, with the one-person-for-2-square-meter rule meaning that most venues cannot operate at only 30% of their capacity, which could lead to a drop of 75%. in income.

Representatives of Save Our Scene have been contacted to provide further clarification on the effectiveness of the new restrictions in light of the imposed 2 m² density quota.

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