Acting Premier James Merlino has announced that some easing of restrictions will come into play at 6pm on Friday 26 March.
For the music sector this means:
- All venues and creative arts facilities are required to use electronic record keeping through the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system for electronic record keeping (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty)
- Nightclubs and dancefloors can operate at a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm (no max patron limit)
- Seated venues can operate at 75% of seated capacity (max 1000 patrons)
- Non seated venues can operate at a density quotient of 1 per 2qm up to 75% capacity (max 1000)
- Arrangements for capacity over 1000 are determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework. Venues with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
While there are some things to celebrate here, like the alleviation of dancefloor-specific quotients, we realise there are significant issues still to be addressed. For most non-seated venues the increase to 75% capacity is meaningless so long as the 1 per 2sqm density quotient remains in place.
For the full story on the statewide changes to restrictions, click here.
MPMN would like to thank Music Victoria for this update.