COVID-19 restriction release roadmap


We welcome the great news that many community facilities will be allowed to reopen following the State Government’s gradual easing of public restrictions during the COVID-19 period.

Get an estimate of when restrictions will be lifted on a range of venues, services and activities around Yarra Ranges. 

Please visit for the most up-to-date information

This information is based on State Government advice. Not all facilities will be in a position to re-open in line with the timeframes released by the State Government. Please keep an eye out for separate updates from Yarra Ranges Council detailing upcoming facility openings.

Stage 1 - May

  • 5 visitors at home in addition to normal residents
  • Auctions/open homes can have gatherings of up to 10
  • Small gatherings of up to 10 people at some indoor facilities
  • Funerals may have up to  20 mourners indoors and  30 outdoors
  • Religious gatherings may have up to 10 attendees
  • Weddings may have up to 10 guests
  • Support visits to care facilities of up to two for 2 hours
  • National parks open
  • Training for up to 10 persons for noncontact sports allowed, with restrictions
  • Community centres, outdoor gyms, playgrounds and skate parks reopen (from 26 May 2020).

Stage 2 - 1 June

  • Holiday homes and tourist accommodation including caravan parks and camping group reopen
  • All accommodation areas open and allow gatherings of up to  20 people
  • Weddings may have up to  20 guests
  • Funerals may have up to  50 mourners
  • Religious gatherings may have up to 20 attendees
  • Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, massage therapy venues and tattoo parlours can open with up to 20 clients
  • Allow local and regional travel  for recreation
  • Galleries, museums, zoos may have up to 20 patrons
  • Schools to gradually resume classroom learning
  • Hostels and hotels are open for accommodation to the public
  • Universities/technical colleges to increase face-to-face where possible and prioritise hands-on, skills based learning
  • Auctions/open homes can have gatherings of up to 20
  • Cafes and restaurants can seat up to 20 patrons
  • Pools open with restrictions
  • Non-work gatherings of up to  20 people
  • Market stalls open with 4m2 restrictions to indoor markets

Stages reviewed every 3 weeks based on local COVID-19 conditions

Stage 3 - 22 June - Revised

  • Private gatherings are reduced to 5 visitors (in addition to normal residents of a household)
  • Public gatherings (indoor and outdoor) reduced to 10 people
  • Funerals and religious gatherings of up to 20 people
  • Weddings of up to 20 people
  • All indoor sporting and exercise venues allowed to operate with up to 20 people, maximum of 10 people gathered for one activity
  • Cafes, restaurants can seat up to 20 patrons, with appropriate distancing
  • Movie theatres, concert venues, stadiums, galleries, museums, zoos may have up to 20 patrons
  • Nightclubs and bars will reopen for up to 20 seated patrons, dance floors remain closed
  • Consideration will be given to opening Council facilities to the public
  • Food court seating and dining remains closed

Stage 4 - TBC

Further easing of restrictions will be based on medical expert and state government advice.

Please keep yourself and others safe

  • Avoid close contact with others - keep at least 1.5 metres away
  • Healthy hygiene - wash hands regularly and over your mouth/nose when you cough/sneeze.
  • When indoors allow for 4 square meters of space per person
  • Stay home when sick
  • Get the flu vaccination
  • If you have cold/flu symptoms, get tested

For any coronavirus enquiries or advice please contact