Public Events - COVID-19 restrictions
- This page has information for community groups and organisations wanting to start planning public events again in a COVIDSafe setting
- If you’re planning a public event, it needs to be in line with the safety obligations and responsibilities outlined in the Victorian Government’s COVIDSafe Settings for events
- While we move towards COVID normal and the ability to gather in larger numbers, we must remember that public gatherings can be high-risk and need to be carefully planned, implemented and managed.
What is a public event?
The Victorian Chief Health Officer’s directions define a public event as:
"… an organised public gathering for a common purpose which is conducted on a one-off or periodic basis, open to members of the public, publicly announced or advertised, and may be subject to specific license, approvals or permits."
Examples: an exhibition, sporting event, festival, fair, parade, performance, trade show.
What isn't a public event
The settings state that these aren’t public events:
- an ad-hoc public gathering in a public place
- a private or public gathering of members of the public in a facility, venue, indoor space or outdoor space for ordinary, day-to-day operations, use, activities
- a private gathering, such as a wedding, funeral
or end of life activity, or
- a routine religious gathering or ceremony.
What’s covered in the COVIDSafe Public events framework
The Victorian Government’s COVIDSafe Settings for Events sets out the rules for organising a public event, including:
- Vaccination requirements for workers, contractors and stallholders
- COVIDSafe Plans