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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. 

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. 

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
    or services
  • a private gathering, such as a wedding, funeral
    or end of life activity, or
  • a routine religious gathering or ceremony. 

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
  • For events to be held on Council land, event organisers must apply to Council for permission to use the land. Contact Cardinia Shire Council Customer Service on 1300 787 624 or mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au
  • Event organisers will be required to submit a COVIDSafe Plan for approval before their event.
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