13 May, 2020 Last updated: 11 Mar, 2021

On Monday 11 May 2020, the Victorian Government announced that some restrictions have cautiously eased so people can look after their own and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection.

Author: VicHealth, a Victorian Government Agency that works with experts, evidence and research in health promotion


Any coronavirus information mentioned is accurate at the time this article was first published (13 May 2020). For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus restrictions, please visit the source: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au


From 11:59pm Tuesday 12 May, Victorians are able to:

  • Have up to five family and friends visit you at home.
  • Gather outdoors with up to 10 people for non-contact sport and recreation in public places, such as National, State and public parks. This includes activities such as hiking or playing golf.
  • Attend small gatherings of up to 10 people (along with those required to run the facilities) at some indoor facilities such as places of worship and community centres. The four-square metre rule applies in these settings.

It’s important to emphasise we must still keep at least 1.5 metres from other people and practice good hand hygiene. If you feel unwell, even if you’ve tested negative for coronavirus, you must stay home.


Top 5 tips to help stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • If you can stay home you must stay home – only leave your house for essential shopping, medical care or caregiving, work or education (if you can’t do remotely), exercise and outdoor recreation, and visiting friends and family – if you really need to.
  • Wash your hands often and properly.
  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue/your elbow and avoid touching your face.
  • If you feel unwell, have been overseas or have come in contact with a positive case you must not leave your house/hotel.
  • Practice physical distancing – stay home as much as possible, keep 1.5 metre distance from others, don’t shake hands/touch others.


For more information on the updated restrictions, including frequently asked questions, visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.


We’ve put together some handy tips for getting back into cycling and walking while staying physically distant.


Have a coronavirus question?

For all coronavirus questions visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hotline on 1800 020 080.