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Venues that have reopened in Victoria right now

Some Melbourne businesses have reopened following lengthy lockdowns – here's what has reopened and what's still closed

Rebecca Russo
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It’s been months since everyday life was turned upside down by a slew of social restrictions. The Victorian government has begun to roll back some social restrictions in a slow and steady path towards a new normal.

As of now, several rules have eased, including those around dining in restaurants. Check out our list below of venues that have opened and what's still closed in Melbourne.

For more up to date information on current regulations, please visit the DHHS website.

What is open now in Victoria
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What is open now in Victoria

Museums Victoria

Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum and IMAX have reopened to the public.

The State Library of Victoria

The State Library reopens to the public from November 19 but you will need to book a morning or afternoon spot in advance, or rock up and hope for the best.

Melbourne Aquarium

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium has reopened to the public and you can still head inside for an underwater dining experience.

Gyms

Gyms can open to up to the public from November 9. There will be limits on how many patrons can be inside so check with your local gym for clarification.

Tourist accommodation, caravan parks and campgrounds

Overnight stays can return from November 9. Read more about the rules here.

Cinemas

Melbourne cinemas can reopen from November 9. Check with your local about sessions and density requirements. 

Dine-in for restaurants, cafés and bars

Cafés, restaurants and pubs are able to reopen their doors to with strict patron limits. Here's where you should book.

Melbourne zoos

Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary have reopened, with Melbourne and Werribee open late until 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. More information here.

Beauty salons, tattoo parlours and spas

Beauty therapy, spray tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours can reopen from October 28, as long as face masks can be worn.

Drive-in cinemas

Melbourne's three drive-in cinema complexes – Coburg Drive-In, Lunar Drive-in and Dromana 3 Drive-in – have reopened. Contact the venues directly for more information and to buy tickets. 

Outdoor and indoor swimming pools

Swimming pools can reopen with thorough safety and hygiene requirements in place. Check with your local pool for open times.  

Non-food and drink market stalls

Previously, only food and drink market stalls were allowed to operate at venues such as Queen Victoria Market. Now, other stalls selling clothing, bric-a-brac and more can reopen. 

Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms

The tape has been taken off outdoor play spaces and outdoor exercise equipment across Victoria. You must still maintain 1.5 metres from others and not gather in groups larger than ten people. Check with the relevant council if you're uncertain whether a space is open. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens in both Melbourne's CBD and Cranbourne have reopened. Although there are no tours or events taking place, you are allowed to wander around the gardens.  

Beaches

You can now relax at the beach, have a picnic or play non-contact sports at beaches across Melbourne and greater Victoria. Remember to keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times. 

What remains closed
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What remains closed

Concert venues

Concert venues still do not have a reopening date set.

National Gallery of Victoria

The NGV Australia at Federation Square will reopen to the public on November 23. NGV International, on St Kilda Road, will reopen on December 19 to launch this year's mega NGV Triennial exhibition.  

Going out? Do so safely

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Over the next couple of months, as restrictions start to be relaxed, everyday life in Melbourne will start to go back to normal. But it’s not going to be same. We’ll be keeping you up to date with current rules and restrictions, but we also want everyone to stay safe to avoid a second wave of infection. So, while we encourage you to take full advantage of the new freedoms, for the sake of everyone across the state, please follow these important rules on physical distancing and enhanced hygiene.

Staying in?

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We've collected the best ways for you to experience Melbourne while staying at home here into this hub, so you can stay sane, comfortable, fed, watered and entertained at home – while helping small business owners, hospitality workers and creative people who desperately need your business.

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