Stage 3 restrictions: What’s open and what’s not?

August 6, 2020 BY

Outdoor sporting facilities such as skate parks are closed under Stage 3 restrictions.

THE Stage 3 coronavirus lockdown was reintroduced across regional Victoria, including Geelong and the Surf Coast, this morning.

The restrictions are broadly similar to how they were during the previous Stage 3 lockdown, with the addition of face coverings.

You must wear a face covering when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. Even while wearing a face covering, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others.

You cannot leave home except for one of the following four reasons:

  • to shop for food and essential goods or services
  • to provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  • to exercise or for outdoor recreation
  • for work or study, if you can’t do it from home.

You cannot have visitors or visit friends and family who live at another household, except for caregiving or compassionate reasons.


Restaurants and cafes can continue to open for takeaway and delivery only.

Food courts will continue to be closed, but restaurants and cafes within food courts can open for takeaway and food delivery.

Pubs, bars, clubs and nightclubs (including RSLs, bowls clubs and other multipurpose venues) will be closed. They can offer takeaway or home delivery of food and alcohol only. Bottle shops remain open.


Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools are closed.

Community sport training and competition cannot occur.

You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with one other person or your household members. You must be able to keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others.

Some outdoor sport facilities are closed, including playgrounds, netball and basketball courts, skateparks and bike parks, public barbecue facilities and outdoor gyms.

Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, plus the instructor.

You should exercise and use recreational facilities at the closest available location to your home.


Remote learning returned for all primary and high school students yesterday (Wednesday, August 5), with exceptions for vulnerable children, specialist schools and children of permitted workers.

Childcare, family daycare and kindergarten will continue for all children.


Travel within regional Victoria will only be allowed for work or education (only if necessary), as well as for necessary goods and services or care/compassionate purposes only.

Holiday accommodation and camping will be closed except for residents, emergency accommodation or work purposes.

You will not be able to visit a second place of residence, with limited exceptions, for example emergency or maintenance, shared custody, or to stay with intimate partners who don’t live with you.

For a full list of what you can and can’t do, head to




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