Roadmap Phase C: Dance is Open

Great news! The full Restricted Activity Directions (Public Health Orders) have been signed off and released by the Department of Health.

These orders allow fully vaccinated individuals, which includes those under 16, to participate in dance classes, rehearsals and performances across Victoria.

A density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies, and masks are required indoors. Masks can be removed when engaging in strenuous activity, but should be kept on whenever possible. 

Remember to check in wherever you go. 

Need help linking your immunisation record with the Services Victoria Check in app? Check out these instructions.

Informaton and Definitions from the Victorian Department of Health

Fully Vaccinated
“You are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the purposes of attending a venue if:
– you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
– you have a valid medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination issued by an authorised medical practitioner, or
– you are aged under 16.If you can show evidence of any of the above, you can enter a venue as if you are fully vaccinated.”
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Medical Exemptions

The Chief Health Officer has declared that from 6pm Friday 29 October, only the Australian Immunisation Register medical exemption form is to be used to provide proof of a medical exemption to any vaccination requirements in Victoria. This form can be linked to Medicare and will provide a “Green Tick” in the Services Victoria App upon check-in. 

If there are people with an exemption letter that isn’t the Australian Immunisation Register form – such as just a standard doctor’s certificate – they will need to return to their medical practitioner to submit the form by 12 November. They can continue to use a doctor’s certificate up to that date.
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Community Sport

If you believe your dance and performing arts competition meets the below definition, please call the Department of Health on 1300 650 172 for advice.  Ausdance VIC cannot provide advice on this topic.

“Indoor and outdoor physical recreation and sporting facilities such as swimming pools and leisure centres are open. If these facilities, including club rooms, are used for community sport (organised competitive sports with membership), patrons participating or facilitating community sport (e.g. players, coaches, volunteers) do not need to be vaccinated to access the facility. However, to access the facility for a purposes other than community sport where all attendees are required to be fully vaccinated – such as gym, hospitality or entertainment – attendees must be fully vaccinated, be under 16 or have a valid medical exemption”

Note this vaccination exemption is for competitions that take place within physical recreation and sporting facilities only.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has determined that from 6:00pm on Friday 29 October:
Regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will unite and share the same restrictions, enabling people, including Dance Teachers, to travel between Melbourne and regional Victoria again.
Masks will remain mandatory indoors, the exemption to remove a mask when engaged in strenuous activity still remains but are no longer required outdoors.
Most indoor settings, including Dance Studios and Community Facilities will open with no capacity limits subject to a DQ4 (one person per four square metres) limit, if all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated. Children under 16 are counted as fully vaccinated in this phase.
Entertainment venues will reopen. For indoor seated venues, including theatres, there will be a 75 per cent capacity limit or DQ4 up to 1000 people.
Check-in marshals are required to monitor QR code check in and “Green Tick” vaccination for 16+.