Congratulations Victoria! We have reached the 90% double vaccinated milestone and most restrictions have lifted.
All dance activities, including classes, rehearsals, performances and competitions can resume with no limits on numbers, if all are vaccinated.
In good news for our younger dancers, at their 12th birthday, children have a 2-month window to access full vaccination. During this 2- month window just-turned-twelves can continue to fully participate in dance as they complete their vaccination journey.
Masks are no longer required to be worn in physical recreation premises; however you should consider your COVID-Safe Plan. “It is strongly recommended face coverings be worn when physical distancing is not possible.” Source: Stay Safe Directions (Victoria) (No.29)
Ausdance VIC have collated the below from Government Provided Information. For more information please follow the links. If you have questions about your particular circumstances please contact:
The Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398
The Department of Health: 1300 650 172
Business Victoria: 13 22 15
Who is considered 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 under the age of 12 and 2 months
If you can show evidence of any of the above, you can enter a venue as if you are fully vaccinated.”
Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in dance?
Yes. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend sporting and recreation facilities (e.g. sports grounds, dance studios and swimming pools) and sporting events.
If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.
Do I need to be vaccinated to attend or participate in a performance?
Yes. “Venues you can attend if you are fully vaccinated include:
- food and drink venues (e.g. restaurants and pubs)
- nightlife venues (e.g. bars and nightclubs)
- entertainment venues (e.g. cinemas, zoos)
- events (e.g. festivals, fun runs and conferences)
- tourism venues (e.g. walking tours, buses)
- casinos/gaming venues and adult entertainment venues
If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter these venues.
Do Dance Workers have to be vaccinated?
Yes, Workers in the Dance industry are required to be vaccinated. This includes Physical Recreation Workers, Creative Arts Workers, Entertainment and Function workers, Community workers and Higher Education workers. Just like patrons and participants, if you are not fully vaccinated you cannot enter a premise.
What do Dance Premises need to have in place to be open?
- A COVID-Safe Plan
- Check In Marshal
- Shared equipment must be cleaned between users
Source: Open Premises Directions (No. 5)
What to do if you test positive to COVID-19 or if you’ve been told you are a contact?
Follow the COVID Checklist: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist