Latest COVID-19 regulations

Update taken form the DHHS website 02/01/2021
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/religion-and-ceremony

As of 11.59 pm December 6, 2020 restrictions to weddings eased significantly as part of the COVIDSafe Summer Restrictions.

There is no limit to the amount of people attending a wedding at a venue, but numbers are restricted to the two square metre rule, so the limit on the number of people attending a wedding is determined by the size of the venue.

 

If you are hosting a wedding at your home, the number of guests attending the wedding is limited to 15 plus the people conducting the ceremony.


Please read the paragraphs below for full information on current regulations on wedding ceremonies

Can I attend a wedding?

Yes, you can attend a wedding.

  • The venue you hold a wedding at must apply the two square metre rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend a wedding is determined by the size of the venue. The two square metre rule applies only if electronic record keeping is used.
    Otherwise, the four square metre rule applies.

  • There are no limits on the size of groups. The square metre rule includes the couple, the celebrant, but not the photographer or other workers such as catering staff.

  • A wedding held in a private residence will be limited to the members of the household and up to 15 visitors, the people required to conduct the ceremony are not included in this limit, as they are attending for the purposes of work.

  • Dancing is allowed at a wedding but the four square metre rule must be applied to limit the number of people on the dance floor and there can only be up to 50 people dancing at one time.

  • You can have speeches, singing and chanting at a wedding. 

  • The couple can cut the cake together.

  • You can serve food and drink at a wedding. Seated and non-seated service (i.e. standing up and serving canapes or drinks) is allowed.

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask while attending a wedding.

  • You can travel to and attend a wedding anywhere in Victoria.
     

Can I travel to a wedding?

Yes, you can travel to and attend a wedding anywhere in Victoria.

Can I get married or host a wedding at home?

  • You can get married at your house however different limits apply to the number of guests you can have. 

  • The number of people attending is limited to the members of the household and up to 15 visitors, not including those conducting the ceremony. Babies under 12 months are not included in the cap.

  • These limits also apply if you hold your wedding in your backyard or outdoor area of your house. 

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask while attending a wedding. You should not attend a wedding if you are feeling unwell. You should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and others unless they are members of your household.

  • The couple getting married and people who live together do not need to maintain 1.5 metres distance from each other. 

Is a wedding photographer counted in the square metre rule at a wedding?

  • A photographer is not counted as a guest when the square metre rule is applied to a venue. 

  • The square metre rule applies to wedding guests and the couple getting married, not people working at a venue.

  • If the wedding is taking place in a private residence, the photographer is not included in the 15 person cap as they are attending for the purposes of work. 

  • There is no limit on the number of photographers or videographers for each wedding.

  • When taking photos, a photographer should always stay 1.5 metres away from others.

Do I need to wear a face mask at a wedding?

  • It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask at a wedding when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

  • The couple getting married do not need to wear a face mask during the ceremony.

  • You can take your face mask off when taking photos, but you should stay 1.5m away from others.