27 July 2021 11:17

Victorians are released from lockdown and can return to the studio

The Victorian Government have today announced that Victoria will be released from lockdown at 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 July.

We are pleased to report that dance studios can reopen, however, they are subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4m2 for the next two weeks.

Read the Premier’s media release here.

UPDATE: 28 July 2021

Additional information was published today regarding the restrictions on resumed activity relating to indoor fitness. You can see that advice here but below are items which apply to dance studios.

  • There are limits on the number of people and a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm. There are limits of 100 people per space indoors in these facilities. This limit reduces the risk of transmission.
  • Classes can resume with groups of up to 10 people.
  • Equipment shared between people must be cleaned after every use.
  • You must carry a face mask on you and wear it when you finish exercising. You do not need to wear a mask if you are exercising strenuously and are physically exerted.

Mask wearing:

Please note it is our understanding that lawful excuses or exceptions for not wearing a face mask include

  • Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth is essential. This includes teaching, lecturing or broadcasting.

Read more on mask wearing here.


Financial Assistance:

The Federal and Victorian state Governments have today announced further financial support will be available to businesses and individuals impacted in the latest lockdown and beyond. Details of that support are available here but those that may benefit Members include:

Business Continuity Fund

$5,000 grants to up to around 30,000 businesses that remain impacted by capacity limits placed on businesses by necessary public health restrictions.

Recognising businesses located in the CBD will continue to be impacted due to restrictions on the number of staff allowed in office buildings, they will be eligible to receive an additional $2,000 recognising reduced foot traffic due to office density limits.

All recipients must have received or been eligible for the previous Business Cost Assistance Program.

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and Landlord Hardship Fund

The package, to be fully funded by the Victorian Government, will deliver $80 million to provide support to landlords that provide rent relief to their tenants.

The Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme will be reinstated to provide much needed rent relief to small to medium commercial tenants and their landlords with more details on the roll out to be provided by the Victorian Government soon.

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

A new $85 million fund will be established to support small businesses who have not been eligible under existing business support funds.

Small businesses with a payroll of up to $10 million who have experienced a 70 per cent or greater reduction in revenue will be eligible for grants of up to $5,000.