COVID-Safe Documents & Protocols

Easing of Restrictions 

  • From 11:59pm tonight Friday 26 February, Victoria will return to the previous COVIDSafe settings that were in place prior to the Black Rock outbreak.
  • Victorians will be able to host up to 30 people in their home per day and outdoor gatherings can increase to 100.
  • Meanwhile, public and private sector office workers can return to work at up to 75 per cent a day.
  • Masks will be only be required on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities – and in some larger retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.
  • Density limits remain for pubs, restaurants and cafes, beauty services, retail business, gyms, funerals and wedding and nightclubs and community facilities, such as libraries, RSLs and community halls.
  • For more information on the new coronavirus settings visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

Out Of Lockdown

A Message from CoGB to all Community Clubs across Greater Bendigo:

As advised by the Premier this morning, the current Circuit Breaker restrictions will be eased from 11.59pm this evening (Wednesday 17th February 2021). The most relevant points below:

Community venues, including libraries and toy libraries

• Community venues and facilities including libraries and toy libraries: No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping. If not using electronic record keeping a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies.

Exercise and recreation

• Indoor physical recreation and community sport: A density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies to each space. Gym and exercise classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class). COVID Marshals required when gyms are staffed. At times when gyms are unstaffed, a density quotient of 1 per 8 sqm applies. Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

• Outdoor physical recreation and community sport: Up to a maximum of 100 patrons for outdoor fitness classes (excluding anyone necessary for running the class) with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm. Record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

• Pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs: Indoor venues open with a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm. Outdoor pools open with a density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm. Record keeping is required.

Please make sure you are familiar with, and comply with, all current restrictions. For detailed information please follow this link

Please wear masks indoors, wash hands regularly and physical distance to keep safe.

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Find full VIC Government COVID-19 Restriction details at:
Sport, cultural and recreational activities restrictions

COVID-Safe Documents


Living with COVID

As we age keeping healthy, active and connected is important, particularly as we all learn to live with COVID. U3A Bendigo is now planning to open up our activities in a COVID-Safe way.

We have designed and developed several COVID-Safe documents to protect members as much as possible. See list above. We all have a responsibility to look after ourselves, others and the rooms or hall we use at St Mary’s, or in other venues.

We currently have a set of documents that have been signed by U3A Bendigo and they now form part of our contract with St Mary’s. Every user of St Mary’s will have similar documents. Halls and rooms throughout the City of Greater Bendigo (CoGB) will also have their own COVID documents.

We might see more restrictions lifted, but some groups may not be able to use the Hall at St Mary’s, for different reasons. Typically this might be groups of 16 – 75. If any group is experiencing difficulties or have questions please contact

U3A Bendigo recognises that members may be feeling anxious, lonely and missing social contact, so we support activities that give members a balanced, wide range of physical, mentally challenging and social things to do. Due to the commitment of our dedicated Convenors we’re proud to offer activities that do just that.