Community halls - Coronavirus venue hire updates

With the latest announcements from the Chief Health Officer, almost all restrictions have now eased for Victorians, but some COVID-19 risks still remain.

With the latest announcements, almost all restrictions have now eased for Victorians, but some COVID-19 risks still remain.

Major changes

  • Community halls and hubs no longer have restrictions on the number of people who can attend a facility. The previous density limits have now been removed.
  • Face mask rules have been relaxed and are no longer compulsory in all indoor settings. We recommend wearing a face mask however if you are unable to socially distance or are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19. Learn more about when to wear a face mask
  • If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not visit one of our facilities. Go and get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

It is each user group’s responsibility to follow the Open Premises Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer.

Please take the time to look through them to fully understand your obligations as a user of our community facilities.

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What is the maximum attendance allowed?

As per the current Government Restrictions, community facilities can remain open with no COVID density limit in place. Please refer to our maximum capacities below: 

Hall Maximum Capacity
Cobbin Homestead and Chapel
Chapel 70
Lounge 40
Sun room 70
Cobradah Homestead
Main hall 70
Geelong West Town Hall
Main hall 400
Supper room 100
Lara Hall
Main hall 150
Meeting room 50
Newcomb Hall
Main hall (includes stage) 150
Meeting room 50
Portarlington Parks Hall
Bayview room 70
Main hall 350
Parkview room 80
Marcus Hill Memorial Hall
Main 150
Mount Duneed Hall
Main 40
St Leonards Reserve Hall
Main 100
Virginia Todd Hall
Main 100

Depending on the nature of your event, the hire space may be able to be considered as an indoor entertainment venue (theatres, cinemas, music and concert halls, auditoriums, arenas and stadiums). Please contact the Booking Office if you believe this may apply to your booking.

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Hirer responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the hirer to enforce all current government  measures among patrons attending their event.

The City accepts no responsibility for any breach of the above and will report any known instances to the relevant authorities. As above, COVID Safe Work Plan Acknowledgement must be submitted to [email protected] prior to attending venue.

Please refer to our hire conditions page for further information regarding COVID related responsibilities for hirers.

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Committee-managed halls

It is important to note that there are several halls operated by independent committees within the municipality. As these committees are comprised primarily of dedicated volunteers, they have the ability to determine their own operational and running requirements and may be able to provide more flexibility in order to meet your needs.

Please refer to our Committee-managed halls page for more information.

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Further information

Whether you are trying to complete the COVID Safe Questionnaire or trying to plan ahead, it can be tricky to know where to look for the most relevant information.

The recommended source of information can be found at the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions page at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website. There are many useful documents available, particularly the Restricted Activity Directions which will outline the requirements for activities in community facilities.

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Opening hours

The Booking Office opening hours are currently 9:00am to 5:00pm. We are closed weekends and public holidays.

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Need to know more...

Please contact us at [email protected] for more any further information or clarification you may require.

Page last updated: Thursday, 19 May 2022