Third Step in Buloke Shire

From Thursday 17 September 2020 Regional Victoria will move to Step 3 of the coronavirus road to recovery. 

This will mean there will no longer be restrictions on leaving home, but some restrictions around who you can meet and gathering sizes remain. 

It is still mandatory to wear a face covering whenever you are outside your home, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Whilst hospitality and retail businesses can reopen, subject to some limits, please be patient with our businesses and their staff as they work their way through reopening.

Leaving home and socialising in Buloke

There are no longer any restrictions on the reasons to leave home.

You can go out as often as you want.

You can meet up to 10 people outdoors and create a household bubble with one nominated household.

Up to five people from that nominated household can then visit you at home (kids under 12 months of age are not included in the cap).

You can only choose one household to be in your bubble for as long as regional Victoria remains in the third step.

Buloke Hotels, Cafes and Restaurants

Hospitality will be able to offer table service again.

Cafes and restaurants can seat people in groups of up to 10, but it will be subject to density limits and seating will be mostly outdoors.

Indoor spaces will be limited to 10 patrons, subject to a density rule of 4 square metres per person.

A maximum of two separate indoor spaces will be allowed to open per venue, meaning larger venues could seat a total of 20 patrons indoors — 10 in each room.

Retail, real estate and beauty services

All of these businesses can open and operate.

Hairdressers and other beauty services can resume as long as a face covering can be worn during the procedure.

Real estate agents can conduct private inspections and hold auctions outdoors, but there will be limits on how many people can attend.

Travelling into or around Buloke

You can travel between Buloke towns, in fact people in regional Victoria will be able to travel to other regions and book accommodation.

But travel to Melbourne is not allowed until both metro and regional areas are on the same restriction level.

Recreational lakes and boat ramps are open.

Caravan Parks and camping grounds are open.

Sightseeing access to Lake Tyrrell is still via Saltworks Road whilst Baileys Road is closed due to construction.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings will be allowed with up to 10 people. That cap includes the couple, two witnesses and a celebrant.

Funerals can be held with up to 20 people but infants and people required to conduct the funeral are not included in the limit.

Sport and exercise

Outdoor skateparks will reopen.

Bootcamps and other outdoor fitness groups can be held with up to 10 people.

Outdoor junior sport is also allowed, for both contact and non-contact sports.

But for adults, only non-contact outdoor sport is allowed.

Gathering and density limits will apply.

Work and study

Work from home if you can.

There will be no change for primary and secondary students until Term 4.

Buloke Library Service

Whilst Council investigates the best way to return to this service, it is currently offered online and over the phone. You can browse, reserve and renew you library loans 24/7 via Council’s website.

Buloke Shire Council Customer Service

Council’s Wycheproof Customer Service Centre will return to full operation from Monday 5 October 2020.

Until then, bookings may be made by calling 1300 520 520. Check payment options on your notice or call 1300 520 520 for assistance. All customer requests are also still available by phone.

Swimming Pools

All seven of Council’s swimming pools will open to the public on Saturday 14 November 2020.

Hire of Council facilities

Unless the activity is permitted under Step 3 (i.e. work, training course), Council’s halls, senior citizens and other community facilities are not able to be hired.

Support for Business

Council’s business support team are working closely with hospitality businesses and the Local Laws team to support the re-opening and extension of footpath trading. Any businesses wishing to discuss their support, can contact 1300 520 520 to speak with one of Councils Business Support Officers.

Council has established a new online resource to continue the support of its local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Buy Buloke website has been launched to provide the community with an easy to navigate website to browse local businesses and services as well as current trading terms and social media links. Visit

Support for the community

Council’s Community Wellbeing team are working everyday with members of the community to ensure they have the support and things they need during this health crisis.

If you are a vulnerable person and in need of a facemask, or you know someone that is, please call the Community Wellbeing team on 1300 520 520.

Want to know more?

For more information on Step 3 for Regional Victoria visit: