COVID-19 Safety

St Kilda Festival is working with and will adhere to the Victorian Governments COVIDSafe Guidance to deliver the 2022 event. For up-to-date information on what restrictions and considerations are in place for large events, Government guidance can be found here.

Whilst we are excited to come together and celebrate (and goodness knows we all deserve a celebration) we acknowledge this event is taking place amid a global pandemic and that we all must play our part in minimising transmission of COVID-19. 

In line with the current restrictions for major events, St Kilda Festival will be proceeding as planned.

We are taking COVID safety seriously, and even with the benefit of being an outdoor event, we will be taking additional measures to minimise transmission wherever possible. We ask that you follow COVID Safe Practices when attending the Festival events and stay at home if you are feeling unwell.

Festival Attendance

Am I required to show proof that I am vaccinated against COVID-19?

Entry requirements differ for the different days of the multi-day Festival:

  • Saturday 5 February, at O’Donnell Gardens & Acland Street: this is an unrestricted, shared outdoor public space. Vaccination status will not be checked. However, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of entry for accessing restricted access areas in the Festival Precinct, such as back of house.
  • Wednesday 9, Thursday 10Friday 11,  and at Saturday 12, South Beach Reserve:  this is a gated precinct. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of entry for anyone aged over 12 years and 2 months.
  • Sunday 13 February at Catani Gardens & Fitzroy Street: this is an unrestricted, shared outdoor public space. Vaccination status will not be checked upon entering the Festival precinct, however proof of COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of entry for accessing Festival licensed areas or any other restricted access areas in the Festival Precinct.

What is proof of vaccination?

Valid proof of vaccination can take one of five forms:
- COVID-19 digital certificate via the Service Victoria app
- COVID-19 digital certificate saved to one’s smartphone
- A printed copy of the digital certificate, accompanied by valid photo identification
- A printed copy of one’s immunization history statement, accompanied by valid photo identification
- A printed medical exemption, accompanied by valid photo identification

 Do I need to ‘check-in’ on arrival?

  • The following days of the Festival will take place in shared outdoor public spaces where entry is unrestricted. Checking-in via the Service Victoria app is is encouraged but not required: Saturday 5 February, at O’Donnell Gardens & Acland Street, Sunday 13 February at Catani Gardens & Fitzroy Street
  • Events on Wednesday 9, Thursday 10Friday 11,  and Saturday 12 take place at South Beach Reserve, a gated precinct. Checking in via the Service Victoria app, or through a physical register will be a requirement of entry, along with providing proof of vaccination.

What should I do if I feel unwell before or during attending the festival?

  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are required to self-isolate awaiting test results or as a result of a close-contact, please do not attend the festival.
  • If you begin to experience symptoms while attending the Festival, please wear your mask, avoid contact with others, promptly leave the event and get tested as soon as possible. Be sure to notify DHHS of a positive test result.
  • If you need any further information regarding what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, please visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.  

COVID Safety and Wellbeing

Wearing a mask

For the protection of yourself and your community, we strongly encourage the wearing of masks at St Kilda Festival for all attendees over 8 years of age. Masks are not currently mandated at all major events, however, they are strongly recommended where physical distancing cannot be maintained—even outdoors—and are required at major events when moving around large crowds (events with 30,000 people or more), as well as upon entering indoor settings, and on public transport. Masks can be removed when seated outdoors and while eating and drinking. Government guidance on when to wear a face mask can be found here.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing is encouraged to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. While the responsibility to adhere to physical distancing guidelines is ultimately up to individuals, Festival areas will be designed in a way that facilitates physical distancing.

Hygiene and cleaning

Hand sanitiser stations will be available at entries, exits, and food and drink service, and hand washing facilities will be available at all toilets throughout the festival precinct. These facilities will be checked, replenished, and cleaned under a regular cleaning schedule. All amenities and high touch points will be regularly cleaned and disinfected by staff.

Play your part

Our team is dedicated to bringing this event to life— in uncertain times and in a challenging landscape for major events. We are working hard so our community can celebrate together, and we appreciate your cooperation to help keep our community safe.

Things change fast: whilst we are planning for the best, we are navigating many external factors. Please check in on this website and our social media profiles for updates closer to the event. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive alerts to your email.

We look forward to celebrating with you!