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COVID Safe Plan


Thursday September 9


With Government restrictions easing in regional Victoria at midnight tonight, Bendigo Venues & Events provides the following update to its audiences and stakeholders: 
Our indoor, seated venues are restricted to a capacity limit of 20 people.  We are currently discussing this setting with promoters and hirers, but it appears unlikely we will see performances for live audiences proceed in our venues during September.

Our team continues to work tirelessly and creatively with touring companies, promoters and hirers to reschedule performances and events that are unable to reach our stages at this time.
A reminder that:

1. Those holding tickets to any show impacted in any way by COVID-19 restrictions and related uncertainty, will be contacted by the box office

2. The website is updated as any change occurs and is always the best place to see the most up-to-date information on the status of performances

3. The gotix box office at The Capital will re-open on Monday September 13 for face-to-face ticket sales and enquiries from 9am to 5pm weekdays, until further notice.  (Telephone enquiries during business can be made as usual, on 5434 6100 or email )


BV&E is pleased to announce the re-opening of our foyer and exhibition spaces this month, to showcase local and regional visual artists.
Ainsley O'Connor's is returning to Dudley House with "Anastasia Maher", a photographic exploration of Victorian land, people, and places time has forgotten.  16 September to 21 September, 11:30 to 4:00 weekdays and 10:30-4:30 weekends
In the capital Foyer we have "My health story" - an exhibition of work by local artists that tells their story of illness, caring, health and wellbeing.  Until 5 November.
For further details contact our Creative Communities team on or visit their facebook page:


The BV&E website is a great resource for access to a range of online entertainment for all.  We provide handy links to premium online performing arts content produced by Australia’s finest arts companies.  We will be launching an online school holiday program next week, with some wonderful musical and theatrical entertainment on offer for creative kids and families.  (Keep an eye on our website)

As always but especially at this time, our team is especially grateful for the continued support of our community and partners.

We hope to see you soon at the theatre!

Team BV&E


Box Office

While the box office and ticket buying process remains unchanged, please note that our ticketing terms and conditions have changed to better support increased flexibility required for the venue and ticket-buyer due to COVID-19. Please review full terms and conditions here.  The Gotix box office is open for phone enquiries 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 03 5434 6100. Online box office services are available at all times at


Please read the information on your ticket carefully.  It will include the performance date and time, as well as indicating the door you must access the auditorium.  Please note that additional information could be sent separately to ticket holders via phone, email or SMS message, indicating times we will be allowing access to foyers and/or auditoriums, specific entry and exit doors you might need to use, and other details relating to our COVID Safe Plan.

Your Visit 

We have developed our COVID Safe Plan, we have trained our staff and we are ready (and excited!) to welcome you back to our theatres and venues.  We rely on your support and cooperation to maintain a protected environment and remind all visitors to comply with signage and staff directions at all times.

Patrons wanting to access our foyers and performance spaces will be required to provide photo identification showing a home address in regional Victoria.


Our COVID Safe measures include:

Venue Access

Staff may control or restrict access to foyer spaces from time to time, to ensure density limits are not exceeded.  Please contact the box office at least 24 hours prior to performance if you have any special access requirements our staff might need to be aware of.


Physical distancing

Reduced capacity 

Our venue seating plans have been configured based on the relevant published advice for indoor seated entertainment venues.  Our foyer spaces are permitted to accommodate 1 person per 4 square metres of area, indoors. 


Face covering

Face Covering 

Wearing masks (unless you are eating, drinking or have a medical exemption) is mandatory indoors, including our foyers and theatres.



Vic Gov App
Contact Tracing 

All visitors are required to check in via the QR code system at venue entrances and foyer locations, prior to accessing the auditorium. For ease of access, please download the State Government Service Victoria app to your mobile device prior to your visit, to facilitate a speedy and efficient check in process for all attendees.  You must sit only in your allocated seat and follow the instructions of staff carefully in relation to entering and exiting the auditorium and foyer spaces.




Hand sanitisation stations are placed in prominent locations in the foyers of our venues.  We encourage theatre patrons to practise good personal hygiene at all times.


Safe hygiene

Venue Cleanliness 

We are undertaking additional cleaning and disinfecting of theatres and foyers before, during and after performances. 


Your Health

Your Health

We expect theatre patrons arriving at our venues are well and able to comply with all safety measures in our COVID Safe Plan. If you’re experiencing any COVID symptoms, even if they are very mild, you must remain at home and contact the box office to arrange a refund or exchange.  BV&E staff may require theatre patrons to leave the auditorium and/or the venue at any time, should it be determined by management that a patron appears unwell and/or the comfort of other theatre patrons is negatively affected.  (A full refund will be provided in these circumstances.) 


Q. What physical distancing measures is BV&E implementing?   

A. Audience capacities may be reduced at venues in-line with current Government restrictions. Please note that while many seats in venues will remain empty, you may find that you are sitting next to a person not from your household.  In foyers and while entering and exiting venues, please maintain a distance of 1.5m with other patrons.  To assist physical distancing around the venues, our auditoriums will open 60 minutes prior to the performance commencement, to allow patrons to move to their seats and avoid queuing in foyers.  We will use physical barriers, queuing decals and signage across our venues, to assist staff and theatre patrons.

Q. When should I arrive for my show?

A. Foyers, bar and box office will open 60 minutes prior to the performance. Auditorium doors will also open 60 minutes prior, so that patrons can move straight to their seats. We will communicate any changes to this standard arrangement direct to ticket-holders.

Q. Can I get food or drinks?   

A. Beverages and bar snacks will be available from 60 minutes prior to the performance.  Food and drinks can only be consumed while seated.  Bars will close at the commencement of the performance.

Q. If I am required to self-isolate, can I get a refund?

A. Yes. If you or a member of your household is required to self-isolate, and the event falls within the isolation period, you must not attend the theatre and are eligible for a full refund. This includes anyone diagnosed or in close contact with an active case of COVID-19, anyone waiting for COVID-19 test results, as well as returned travellers. Please call (03) 5434 6100 or email prior to your event to arrange your refund. (And get well soon!)

Q. It’s the day of my event and I’m not feeling well. What do I do?  

A. Even if you have very mild symptoms, you must stay home. You will be eligible for a refund or exchange. Please call (03) 5434 6100 or email prior to your event.

Q. I booked tickets for a group, and one of our party is required to self-isolate. Can the others still attend?

A. Providing you are not from the same household, and have not been in physical contact with the self-isolating party, you are able to attend the event. If in doubt, please speak to your medical practitioner.

Q.  What happens if a theatre patron or staff member tests positive for COVID-19? 

A.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed case in our venues:

  • DHHS will be notified and our team will support the contact tracing process
  • Staff and close contacts will be tested and self-isolate as required
  • Venue(s) and affected spaces will be closed and professionally deep-cleaned in accordance with health guidelines.
Q. Can I pay by cash?

A. We encourage cashless payment, wherever possible.

Q. Do I have to wear a mask?

A. Wearing masks (unless you are eating, drinking or have a medical exemption) is mandatory indoors, including our foyers and theatres.

Q. Will there be cloaking facilities at the venue?

A. No, the cloakroom will not be operating. Please avoid bringing large, bulky, items to our venues. 

Q. I am very nervous about attending my event. What can I do?

A. We understand that you may be nervous about attending public events. Rest assured that we are operating in accordance with the latest advice from the DHHS at all times. The best way to protect yourself is to wear a mask, and to regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap (or alcohol-based hand rub). Please avoid congregating in foyers, and remain in your allocated seats for the duration of the performance.

If you are at-risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g., have a chronic medical condition, compromised immune system, are over 70 years of age, or other higher risk group), you may be eligible for a refund or exchange of your tickets. Please call (03) 5434 6100 or email up to 7 days prior to your event with the details of your request.





For the latest public health updates
Visit the DHHS website or call the Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398.


View the full BV&E COVID Safe Plan

BV&E acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where our venues stand and where we share stories through art and culture.

We acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders past present and emerging.