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COVIDSafe Festival

We’re looking forward to welcoming audiences back to venues across Melbourne for a laughter filled month of comedy. The safety and wellbeing of all artists, audiences and staff is our number one priority so we ask that all visitors to Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows follow the COVIDSafe practices described on this page.

The Festival is following the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s guidance and information relevant to keeping the Festival COVIDSafe will be regularly updated here.

Stay at home if you are unwell
The big one! You must not attend a performance if you are:

  • feeling unwell
  • showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • awaiting a coronavirus (COVID-19) test result
  • have otherwise been directed to self-isolate or quarantine

Click here to view the Festival’s Ticketing Terms & Conditions. Please note that Terms & Conditions may vary depending on the ticketing provider so it is important to check the relevant T&C’s when purchasing your tickets.

If you begin to feel unwell while at an event, please contact a venue staff member immediately.

How to be COVIDSafe

Every venue participating in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will have a COVIDSafe Plan with specific COVIDSafe practices and conditions you need to be aware of. Venue specific information can be found below.

General COVIDSafe practices that you should follow at any Festival venue include:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5m from other attendees in queues, foyers and bars
  • Wear a mask at all times while inside venues including while the show is on
  • Make frequent use of the hand sanitiser and washing facilities at the venue
  • Listen to and comply with instructions given to you by venue staff
  • Stay up to date with the latest information from the Victorian Government at

What Melbourne International Comedy Festival is doing to be COVIDSafe

The health of our audience, artists and staff is of the highest importance. Some of the protective measures to expect when you attend a Festival performance include:

  • Paperless ticketing and cashless box offices
  • Reduced venue seating based on current state government requirements
  • Regular cleaning and sanitising of our venues and public areas
  • Availability of hand sanitiser at all venues
  • Signage in venues to help maintenance of physical distancing, one-way only entry and exits wherever possible
  • Increased website features and digital versions of our venue map, program and all key Festival info at
  • Wearing of masks indoors at all times will be required (unless drinking) as well as at any outdoor venues where physical distancing is not possible
  • Contact tracing will be conducted as per state government requirements including storing names and email addresses of customers. Patrons will be required to register upon entry to all Comedy Festival venues.

COVIDSafe Plans

Below you can find a list of Festival venues and a link to their COVIDSafe Plan. This information will be updated regularly to ensure currency. Please read and make sure you are aware of the COVID-specific conditions of entry required by each venue for audiences attending Festival performances.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s full COVIDSafe Plan is available to read HERE.


Venue name COVIDSafe Plan
Arts Centre Melbourne Visit the Arts Centre Melbourne website
Cinema Nova Visit the Cinema Nova website
Palais Theatre Visit the Palais Theatre website