Victorians will be able to celebrate Christmas in their homes with up to 30 guests and enjoy a summer outdoors mostly mask free.
Yesterday saw Premier Daniel Andrews lift another set of coronavirus restrictions for Victorians, allowing them additional freedoms.
Restrictions could ease further before the end of the year, with the Premier flagging ongoing reviews of the state's restrictions.
As of 11.59pm Sunday, the following applies:
- Victorians will be able to host up to 15 visitors inside their home per day - up from two.
- Outdoor gatherings in public spaces increase to 50 - up from 10.
- Capacity at cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars - will increase to 300, subject to density requirements. QR code record keeping will also be mandatory.
- Smaller hospitality venues will follow a density limit of one person per two square metres – with a maximum of 50 customers.
- While the cap for larger venues will increase to 150, with one person per four square metres.
- Weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies will increase to 150, however, those held at a private residence will be capped at 15.
- Higher education will also return to on-campus learning for summer studies, subject to a COVID-safe plan.
- Cinemas, galleries and museums will be able to host up to 150 people indoors.
- Gym capacity will increase to a maximum of 150 people, in groups of 20, and one person per four square metres.
- Community clubs, contact and non-contact sports can begin for adults as well as kids – 150 people indoors with a group size of up to 20 and 500 outdoors with groups of up to 50.
- Large sporting venues will also be allowed to operate at 25 per cent capacity.
- Indoor pools will be capped at 150, and outdoor pools at 300.
- Gaming machines will also increase to 150 people, with every second machine turned off
- Accommodation providers will also follow the same rules as homes, so residents can travel with up to 15 other people including dependants.
- Masks will no longer be mandatory when outdoors, given social distancing is maintained, but must always still be carried.
- Workplaces currently working from home (such as offices in the CBD) to return for up to 25 per cent of their workforce per site from 30th November.
- New South Wales and Victorian borders are now open for interstate travel.
Premier Daniel Andrews has also flagged another increase of up to 30 visitors in the home, from 11:59pm on 13th December just in time for Christmas.
A full list of restriction changes can be found here.
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