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Regional Victoria to ease restrictions and move to third step in reopening

 

As of Thursday, Regional Victoria will move to step 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan. This will mean being able to sit in a restaurant, meeting up to 10 people outdoors, kids sport and traveling for a holiday within regional Victoria.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the changes were possible because the daily average for new cases in regional Victoria was down to 3.6 and there had been no mystery cases for two weeks.

Below is a breakdown of what is changing from 11:59pm on Wednesday.

Leaving home and socialising

There will no longer be any restrictions on reasons to leave home.

Public gathering of up to 10 people are allowed outdoors.

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

The total number of people allowed to meet at home as part of a household bubble arrangement is limited by the number of people who reside at the home plus up to five visitors from the other household that is part of the household bubble.

The bubble requires that you choose the same other household for the duration of the step. The bubble is an exclusive arrangement – you cannot have a household choose you and you choose a different household.

Members of a share house can only choose one other household, noting the five-person visitor limit.

The ‘household bubble’ does not apply to gatherings outside the home.

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. There will be a 2-hour limit on bookings.

Work

Those working from home, should continue to do so if you can.

Retail, real estate and beauty services

All shops can open.

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

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

There will no longer be person limits in shops.

Travelling around Victoria and Entertainment

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.

Outdoor venues and events will take place, subject to pre-approved plans.

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.

Outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader, places of worship open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader will be allowed.

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.

Every single business across regional Victoria, will be required to have a COVID-safe plan, and those plans will be enforced from 28 September.

Subject to public health advice, from 23 November if we get to zero new cases state-wide for 14 days, we can move to the Last Step. 

For more information regarding step 3, or any of the other steps withing the roadmap can be found here.