Victoria has reunited under a single set of eased coronavirus restrictions which changed overnight, with more sweeping changes flagged in two weeks’ time.
Victoria has reunited under a single set of eased coronavirus restrictions which changed overnight, with more sweeping changes flagged in two weeks' time.
The announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday comes as the state recorded its ninth day in a row of zero new COVID-19 infections and no further deaths.
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"To have gone from more than 700 cases a day to nine days of zero cases in a row is a particularly impressive thing and something every single Victorians should be proud of," Mr Andrews said as he announced the changes.
So here's what you can and can't do in Victoria as of now, and (below) what's expected for November 22:
What restrictions eased at midnight
As of 11.59pm, the following changes have now come into affect, in line with the Victorian government's third step for easing restrictions:
The 25km travel limit has been removed for Melbourne residents.
The 'ring of steel' surrounding Melbourne has also come down, with free movement between metropolitan and regional Victoria permitted.
The limit on people visiting one another's homes remains at two adults plus any dependent children, but these visits may now take place separately and involve people from different households.
Any intimate partners of the residents are also excluded from the daily cap on visitors.
Gyms and fitness studios
A maximum of 20 people, with a maximum of 10 people per space and a density limit of one person per 8 sqm, are now permitted inside gyms and fitness studios.
A maximum of 40 people are now permitted indoors and a maximum of 70 people, with one person per 2 sqm, permitted outdoors.
A maximum of 50 people plus one faith leader are allowed at religious gatherings outdoors and a maximum of 20 people plus one faith leader permitted indoors.
Funerals and weddings
A maximum of 20 mourners indoors and a maximum of 50 mourners outdoors allowed for funerals. There are no changes to weddings.
Indoor community sport
Non-contact sport for people aged 18 years and under permitted indoors for sports capable of social distancing.
A maximum of 20 people now allowed inside indoor pools. They will be open for all ages.
Casinos now able to have 10 people per room with a maximum of 10 separate rooms being used, for electronic gaming machines and tables.
Bookings open to members of a single household, intimate partners, or members of a household and two adults and any dependants.
What will change from November 22
All going to plan, the Victorian government will enact its final step out of lockdown and reach 'COVID normal' in two weeks' time. Here's what's expected to change from midnight on November 22:
Household and outdoor gatherings
Restrictions on visiting others' homes will further ease but these gatherings will still have to remain small.
Up to 10 people at a time will be able to visit a household, not including the residents of the household.
Outdoors, the limit on gatherings will increase to a maximum of 50 people, with infants under 12 months excluded.
Restaurants, cafes, pubs and other venues will be able to host up to 100 patrons indoors so long as the four square metre rule is maintained.
Outside, this increases to up to 200 people with a maximum density of one person per two square metres.
Gyms and sport
From November 22, gyms and other indoor fitness centres will be able to have up to 100 people indoors, with a maximum of 20 people in an exercise class.
Indoor skate parks, trampoline centres and play centres will be capped at 50 people, with groups up to 24 each of those two settings
Outdoor sporting venues will be allowed to host up to 500 people at a time, in groups of up to 50.
The limits on swimming pools will also rise, with up to 50 people indoors and no caps for outdoor pools, so long as the four square metre rule is upheld.
Sports stadiums will also be allowed to reopen to crowds, with large venues allowed to seat up to 25 per cent of their overall capacity with the four square-metre rule also in place.
Bookings at hotels, motels and the like will open to up to 10 people from any number of households.
Religious gatherings, weddings and funerals
Up to 100 people will be allowed to gather inside at places of worship, segregated into groups of 20.
Outdoors, up to 500 people will be allowed to gather placed in groups of 50.
Larger weddings will also be given the go-ahead, with up to 100 people allowed to attend celebrations at venues. However, the limit for private weddings held inside homes will remain at 10.
The same limitations will also apply to funerals.
Cinemas, libraries and community venues
Up to 100 people will be allowed in cinemas, theatres, libraries and other community spaces.
Similarly to places of worship, these will be placed into groups of 20 people.
Nursing homes and care facilities
Family and friends will be able to visit their loved ones in nursing homes and other care homes, with up to five people from two households at a time.
There will be no time limit on these visits and children will be allowed to attend.
Those living in care will also be permitted to take excursions out of the facility.
Gaming and casinos
Gaming machines will be able to operate with a maximum of one person per four square metres.
A total cap on people in casinos is yet to be determined, but the four square metre rule will apply.
Hair and beauty salons
From November 22, the restrictions around the wearing of masks in specific circumstances will ease, with patrons able to remove their mask for beard trimmings, piercings and facials.
The service provider is still required to wear a mask in these settings.
Outdoor auctions will be able to go ahead with up to 50 people in attendence.
Inside, the limit will be 20 people with a space requirement of one person per four square metres.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-final-step-restrictions-household-gatherings-hospitality/ca57ded0-521d-44f6-bd49-99cbe5d5ee7f