The Victorian Government has announced that there will be changes to restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne from 11:59pm on Sunday, 18 October.
The changes announced today will mean that Victorians will be able to safely see more of their friends and more Victorians can start going back to work.
These are the important changes to understand if you live in metropolitan Melbourne:
- You can travel up to 25 km from your home for shopping, exercise or for outdoor social gatherings.
- 10 people from a maximum of two households can meet outdoors for a social gathering in a public place like a park. You cannot travel further than 25 km.
- There is no time limit on how long you can exercise or socialise outdoors.
- Hairdressing will be open and permitted allied health services will be fully open.
- More outdoor work can resume. This includes non-essential outdoor home maintenance and repairs, house painters, car washing, mobile pet groomers, outdoor photography and pool cleaners.
Additionally there will also be some changes to restrictions in regional Victoria from 11:59pm on Sunday, 18 October.
These are the important changes to understand if you live in regional Victoria:
- You are allowed to have two people (plus dependants) visit your home, once a day. They do not have to be from the same household. The household bubble no longer exists.
- You can have up to 20 people at an outdoor religious gathering.
- Libraries and toy libraries can also open for up to 20 people.
- At hospitality venues, you can have up to 70 people outside (1 person per 2 square metres) and up to 40 people inside (10 people maximum per closed space, 1 person per 4 square metres)
The Victorian Government has also announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move to the full Third Step of the roadmap for reopening by 11:59pm on Sunday, 1 November. This will mean the reopening of restaurants and cafes, retail and personal services.
You are still required to wear a face mask whenever you leave home, covering your nose and mouth. You cannot wear a face covering such as a scarf, bandana or face shield.
If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), please get tested immediately and isolate at home until you receive your results. There is support available for people who cannot go to work while they isolate at home. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/employee-isolation-payment-covid-19 .
For more details on what is allowed under these restrictions, visit vic.gov.au/roadmap .