What are Victoria’s new COVID restrictions?

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The Victorian government has announced new coronavirus restrictions for Greater Melbourne and separate rules for regional areas to apply from 11.59pm on Thursday in response to the latest outbreak. This is a rolling story that will be updated as we get new information so please come back to check on the latest rules.



Announcing the changes, Acting Premier James Merlino said the government understood the impact of isolation.

“We know that since the pandemic started, distance has been one of the hardest things to live with, distance from our neighbours, workplaces, places we love and people we love,” he said.

“We know it has been for a reason, keeping our distance. We have kept ourselves and others safe.”

Greater Melbourne restrictions


Socialising

Melburnians will again be able to welcome visitors to their homes.

There will be a limit of two adults per day as visitors into a home not including dependents. Public gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed.

Travel limit

The 25km limit on travel outside the home will be scrapped. Movement to regional Victoria is unrestricted.

Travel to Alpine Resorts is permitted if visitors have a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne. Visitors will have to show proof of the test to be allowed entry to the ski fields.

Masks

Masks will no longer be mandatory in outside areas but will still need to be carried at all times.

Masks still must be worn indoors except at home or unless an exemption applies.

“Masks will no longer be required in outdoors, however they’re still recommended where you cannot maintain at least 1.5 metre distance from others,” Mr Merlino said.

Work

If you can work from home then you should continue to work from home.

Offices will be subject to a 50 per cent capacity limit or up to 20 people if the total workplace has fewer than 40 workers.

Physical recreation and sport

Gyms can reopen and community sport will resume for all age groups for both training and competition.

Sport participants will be limited to the minimum required to facilitate the activity (such as players, coaches) and must be within venue limits.

A density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres will apply and a maximum venue capacity of 150 including no more than 50 indoors.

Spectators are not allowed except people required for the sport to take place such as “teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches, umpires, carers, parents and guardians”.

More to come

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