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Regional Victoria’s lockdown to end at midnight. Here are the new restrictions, and what Melbourne can expect

Byaayme

Aug 9, 2021

As Victoria continues to battle the latest COVID-19 outbreak, there is some good news.

Regional areas will be released from lockdown from 11:59pm.

So what do those restrictions look like? Is it safe to open up? How is the metro-regional divide going to be enforced? And when will it be Melbourne’s turn?

We answer all your questions right here.

Masks must be carried at all times.

You must wear a mask indoors and outdoors unless you are at home, visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exemption applies.

What about the Vic-NSW border?

NSW has been designated an extreme risk zone.

Border community residents in an extreme risk zone can enter Victoria without a permit, but only for the following permitted reasons:

  • Necessary goods and services, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test or COVID-19 vaccine
  • Caregiving or compassionate reasons
  • Paid or voluntary work
  • Education (including childcare and early childhood services)
  • Sport and exercise at a sporting club or at a physical recreation facility (excluding alpine resorts)
  • Visiting an intimate partner
  • Moving house, inspecting a property or attending an auction
  • Driving someone who cannot drive themselves for one of the above reasons
  • Travelling between places in Victoria where it is easier to travel through NSW

What about in-home visits and public gatherings?

No visitors are allowed at your home except for intimate-partner visits. The single person bubble will apply.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said authorities were still making inquiries about the latest outbreak, but they believed there might have been some household to household contact involved.

Outdoor gatherings in public spaces in regional Victoria can occur with up to 10 people.

Can I work?

If you can work from home, you should work from home. 

At the office, work is permitted for up to 25 per cent or a limit of 10 people, whichever is greater.

What about hospitality?

Food and hospitality will open for seated service only, a density requirement of one person per 4sqm will apply, with a maximum of 100 people per venue.

Venues smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people before density requirements apply.

Retail can also open and personal services such as beauty and tattooing can resume. Face masks can be removed where required for the service to be performed.

What about schools?

Onsite learning open to all students, with a  density limit of one person per 4sqm applies, except in spaces used by students.

Masks required indoors and outdoors by children 12 years and over in high school

Higher education and training is open, however, if you can study from home, you should.

Weddings and funerals limited

Weddings can have up to 50 people at a venue, not including the celebrant or the two witnesses.  This limit doesn’t include infants under 12 months of age.

Funerals can also have up to 50 mourners at a venue, plus those necessary to conduct the funeral.  Children under 12 months of age are not counted towards the cap.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed, with density requirements of one person per 4sqm, and no more than 100 people total indoors and 300 people outdoors per venue.

A COVID Check-In Marshal must be present.

 A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before density quotient applies.

Physical recreation and sport

Community sport is open for all ages, including training and competition.

Only the minimum number of participants (players, coaches, referees, officials, and carers or parents) needed to train or compete are permitted to attend, subject to a density quotient of one person per 4 sqm.

Spectators are not permitted.

Entertainment and leisure

Entertainment venues can have up to 300 people per outdoor space with a density requirement of one person per 4 sqm and a cap of 100 people per space indoors.

All entertainment facilities are required to have a COVID Check-in Marshal to monitor patrons checking-in with the Service Victoria app.

Auction

Auctions are permitted with a maximum patron cap of 100 people indoors or outdoors.

Inspections are permitted with a private appointment, to a maximum of 10 people, subject to density quotient of one person per 4sqm. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

So, is lifting the regional lockdown safe?

The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the decision had been made after no cases had been detected in the regions during the first four days of lockdown.

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