Following the low number of COVID-19 cases in both metropolitan and regional Victoria, the Premier announced a number of changes to community restrictions. These changes came into play Sunday, 18 October 11:59pm.
Most notably, for members in metro Melbourne:
- The five-kilometre limit for exercise and shopping has now been extended to 25 kilometres.
Customers are therefore now able to visit a workshop up to 25 kilometres away from their residence. If a specialist and/or brand-specific workplace is required, travel beyond this radius is permitted in order to access these services.
- Car washing services, including automated, self-service, or those undertaken in line with social distancing requirements are open. Services must operate solely outdoors with up to five people where social distancing can be maintained. Businesses must have an ABN.
A summary of general takeaways is listed below.
- The two-hour time limit for exercise and socialising has been lifted
- Groups of up to 10 people (from two households) are able to gather in outdoor public places
- All allied health professionals currently operating are able to resume routine face-to-face care, although continued use of telehealth is encouraged.
- Libraries and toy libraries can open to a maximum of 20 people indoors (subject to density limits)
- People can hold outdoor religious gatherings with up to 20 people
- Hospitality businesses are able to host up to 40 customers indoors and up to 70 outdoors, subject to health measures including COVIDSafe plans being in place.
From 1 November, the State Government plans to ease restrictions further – subject to trigger points and public health advice. The aim is for Victoria to move from 'stay home' to 'stay safe' measures – with no restrictions on the reasons to leave home. At this point, businesses will be permitted to reopen, as long as a COVIDSafe Plan is in place.
The full list of metro Melbourne and regional Victoria changes are available on the Premier's website.
Although Victoria is moving closer toward COVID-19 Normal operations and case numbers are down, it is important to remain vigilant. Members are reminded to keep wearing a mask, keep social distancing and if feeling unwell – to get tested and stay home.
For more information
Premier of Victoria: Statement From The Premier 18 October 2020
State Government of Victoria: Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening