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Australia Melbourne wakes to more freedom as restrictions lifted

00:41  28 september  2020
00:41  28 september  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Melburnians have woken to a bit more freedom this morning, as the city's tight curfew was lifted overnight.

Yesterday Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announced restrictions would be eased as the state's coronavirus numbers continue to decline.

But some say the changes haven't gone far enough, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging more to be done in the coming weeks.

a group of people walking down a street in front of a building: Pedestrians wearing masks outside Flinders Street station in Melbourne. © Getty Pedestrians wearing masks outside Flinders Street station in Melbourne.


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"It will be important that more be done in the weeks ahead to safely ease more restrictions," Mr Morrison said.

"As many epidemiologists have encouraged, we would support Victoria in reviewing the trigger of five and zero cases with regards to the third and last steps.

"As it stands this lockdown is already longer than that faced by residents in many cities around the world. We remain deeply concerned about the mental health impacts of a prolonged lock down on Melbourne residents."

From today, around 127,000 Melburnians will be able to return to work, while residents will be permitted to meet outside in groups of up to five people from two households.

"That is more than what we had hoped to be able to achieve," Mr Andrews said yesterday.

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Melbourne 's 9pm curfew will finally be lifted tomorrow night after the state recorded just 16 new cases and far Rules on face masks are also more restrictive with scarves, bandannas and similar banned and face Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to tweak lockdown restrictions on Sunday following

The Melbourne curfew was imposed on August 2 along with a raft of other restrictions as cases of coronavirus soared in the city of roughly five million. Andrews said several other restrictions will also be lifted , allowing workers in a number of industries to return and small religious services to resume.

"It's not as much as people would want, but it is very important that we take those steps safely."

The limit of one person going shopping once per day will also be removed.

"But I would just say go shopping for the things you need when you need them," Mr Andrews said.

"It doesn't need to be just a solo, one person any longer, but that is not an invitation… for an entire family group to go to the supermarket.

"That is not consistent with us limiting the spread of this virus."

Daniel Andrews wearing a suit and tie: Daniel Andrews has welcomed the lift on lockdown. © nine Daniel Andrews has welcomed the lift on lockdown.


One person will also be allowed to visit a friend or relative in hospital once each day for a maximum of two hours.

For those under 18 years of age, two parents or carers can visit with no time limit.

"At times of great stress it is really important to be able to be as close to loved ones as is safe," he said.

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FACE COVERINGS

Must be a fitted face mask that covers nose and mouth - not a face shield. There will be a week's grace period before the rule is enforced.


CURFEW

Lifted at 5am from September 28.


SHOPPING

No limit on number of people from one household.


EDUCATION

VCE and VCAL students return for assessments from October 5, Prep to Grade 6, specialist school students, and VCE/VCAL students return onsite from the week of 12 October.

CHILDCARE

Open to all children – permit not required.

Five kilometre limit does not apply.

One childminder allowed for in-home childcare.


PUBLIC GATHERINGS OUTSIDE

A household or limit of five people from two households allowed. Penalty for illegal gatherings outdoors and in the home increases to nearly $5000.


RECREATION AND EXERCISE

Exercise allowed within five kilometres of your workplace for permitted workers, as well as your home. Outdoor pools open, with conditions.


WEDDINGS

Limit of five including the couple and two witnesses in outdoor spaces.


RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS

Limit of five people plus one faith leader for outdoor gatherings and ceremonies.

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CEMETERIES AND RESTING PLACES

Visits allowed on milestone dates subject to conditions.


TERMINALLY ILL GATHERINGS

Limit of 10 people or a household subject to approval by the CHO and other conditions.


a person standing in front of a brick building: School will likely return to normal from October if numbers continue like the current ones. © Getty School will likely return to normal from October if numbers continue like the current ones.

CARE FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS

One visitor per day for maximum of two hours Patient under 18 years – two parents/carers can visit with no time limit.


INDUSTRY

Extra 127,000 workers return to various industries with COVID Safe plans. Worker reduction will no longer apply to warehousing, postal and distribution centres, supermarket and food distribution. Wholesale business not previously allowed will open at 67 per cent of normal daily worker level.


MEAT AND SEAFOOD PROCESSING

Workforce capacity increased to 80 per cent for meat and seafood processing. Increased to 90 per cent for poultry. Regional Victorian workforce capacity increases to 90 per cent for meat, seafood and poultry.


CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE

Residential inspections allowed subject to conditions. Baseline for large-scale construction increases from 25 per cent of the total workforce to 85 per cent. Specialist contractors on small-scale sites can visit up to five sites per week, with a maximum of two per day.

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GARDENING/LANDSCAPING AND SOLE TRADERS

Gardening, landscaping and garden maintenance businesses who have an ABN added to permitted worker list from September 28. Conditions require they can safely work alone, outside and have no contact with customers.

a man riding a bicycle on a city street: People can return to outdoor exercise, with provisions. © Getty People can return to outdoor exercise, with provisions.


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VEHICLES

Scheduled and logbook servicing and safety inspections allowed for boats and vehicles.


OUTDOOR PERSONAL TRAINING

Limit of two people plus the personal trainer.


DENTAL & ALLIED HEALTH

Non-urgent services allowed with COVID Safe plan AHPRA-registered professionals and other allied health professionals can resume some face-to-face appointments.


PET GROOMING

Allowed at retail stores for animal welfare.


Reasons to leave home

During the second step, there are still only four reasons that you can leave home, and you need to stay local (within five kilometres from home):

  1. Shop for food and necessary goods or services
  2. Provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  3. Outdoor exercise or recreation
  4. For permitted work or education

Thousands back to work

Under an accelerated roadmap out of stage four lockdowns, 127,000 Melbourne residents will be able to return to work across various industries.

"Each of those industries will have a COVID safe plan," Mr Andrews said.

This is 27,000 workers more than what was original forecast under the government's second step out of stage four lockdowns.


a large stadium with green grass with Melbourne Cricket Ground in the background: The changes come just in time for lots of anxious footy finals fans. © Getty The changes come just in time for lots of anxious footy finals fans.


Other changes include opening childcare to all children and the resumption of face-to-face learning for all Melbourne primary school students from October 12.

VCE and VCAL students will be returning to school for assessments from the start of Term Four on October 5.

The return to face-to-face learning will take a staggered approach, with not all students on campus at the same time.

Melbourne's rolling 14-day average now stands at 22.1 cases per day after the latest figures.


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