Australia Victoria's new COVID-19 restrictions explained
Victoria marks five days of zero local cases, restrictions on track to ease
Victoria has recorded its fifth day of zero local coronavirus cases as the state looks to further ease restrictions on Friday. The number of active cases in the state has dropped to 20, with more than 20,000 people being tested in the past 24 hours.There were no new infections detected in hotel quarantine as international flights arriving into Victoria continue to remain paused.LIVE UPDATES: Tiger Woods injured in LA car crashhttps://twitter.com/VicGovDH/status/1364319021588488194Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday said the state was "well placed" to ease restrictions come midnight on Friday.
Victoria has relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions, with thefrom 11.59pm today.
The measures were initially in place over the Christmas period, prior to the Black Rock outbreak stemming from Sydney cases.
The easing of restrictions comes as the state recorded two new local cases of coronavirus today, both being primary close contacts linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the cases had been undergoing hotel quarantine during their infectious period and posed "no risk" to the community.
Here is everything you need to know about restrictions easing in Victoria.
Victoria on track to end snap lockdown with no new local cases
Health experts say the state is placed well to come out of lockdown tonight.Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged ending the state's third lockdown tonight, with senior government ministers meeting overnight to discuss the situation.
The number of visitors to homes will be expanded to 30 people, up from the current limit of five.
Up to 100 people will be allowed to gather outdoors.
Mask rules ease
Masks will only be mandatory in some high-risk indoor settings including public transport, rideshare and taxi vehicles and large retail settings such as shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.
Workplace capacity increases
Public and private sector workplaces will be able to have 75 per cent of workers return to offices, the largest number it has been since the start of the pandemic.
Premier Daniel Andrews to hold presser on relaxing Victoria's restrictions
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is due to front the media in a press conference today to announce whether the state will ease COVID-19 restrictions. The highly anticipated announcement comes as the state recorded two local cases of coronavirus overnight, both being primary close contacts of infections linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak.No time has been confirmed yet but you will be able to livestream it at the top of this article as well as on 9news.com.au.The Department of Health this morning declared the two new cases were already in quarantine during their infectious period.
Density limits in pubs, restaurants and cafes will remain at one person per two square metres for both indoors and outdoors, with no other cap.
No density limits will be required if the patron number is under 25.
Food courts must follow the one person per two square metres rule.
Hairdressing and beauty services
Hairdressing and beauty services can operate at one person per two square metres.
U.S. COVID Cases Are Down, but the Virus Isn't in Retreat
The outbreak is moving in the right direction, but experts told Newsweek they fear progress could be jeopardized by complacency and new variants.On Sunday, the U.S. reported 72,000 new COVID cases, 67,000 people hospitalized with the disease, and 1,363 deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project. That was down from the all-time high at the start of January when 1.7 million cases were reported in a week. Similarly, hospitalizations have fallen from their record of 132,000 in early January, and fatalities were down for the second week in a row as of Thursday.
Masks are no longer required.
Retail stores also remain at the one person per two square metres density limit.
Weddings and funerals
Subject to a density limit of one person per two square metres, but no caps apply.
Religious gatherings and ceremonies
Religious gatherings will follow the same rules as weddings and funerals, being subject to a density limit of one person per two square metres.
Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases from more than 17,000 tests
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state is "well placed" to further lift coronavirus restrictions this week, after recording no new cases of COVID-19 for a fourth straight day. Victoria processed 17,270 test results on Monday. One person with COVID-19 remains in hospital, but they are not in intensive care.Victoria has not received any international passengers for more than a week after "pausing" the intake indefinitely ahead of a snap five-day lockdown which began on Friday, February 12.The lockdown lifted on Thursday, with tighter rules on gatherings and mask-wearing set to stay until this Friday.
The same one person per two square metre rule applies to nightclubs and community facilities, like libraries, RSLs and community halls.
Gyms remain at a density limit of one person per four square metres – with exercise classes limited to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.
Inspections and auctions can operate with a density of one person per two square metres.
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Seated entertainment venues (indoors and outdoors): The patron cap is 75 per cent of seated capacity with a maximum of 1000 per space. All activities must be ticketed.
Indoor non-seated venues (such as galleries): The patron cap is up to 50 per cent of total capacity, with a maximum patron cap of 1000 people per space.
Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (such as zoos): The one person per two square metres rule must be followed.
Gaming: The one person per four square metres rule must be followed and machines must be 1.5 metres apart or every second machine turned off.
Standing service is permitted and the one person per four square metres rule on a dancefloor must be followed, with a maximum of 50 people.
The one person per two square metres rule applies everywhere else in the venue.
Aged care facilities and hospitals
No restrictions on number of visits or time limits.
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