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Australia No masks outdoors, limits lifted in Melbourne expected rule easing

04:50  16 june  2021
04:50  16 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Two Australian states are on COVID-19 alert after an infected woman and her husband travelled from Victoria, the epicentre of country's latest outbreak, through the states of New South Wales and into Queensland, visiting dozens of sites enroute.

Spring Street weighs lifting outdoor mask rule , regional travel ban. The travel ban between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne could be lifted this week along with the requirement to wear masks outdoors as senior state government ministers met late on Tuesday to consider easing coronavirus restrictions. Under the plan being thrashed out with Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s team, eight senior cabinet ministers led by acting Premier James Merlino were discussing moving Melbourne to the same settings as regional Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday.

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Mandatory mask-wearing rules are expected to be scrapped from 11.59pm Thursday and limits on home gatherings lifted as Melbourne emerges from its harsh Covid-19 lockdown.

Victoria reported five new local cases on Wednesday - three of which are linked to known outbreaks - after recording only two additional community infections on Tuesday.

Health officials are expected to discuss easing restrictions in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning as the spread of the city's latest outbreak slows.

The rule forcing Melburnians to wear a mask when outdoors and travel no further than 25km from their homes could also be axed on Thursday night, The Herald Sun reported.

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But the rules are still pretty strict. Public outdoor gatherings are limited to five people from up to two households, not including babies under 12 months. You also still can't visit people at their homes unless they're an intimate partner or your "single social bubble" buddy. The bubble means you and your nominated person can visit each other to socialise, as long as you both live in Melbourne . You also both must wear face masks .

The limit on wedding guest numbers will be removed but venues will still have to adhere to other rules . Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there would be a review after two weeks and he was "confident" the delay would not need to be longer than four weeks. However, he told a Downing Street press conference he could not rule out the possibility the date could be pushed back further. Scientists advising the government had warned of a "significant resurgence" in people needing hospital treatment for Covid-19 if stage four of easing the lockdown went ahead on 21 June.

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Public gathering limits are set to rise from 10 to 20 and capacity restrictions in bars and restaurants from 100 to 150, while gyms may be allowed to re-open.

The ban on Melburnians having guests at their homes could also be lifted to bring the city's restrictions into line with those in regional Victoria.

Since last Friday, regional Victorians are allowed to welcome a maximum of two adults per household.

The cap on community sport, which is set at 50 participants, may also be lifted.

However, a government source said an announcement about whether restrictions could be eased could be put off until Thursday morning.

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VICTORIA'S SOCIAL DISTANCING RESTRICTIONS

From Friday, June 11:

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Most mixing rules lifted outdoors , with a limit of 30 people meeting in parks or gardens. Indoor mixing will be allowed, up to six people or, if it is more people, two households. Indoor venues such as the inside of pubs and restaurants, hotels and B&Bs, play centres, cinemas, museums and group exercise classes will reopen. It will report on 12 April, but international travel will not resume before 17 May at the earliest. A review of social distancing, for example the 1 metre-plus rule , and on masks and working from home. This will conclude before step 4.

Capacity limits for sports, pubs and cinemas will remain, and nightclubs will remain closed. The number of guests at weddings and wakes will no longer be limited to 30, but restrictions on these events will remain. The delay is designed to allow more people to be vaccinated and have second doses amid rising cases of the Delta variant. Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay in the final easing of coronavirus restrictions in England planned for next Monday. Citing a rise in infections of the Delta variant, he said the government now intended to lift the existing curbs on 19 July.

Melbourne

What you can do:

Travel 25km from your house

Have an outdoor gathering with up to 10 people

Go to school for face-to-face learning

Go to a funeral with maximum 50 people and weddings at 10

Go to restaurants and cafes to reopen, with a maximum 100 people outside and 50 people inside

Go to retail shops, with a one person per four square metre density limit

Get your hair done with a mask on

Play community sport with 50 people outdoors

What you can't do

Have a party, stand at bars, go to a nightclub or concert

Have any guests round to your house

Go to the gym

Travel further than 25km from your home unless in exceptional circumstances

Regional Victoria - already subject to the above rules, but with extra easing

Visit another home, with a cap of two adults per household

Gather in pubic with up to 20 people

Go to a restaurant or cafes with up to 150 people seated outdoors or 75 indoors

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Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a face mask or stay 6 feet away from others in most settings, whether outdoors or indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated public health guidance released Thursday. The announcement from the CDC comes just ahead of the Memorial Day and Fourth of July parade season. President Joe Biden has said he hopes to see enough Americans vaccinated by Independence Day to safely hold outdoor gatherings.

New rules have been put in place to cover weddings - and it's good news for couples who want to celebrate their happy day with more than 30 people. Guest limit lifted . But despite pushing back the lifting of restrictions on June 21, the Prime Minister has lifted the limit on numbers allowed to attend weddings. It means there is no longer a cap on the number of guests permitted - it is down to individual venues. The new rules mean weddings taking place in Covid-secure venues must take a risk assessment to assess the number of people who can be there, within social distancing guidelines.

Attend a religious ceremony, with a cap of 150 people outdoors or 75 indoors

Attend a funerals with a cap of 75 and weddings with a maximum of 20

In addition to five new local cases, the state's health officials said three infections were also acquired overseas from 17,538 tests in the past 24 hours.

Three of the cases are linked to known outbreaks, Victoria's Department of Health said.

The state on Tuesday afternoon previously recorded two surprise new cases of coronavirus linked to a townhouse where an aged care worker tested positive.

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Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed the new cases were linked to the Kings Park Apartment Complex on Dodds and Wells Streets in Southbank.

The cases, both men, will be included in Wednesday's tally - as a mass testing initiative of the building is now underway.

More than 200 people have been tested so far and the building is locked down until they confirm it hasn't spread further.

Covid-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said the two new cases live in separate apartments 'adjacent to the four other positive cases that we've already seen in that wider complex'.

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He said the chance of spreading between apartments was low and supported the idea of people remaining in their flats despite problems with cross-infection in hotels.

'We don't have any evidence of apartment-to-apartment transition like in hotel quarantine,' Weimar said.

'I don't think we see the direct parallels.'

Hundreds of people who live in the low-rise complex were forced into self-isolation on Sunday, after authorities established a link between two previous coronavirus cases who live there.

A total of six people who live in the apartment have tested positive for Covid-19.

'Those two positive cases are connected to some communal areas that we are concerned about, thoroughfares within that particular complex,' Weimar told reporters.

The first three cases were transferred to hotel quarantine upon testing positive.

One positive case, a baby, is still in the complex with its mother.

Mr Foley said more than 200 residents were tested on Sunday.

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