Australia Raft of restrictions to ease in Victoria

07:40  23 june  2021
07:40  23 june  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Restrictions will significantly lift across Victoria from 11.59pm tomorrow as the state's latest COVID-19 outbreak is brought under control.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Acting Premier James Merlino said crowds would be back at the footy on the weekend. © Nine Acting Premier James Merlino said crowds would be back at the footy on the weekend.

Acting Premier James Merlino today confirmed public gatherings will be allowed with up to 50 people and household gatherings will be permitted with up to 15 visitors to a home per day, including dependents.

Funerals and weddings can move to a cap of 300 people, subject to the density limits of the venue.


Office limits can increase to a cap of 75 per cent or 30 people, whichever is greater.

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Physical recreation and community sporting venues will be able to have up to 300 people per indoor space and 1000 people outdoors, subject to density limits.

Seated entertainment venues will be able to increase capacity up to 75 per cent, with a maximum of 300 people per space indoors and 1000 people outdoors.

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Masks are still required to be worn indoors.

Two visitors at a time and up to five visitors per day will be allowed at hospital and care facilities.

Regional Victoria will be able to move to a density limit of one person per two square metres provided a COVID check-in martial is present to require people to check-in at venues.

The limit applies to physical recreation venues, community facilities, creative studios and places of worship.

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Melbourne restaurants and cafes can now open to a maximum of 300 patrons per venue for seated service, subject to a density quotient of one person per four square metres.

Smaller venues will be able to host up to 25 people before applying the density limit.

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Footy crowds return

Mr Merlino also said crowds could return to sporting events this weekend.

"Outdoor stadiums can have 50 per cent of the venue capacity," he said.

"This means the A-League grand final can proceed with 15,000 people and the MCG can host 25,000 people."

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Indoor stadiums can also have 50 per cent capacity, up to a limit of 5000 people.

Mr Merlino said all things going well, from 11.59pm on July 1, indoor and outdoor stadiums will be able to increase to 85 per cent capacity, which includes the likes of the MCG, Marvel Stadium and AAMI Park.

"I'm also very pleased to announce we'll be able to get crowds back to our biggest events," Mr Merlino said.

"This will take us back to the settings we had before this outbreak started and I know people will be keen to get back to the footy, to watch the NBL and A-League finals or go to Harry Potter or Frozen or any of our other great events happening across the state."

Victoria's new COVID-19 settings will be in place for the next fortnight, Mr Merlino said.

"We've put the settings in place for a fortnight so the Victorians can plan ahead for the school holidays and we hope that this helps," he said.

"But as always, we'll keep assessing the data each and every day and watching closely what's happening in NSW."


Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said the Whittlesea, Port Melbourne and West Melbourne outbreaks were "nearing the final clearance stages" of being declared over.

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A raft of restrictions are set to ease in Victoria. © Getty A raft of restrictions are set to ease in Victoria.

The state's focus remains on the Kings Park townhouse cluster.

"I am pleased we're in a much more stable condition with our outbreaks allowing us to take another cautious step open," Professor Sutton said.

"What I stress is it's not a signal that it's all behind us. There are continuing challenges through this winter and this week."

The easing of restrictions comes as Victoria recorded another day of zero local cases of coronavirus.



Victoria has shut its border to a large chunk of Sydney as 16 new cases were recorded today and new restrictions were introduced in parts of New South Wales.

Victoria's Department of Health now considers the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick council areas to be red zones.

Professor Sutton said the decision to shut Victoria's borders to the seven Sydney LGAs was not a decision he made lightly.

"I have been speaking every day on AHPPC with my Chief Health Officer counterparts and officers in their public health units, in particular in Queensland and NSW," he said.

"We constantly share information about the emerging risk profiles of outbreaks, the exposure sites, its transmission events, to give us as much clarity as we can get to make decisions based on protecting Victorians as my primary focus."

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a man holding a sign posing for the camera: Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said shutting the border to certain Sydney areas was necessary. © Nine Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said shutting the border to certain Sydney areas was necessary.

He warned people who tried to enter Victoria at land borders from a red zone without a permit will be sent back.

People who attempted to enter via an airport or seaport without a permit will be fined and will have to stay in hotel quarantine until their return transport is arranged.

Anyone who has been to a high-risk exposure site requiring 14 days of quarantine cannot get a permit to enter Victoria.

A red zone means non-Victorian residents who have been in the hotspot areas in the past two weeks are banned from entering the state.

Victorians returning home from the areas must get a red zone permit and quarantine at home for 14 days.

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