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Australia New COVID-19 restrictions for regional Victoria and Melbourne from 11:59pm Thursday

07:40  23 june  2021
07:40  23 june  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Victoria will come back together this week, as restrictions are eased further in Melbourne and in the regions . Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says the state is not at a stage of COVID -normal just yet, and some restrictions will remain in place. He says the rules will apply to each location and venue, rather than following Melburnians from the city to regional Victoria . Here are all the new rules and restrictions that will be in place for at least seven days from 11 : 59 pm on Thursday , June 17. Melbourne : Masks.

Restrictions are easing again as Victoria charts its path out of the latest COVID outbreak. This means you can have more people in your home, bigger gatherings outside, and more people in cafes and restaurants. Other rules around masks are here for a bit longer. Here are all the new rules and restrictions that will be in place for at least two weeks from 11 : 59 pm on Thursday , June 24. Melbourne : Movement. There are no restrictions on travel within Victoria . It is no longer mandatory to get a negative COVID - 19 test result within 72 hours of visiting alpine resorts, but it is recommended.

Restrictions are easing again as Victoria charts its path out of the latest COVID outbreak.

Density limits are one of the key differences, with many regional venues offered the opportunity to double their capacity, but only if they have a COVID check-in marshal in place.

Broadly, the changes mean you can have more people in your home, bigger gatherings outside, and more people in cafes and restaurants.

Other rules around masks are here for a bit longer.

Here are all the new rules and restrictions that will be in place for at least two weeks from 11:59pm on Thursday, June 24.

Melbourne: Masks

No change. Mandatory indoors, except in the home.

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The Victorian Government has announced changes to restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne from 11 : 59 pm on Thursday 3 June 2021. to get a COVID - 19 vaccination. Victoria Police will be checking cross-border travellers during the current restrictions .

Victorian authorities have confirmed Melbourne 's lockdown will be extended for at least another week. But there are some changes coming as well, with different restrictions between Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria . The new rules come into effect on Thursday , June 3 at 11 : 59 pm , and will stay in place for at least a week. Melburnians cannot travel to regional Victoria . The new restrictions for regional Victoria . If the regions can remain COVID -free, here is what will change from 11 : 59 pm on Thursday .

Recommended outdoors when you cannot keep a 1.5-metre distance from others.

Regional: Masks

No change. Mandatory indoors, except in the home.

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Recommended outdoors when you cannot keep a 1.5-metre distance from others.

Melbourne: Movement

There are no restrictions on travel within Victoria.

It is no longer mandatory to get a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of visiting alpine resorts, but it is recommended.

Regional: Movement

There are no restrictions on travel within Victoria.

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Home gatherings limited to 15 visitors per day, together or separately, including dependents (infants under 12 months do not count).

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Restrictions will further ease for regional Victoria from 11 . 59 pm tomorrow. Household gatherings can occur with up to two adults per day, plus dependents. Public gatherings have been increased to 20 people. Mr Merlino said restrictions would likely further ease across Melbourne and regional Victoria next Thursday night. The restrictions preventing travel between regional and Melbourne will likely be scrapped then. "The regional /metro divisions will come down and we'll be able to travel more freely around the state again," he said.

From 11 . 59 pm Thursday 10 June, the five reasons to leave your home will no longer apply and you can travel up to 25 kilometres for any reason in metropolitan Melbourne . The only reasons travel more than 25 kilometres from your home will be care and care giving, work if you cannot do it from home Restrictions are in place for passengers from greater Melbourne travelling across the South Australian border. Please visit the SA Government COVID - 19 website to ensure you are permitted to travel before you board your service or book your ticket. Restrictions are also in effect for Victorians travelling to

Public gatherings outdoors, such as picnics, can have up to 50 people.

Regional: Gatherings

Home gatherings limited to 15 visitors per day, together or separately, including dependents (infants under 12 months do not count).

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Public gatherings outdoors, such as picnics, can have up to 50 people.

Melbourne: Hospitals and care

Two visitors at a time and up to five per day in hospitals and care facilities, except for end of life.

The visitors can be from different households and no time limit applies.

Regional: Hospitals and care

Two visitors at a time and up to five per day in hospitals and care facilities, except for end of life.

The visitors can be from different households and no time limit applies.

Melbourne: Education and childcare

The requirement for higher education students to study from home is removed.

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A density limit of one person per 4 square metres applies to non-student areas across schools and higher education and training.

Early learning, child care, kinder and family day care remain open.

Regional: Education and childcare

The requirement for higher education students to study from home is removed.

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A density limit of one person per 2 square metres applies to non-student areas across schools and higher education and training.

Early learning, child care, kinder and family day care remain open.

Melbourne: Workplaces

The work from home requirement is removed.

75 per cent of people can return, or up to 30 people if the total workplace is 40 or fewer.

Density limit of one person per 4 square metres still applies.

Creative studios can open with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres and a venue cap of 300 people.

Creative studios less than 600 square metres in size can operate with a density limit of one person per 2 square metres up to a venue cap of 150 people, but only if they have a COVID check-in marshal at the entrance.

Regional: Workplaces

The work from home requirement is removed.

75 per cent of people can return, or up to 30 people if the total workplace is 40 or fewer.

Density limit of one person per 2 square metres still applies.

Creative studios can open with a density limit of one person per 2 square metres when a COVID check-in marshal is at the entrance, otherwise a density limit of one person per 4 square metres. No overall venue cap.

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Melbourne: Shopping

All retail is open, with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

Auction houses have no patron cap but must abide by the same density limit.

Regional: Shopping

All retail and auction houses are open, with a density limit of one person per 2 square metres, if a COVID check-in marshal is in place.

If there is no marshal, a stricter density cap of one person per 4 square metres applies.

Retail venues can have up to 25 patrons before the density limit applies.

Melbourne: Weddings and funerals

Weddings are allowed both indoors and outdoors with up to 300 people, subject to the venue's density limit.

Dancefloors are not permitted.

Funerals are allowed indoors and outdoors with up to 300 people plus those necessary to conduct the funeral, subject to venue density limits.

Regional: Weddings and funerals

Weddings are allowed both indoors and outdoors with up to 300 people, subject to the venue's density limit.

Dancefloors are not permitted.

Funerals are allowed indoors and outdoors with up to 300 people plus those necessary to conduct the funeral, subject to venue density limits.

Melbourne: Entertainment

Indoor fixed-seating entertainment can open to up to 75 per cent of seated capacity, with a cap of 300 people per space.

Outdoor fixed-seating entertainment can also lift to 75 per cent of capacity, with a cap of 1,000 people per space.

Non-seated venues, including amusement parks, can open to a maximum of 1,000 people per outdoor space and 300 per indoor space, with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

Arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres open to a maximum of 300 people per venue, with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

Casinos and electronic gaming venues are limited to 300 people per indoor space, with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

COVID marshals are required and every second machine must be closed or a 1.5-metre space left between them.

Brothels, are open to a maximum of 300 people with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

The same rules apply for karaoke venues and nightclubs, where service must remain seated only.

Regional: Entertainment

Indoor fixed-seating entertainment can open to up to 75 per cent of seated capacity, with a cap of 300 people per space.

Outdoor fixed-seating entertainment can also lift to 75 per cent of capacity, with a cap of 1,000 people per space.

Non-seated venues, including amusement parks, can open to a maximum of 1,000 people per outdoor space and 300 per indoor space, with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

That density limit can be relaxed to one person per 2 square metres only if a COVID check-in marshal is at the entrance to all non-seated areas.

Arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres open with no overall cap, but a density limit of one person per 2 square metres, if a COVID check-in marshal is in place, otherwise one person per 4 square metres.

The following places can also fill to one person per 2 square metres if a COVID check-in marshal is used: retail betting venues, electronic gaming venues, brothels, karaoke venues and nightclubs.

Melbourne: Beauty services

Density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

Mask can be removed for services.

Regional: Beauty services

Density limit of one person per 4 square metres, or one person per 2 square metres if a COVID check-in marshal is in place.

Venues can have up to 25 patrons before the density limit applies — no marshal is needed for this.

Mask can be removed for services.

Melbourne: Sport and exercise

All sport can go ahead, with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

Venues can fill to 300 people per indoor space and 1,000 people outdoors, if the size of the venue allows that under the density limit.

Group sizes are capped at 50 people.

Spectators are allowed for community sport, within venue and space limits.

Regional: Sport and exercise

All sport can go ahead, with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres, or 2 square metres if a COVID check-in marshal is used.

Venues can fill to 300 people per indoor space and 1,000 people outdoors, if the size of the venue allows that under the density limit.

Group sizes are capped at 50 people.

Spectators are allowed for community sport, within venue and space limits.

Melbourne: Religious gatherings

Up to 300 people allowed per venue, subject to a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

Regional: Religious gatherings

No overall venue limit.

A default density limit of one person per 4 square metres applies, but this can be loosened to one person per 2 square metres if a COVID check-in marshal is in place.

Melbourne: Food

Seated service only.

Smaller venues can have up to 25 patrons before the density limit of one person per 4 square metres applies.

Venues less than 600 square metres in size can operate with a density limit of one person per 2 square metres up to a venue cap of 150 people, but only if they have a COVID check-in marshal.

No cap for food courts, but a density limit of one person per 4 square metres applies indoors and outdoors.

Regional: Food

Seated service only.

Smaller venues can have up to 25 patrons before the density limit of one person per 4 square metres applies.

Venues can operate with a density limit of one person per 2 square metres, but only if they have a COVID check-in marshal.

No cap for food courts, but a density limit of one person per 2 square metres applies indoors and outdoors.

Melbourne: Real estate

Auctions permitted with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres. No overall patron cap.

Inspections allowed subject to density limit of one person per 4 square metres. No patron cap and no requirement for private appointments.

Regional: Real estate

Auctions permitted with a density limit of one person per 4 square metres (or one person per 2 square metres with a COVID check-in marshal). No overall patron cap.

Inspections allowed subject to the same density rules as auctions. No patron cap and no requirement for private appointments.

Melbourne: Travel and tourism

No restrictions on travel, accommodation bookings allowed for single households plus 15 visitors (including dependents, but not infants under 12 months)

Tour transport limited to 50 people per vehicle and face masks required.

Group sizes in public spaces limited to 50 people.

Check the Victorian government website to see what travel restrictions apply to areas interstate.

Regional: Travel and tourism

No restrictions on travel, accommodation bookings allowed for single households plus 15 visitors (including dependents, but not infants under 12 months)

Tour transport limited to 50 people per vehicle and face masks required.

Group sizes in public spaces limited to 50 people.

Check the Victorian government website to see what travel restrictions apply to areas interstate.

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