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Victoria resumes COVID-19 restrictions

 

Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the Victorian Government has reassessed and amended the restrictions that were due to be eased at 11:59pm on Sunday 21 June 2020.

Victorian Health authorities believe large family gatherings that included people infected with coronavirus are to blame for an alarming rise in cases in the state. Therefore, the number of visitors that you can have to your home has reduced to five visitors and outdoor gatherings have reduced to a maximum group of ten people.

Premier Danial Andrews has also flagged the possibility of even tougher lockdowns being introduced in the hardest-hit areas over the coming days.

Hotspots — either suburbs or local government areas — could become subject to strict lockdowns, with residents only allowed to leave the house to buy food and essentials, exercise, attend study or work or provide care.

Victorians are being urged to stay away from the impacted areas in a dramatic escalation of efforts to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Police will also be ramping up patrols of coronavirus hotspots and imposing tougher enforcement of restrictions.

The local government areas with the highest numbers of new coronavirus cases since June include Hume, Brimbank, Casey, Darebin, Moreland and Cardinia.

 A full list of suburbs included in these areas can be found here.

In line with the most up-to-date advice, the following restrictions are now in place throughout Victoria:

Gatherings

  • Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people.
  • The number of visitors to a home will reduce to 5 visitors.
  • Private worship or small religious ceremonies will be limited to 20 people plus those reasonably required for the ceremony.
  • Auction houses, real estate auctions, open house inspections and community facilities remain limited at 20 people plus those reasonably required to facilitate the auction/inspection/facility.
  • Remember to always maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from those you don’t live with.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs

  • Patron limits in restaurants, cafes and pubs will remain, with up to 20 seated patrons per space (indoor or outdoor). A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
  • Bars and clubs can have up to 20 seated patrons per space. A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
  • Seated service of alcohol without food will be allowed.
  • Retail TABs will be able to reopen in line with rules on retail businesses while TAB facilities inside licensed premises will need to observe density and patron limits that apply to those venues.

Culture and entertainment

  • Patron limits in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and outdoor arcades will remain, with up to 20 patrons per indoor space.
  • Indoor cinemas, movie theatres, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open with up to 20 seated patrons per space.

Sports and recreation

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can open, with up to 20 people per space, with a limit of up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time for those aged over 18 years old.
  • Full-contact training and competition (indoors and outdoors) for people 18 years old and under.
  • Non-contact competition (indoors and outdoors) for people over 18 years old.
  • Changing rooms and showers can open for sporting and recreational facilities, including swimming pools.
  • The limit on 3 per lane in swimming pools will no longer apply.
  • Ski season will open.

These restrictions would be revisited in three weeks.