As of 11:59pm on the 13th September restrictions have changed.
Coronavirus restrictions have slightly eased across the state, with bubble buddies for singles, an extra hour outside for Melburnians and the option of a small outdoor barbecue in regional Victoria.
- The curfew across metropolitan Melbourne will be eased to 9pm to 5am.
- You can now sit in a park with one other person
- Outdoor playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment will be open
- Exercise can now be done out of the home for up to two hours, split over a maximum of two sessions.
- That time outside is now able to be used for social interaction with one other person or the members of your household
- Public libraries and toy libraries are reopening, but for click and collect only.
Much of the same rules still apply — masks are mandatory in public except for limited exceptions, and the exercise must be within a 5-kilometre radius of your home.
That means you can catch up with a friend or a family member outdoors, as long as you both live within 5km of where you're meeting. All the members of a household can head outside together for a jog or a sit in the park.
Regional Victoria, which has had much fewer cases than metropolitan Melbourne, gets to skip the first step and go straight to the second step.
- Public gatherings of up to five people from up to two households are allowed, and babies under 12 months old are not counted in that limit.
- Outdoor religious gatherings of up to five people and one faith leader are allowed
- Playgrounds and outdoor pools are open
- Victorians across the state can now pick a 'bubble buddy' - A single social bubble allows those living alone or single parents to nominate one other person, who is allowed to visit their home. You can't travel between regional Victoria and Melbourne to visit your nominated person.
As a part of the second step for regional Victoria, schools are on track to return to face-to-face learning for term 4, which starts on October 5.