The first step toward 'COVID normal' happens from today, here's what changes as of today. "We have – all of us – agreed that the best thing to do is to close the border," said Premier Andrews. New figures show exactly when Victoria will ease strict lockdown measures and what will happen to the curfew that’s currently in place. one for metropolitan Melbourne and one for regional Victoria. Victoria has extended its state of emergency for another four weeks as authorities combat the coronavirus. Due to the high rate of community transmission, Premier Daniel Andrews has brought in new rules for Victorians to abide by. After nine days without any cases or deaths, Daniel Andrews has announced significant changes to restrictions, taking metropolitan Melbourne to stage 3. The state government declared a “State of Disaster”, allowing it to expand restrictions on people’s movements. Outside the home, families and friends can meet in groups up to ten. The state capital, Melbourne, went into lockdown … Religious ceremonies will now be permitted 50 people also. Your web browser is no longer supported. Earlier today, Premier Daniel Andrews made a statement which will see some lockdown laws in Victoria eased further beginning on Tuesday 26 May, with most rolling out at 11:59pm on Sunday 31 May. Victoria’s premier has apologised for having to extend tough lockdown conditions in Melbourne for six more weeks as Australia’s second largest city works to … By using our website, you accept our use of cookies. Mr … From 22 June – this could increase to up to 50 patrons. Melbourne's long lockdown to end on Tuesday night By Noel Towell, Paul Sakkal and Sean Tarek Goodwin October 26, 2020 — 7.59pm Save … Premier Daniel Andrews spoke about rules on 20 April. "That closure will be enforced on the NSW side, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focused on fighting the virus right now across our state.”. "But I don't want to speculate too much. •             Public gatherings – 50 people outdoors, •             Visitors at home – up to 20 visitors, •             Hospitality – indoor groups limited to 20, seated service, cap of 50 patrons. Victorians will be allowed to hike, play footy, play golf, among other activities. Read the full release from Premier Daniel Andrews here. The rules remain in place until Monday.". Health Minister Jenny Mikakos today announced that a new dashboard will be released today that will show virus hot spots, allowing Melburnians to keep track of any outbreaks in their local council area. Victoria has declared a state of disaster, with surging coronavirus cases forcing Premier Daniel Andrews to impose tougher lockdown restrictions. Supermarkets, butchers, bakers, bottle shops will all remain open. Australia's most populous state, home to Sydney, will allow restaurants, playgrounds and outdoor pools to reopen on Friday as extensive testing has shown the spread of … Second Step from 28 September 2020 subject to public health advice and if average daily cases are 30-50 in metro Melbourne over previous 14 days. October 19 likely won’t bring sweeping changes to Melbourne’s strict lockdown restrictions, as the city’s 14-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases slightly increased (by 0.6) to 9.9. Find out more on Victorian's metropolitan and regional roadmaps here. There are, however, some changes to restrictions taking place from Sunday 13 September: A roadmap to a COVID-normal has also been released, with several checkpoints announced for the remainder of the year. Source: AAP Stage four lockdown is due to end at 11.59pm on Sunday, September 13. Third Step – when regional Victoria reaches less than 5 cases on average over 14 days and zero cases with unknown source over 14 days. If we do, then we’ll see commute times worse than anything any of us have ever experienced – two hours from Werribee to the city, 90 minutes from Reservoir and two and half hours from Mulgrave.". •             Curfew dropped, •             Leave home – no restrictions on reasons or distance travelled, •             Public gatherings increased to 10 people outdoors, •             Visitors at home – up to five visitors from another nominated household, •             Schools – potential staged return for Year 3 to 10 based on epidemiology, •             Retail and hairdressing reopen, •             Hospitality - predominantly outdoor seated service, group limit of 10 and density limits, •             Sport – staged return of outdoor non-contact sport for adults. Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdown rules changed slightly overnight. Outdoor under 18 years contact and non-contact sport resumes, Last Step from 23 November 2020 subject to public health advice and if no new cases for previous 14 days, •             Public gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors, •             Visitors at home – up to 20 visitors at a time, •             Retail - all open, •             Hospitality – indoor group limit of 20 people for seated service, cap of 50 patrons, •             Real estate – open with safety measures, •             Sport – open subject to safety measures, contact sport resumes for all ages, •             Weddings, funerals – maximum of 50 people, •             Religion – public worship resumes subject to density quotas. "Hot spot" suburbs will revert to stage 3 lockdown as per an announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews today. From 11:59pm Wednesday 1 July the following suburbs will revert to the four reasons to leave your home as indicated in the initial stage 3 lockdown: “There will only be four reasons that you are permitted to leave your house and only if you really have to,”. Alexis Carey carey_alexis news.com.au October 26, … The curfew will be from 8pm until 5am every night. Schools will not be going back just yet. Premier Daniel Andrews has reported this morning that Victoria's State Of Disaster could be in place for 12 months. Using common sense. If you’re currently working from home—you must keep working from home. Exceptions include seeking care, or working, From midnight Wednesday 5 August, the rest of Victoria will move back to stage 3 stay-at-home restrictions, For work or education when you can't do so at home, 3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, and West Footscray, 3021: Alban Vale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans, 3032: Ascot Vale, High Point City, Maribyrnong, Travancore, 3038: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens, 3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West, 3064: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park and Kalkallo, Outdoor gyms, playgrounds and skateparks will re-open from Tuesday 26 May, Outdoor gatherings being permitted with up to 10 people, Indoor gatherings at home are permitted, with 5 visitors able to visit the normal residents of a household, The ability to leave the house for exercise will be expanded to include outdoor recreational activities. Gyms will also reopen on this date. "I don't think it is possible to have cafes, restaurants and bars open anytime soon," Mr Andrews said. Elimination of COVID-19 possible in Victoria if lockdown endures By Tom Cowie May 3, 2020 — 6.14pm Save Log in, register or subscribe to save articles for later. But going forward—and in light of new evidence indicating increased activity—the obligation for employers to keep their staff working from home will now be included in the Chief Health Officer’s directions. However, working from home is still a must in Victoria where possible. “The important thing here is that before September 13 ... will extend the state of emergency provisions within the Public Health and Well-Being Act for a maximum of 12 months,” said Andrews. Prime Minister Scott Morrison held a press conference on Friday 8 May to discuss the expected three-stage plan to get back to a normal economy by July. Some restrictions have been relaxed slightly in response to public feedback, while greater clarity has been provided around some less clear restrictions. These activities can occur in groups of up to 10 people outside, but the requirements on physical distancing remain, For weddings 10 guests are allowed, plus the couple and the celebrant, For funerals, 20 people will be allowed at an indoor ceremony and 30 people at an outside ceremony. Premier Daniel Andrews announced today that some of the restrictions that were due to be eased from Monday 22 June will stay the same, and some will go back to previous levels. • Leave … Those living alone can select one guest to have over or visit for the duration of lockdown, Public gatherings of up to 5 people from a maximum of two households will be allowed, Grades prep, one, two and years 10, 11 and 12 (VC/VCAL) to return to school, Exercise with a personal trainer will be allowed, Gatherings at home will be extended to 5 people, Public gatherings will be extended to 10 people, Hospitality will begin to return recommence with outdoor seating, From 11:59pm on Sunday 31 May, you’ll be allowed a total of 20 people in your home, Outdoor gatherings will also increase to a total of 20 people, Overnight stays at private residences will be permitted, Overnight stays in accommodation will be permitted, Campgrounds without communal facilities to re-open, Libraries, youth centres and community facilities to re-open with a maximum of 20 people, plus the people needed to operate the facilities, Cultural venues like galleries, museums, zoos, drive-in cinemas to re-open with a maximum of 20 people per space, Swimming pools to re-open with a maximum of 20 patrons and additional safety measures in place, Personal care businesses like salons and tattoo shops to reopen with up to 20 customers at one time, Auctions and open-house inspections to resume with a 20 person limit, Non-food and drink market stalls will be able to reopen, Read the full release from Premier Daniel Andrews here, Masks will no longer be required outside provided you can social distance, The 'ring of steel' between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria no longer applies, Households can have two visitors, but those visitors don't need to be from the same home, Overnight accommodation will reopen with some limitations, Hospitality venues can have 40 guests inside and 70 guests outside, Up to 20 people can attend a funeral indoors, and 50 outdoors, Indoor gyms will reopen with a capacity of up to 20 people, Indoor pools will reopen with a capacity of up to 20 people, Cinemas will reopen with 20 guests per space, Restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars reopen. Regional Victoria, meanwhile, has been elevated to a Stage 3 lockdown, with its own set of travel restrictions. “People will be able to see, in their local area, whether there has been an exposure to a known case in their community,” said Mikakos. The continuing low numbers of community transmission and the high rates of testing give us confidence that cafes, restaurants, pubs and other hospitality businesses can begin planning for a phased re-opening from the beginning of June. The State of Emergency has been extended to the same time, and regional Victoria's stage three lockdown will also end then. Indoor maximum 20 people, outdoor maximum of 50 people, Beauty, personal services & tattooists will reopen, Outdoor community sport for U18 recommenced, outdoor non-contact sport for adults, Outdoor gatherings stay at a maximum of 10 people, Gatherings no longer limited to 2 households, Home visit changes will be announced on Tuesday, Four reasons to leave home will be removed, Hospitality reopens, 20 people inside, 50 people outside, There is no time limit for leaving your home for exercising or visiting others, Groups of ten people from two households can gather in an outdoor setting, The travel distance increases from 5km to 25km, Tennis courts, golf courses, skate parks reopen, Indoor pools can open for one-on-one hydrotherapy sessions, 130,000 workers will return to work, further information at, VCE and VCAL students will return to school from October, Prep to Grade 6 will return to on-site learning from the week of 12 October, Child care is open for all children, 5km limit does not apply, Public gatherings outside are now at a level of 5 people, or two households gathering, The limit of one person going shopping per day is now lifted, One visitor allowed at hospitals for a maximum time of 2-hours, All dental services are now allowed, not just emergencies, Weddings permitted with a limit of five people, including the couple, Outdoor exercise facilities, such as tennis clubs, bowls clubs etc remain closed, Outdoor exercise (e.g hiking and fishing) is now permitted, within your 5km zone and for a maximum of 2-hours, Curfew remains in place, but is now 9pm to 5am, Two people or a household can meet outdoors for a maximum of two hours for social interaction, exercise or recreation within 5km of their home, People living alone or single parents can nominate one person with whom they can form a ‘single social bubble’. Most Melburnians have spent the last month or more mostly in isolation. Further announcements have been made on top of the stage 4 restrictions made public on Sunday 2 August. Here's everything you need to know about the roadmap out of lockdown for Melbourne and regional Victoria A general view of La Trobe Street in Melbourne, Thursday, 3 September, 2020. Melbourne will go back to stage 3 restrictions for a period of six weeks from midnight Wednesday 8 July. •             Leave home – no restriction on reasons or distance travelled, •             Public gatherings – up to 10 people outdoors, •             Visitors to the home – "household bubble" of up to five visitors from another nominated household, •             Hospitality – predominately outdoor seated service, group limits of 10, •             Sport – phased return of outdoor under 18 years contact and non-contact sport; outdoor non-contract sport only for adults, •             Funerals – 20 people, •             Weddings – 10 people. That means restaurants, pubs, auction halls, community halls, libraries, museums and places of worship—will all stay at a maximum of 20 people in any one space until 12 July. And for employers, an obligation to support them in doing so. And as we ease restrictions, each of us playing our part to keep one another safe.” said Andrews. Today, and informed by the advice of the Chief Health Officer, I can announce our cautious and careful next steps. "They're a validation our strategy is working. And we know that if just half the people who normally use public transport start driving to work, we will see our freeways and other major roads grind to a halt. Families have been told to expect that kids will not return to school as normal this term. We use cookies (om nom nom nom) to provide a better online experience, including to serve targeted ads. Adrianna Zappavigna news.com.au August 15, … The four reasons to leave your home apply once again: School holidays will continue for a further 5 days with the start of term 3 being pushed back. The State of Emergency has been extended to the same time, and regional Victoria's stage three lockdown will also end then. Read further information at premier.vic.gov.au. Today, Premier Daniel Andrews announced further easing of restrictions which will take place at 11:59pm tonight. Coronavirus Victoria: premier Daniel Andrews and chief health officer Brett Sutton say tougher stage 4 Covid-19 lockdown restrictions will be considered if needed, but there is … We must go harder. •             Retail – all open, includes beauty and personal care services., You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the. For the time being, however, it’s still recommended that those who are able to work from home continue to do so. Ski season and accommodation facilities with communal spaces will also open, but with increased screening and safeguards in place." The number of people on the roads and the transport network is already starting to increase and we cannot let that creep continue. How to stay safe and well Find out what you can do to reduce the risk and stop the spread of … These Stage Four restrictions mean Melbourne residents will need to abide by an overnight curfew for the next six weeks. That’s why we also need to delay an increase to gathering limits in businesses and community facilities. If cases drop to an average of 30 to 50 cases for two weeks, further easing of restrictions will apply: If there are less than five average daily cases for two weeks by Monday 26 October, the following changes will be made to restrictions: If by Monday 23 November, Victoria records no new cases for two weeks, Melbourne will move to the final steps of reaching a COVID-normal. Third Step – when regional Victoria reaches less than 5 cases on average over 14 days and zero cases with unknown source over 14 days. These rules come into effect for Melbourne from 11:59pm Sunday 19 October. Further restrictions will ease in Victoria from Monday 22 June. Remain open rate of community transmission, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced significant changes to restrictions, taking Melbourne. We 've seen a spike in cases around Melbourne family and friends allows Health to! 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