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What the new coronavirus restrictions mean for Melburnians

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From 11.59pm Sunday night:

  • No time limit on leaving home;
  • The ‘four reasons’ for leaving home remain in place;
  • The 5km limit on travel from home without an exemption is expanded to 25km;
  • Fitted face mask must be worn outside the home;
  • Outdoor gatherings would be allowed with up to 10 people from two households (children under 12 months of age not included).

From 11.59, November 1:

  • No restrictions leaving homes or distance on travel except for travel through a ‘restricted area’;
  • up to two people (plus dependents that cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting) can visit a household once per day.

Health and personal care

From 11.59pm Sunday night:

  • Hairdressing to reopen with strict rules on operation;
  • Indoor pools can open up for one-on-one hydrotherapy with a health professional;
  • All allied health professionals already operating would be able to resume face-to-face care.

From 11.59, November 1:

  • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services can open (allowed to prepare for opening from 28 October), with requirement that only services where the client can wear a face covering for the duration of the service or procedure are permitted (e.g. manicures, pedicures, body waxing, tattooing).

Shopping

From 11.59pm Sunday night:

  • No change beyond real estate and hairdressing.

From 11.59pm, November 1:

  • All retail open, subject to density quotient and allowed to open for preparation from 28 October.

Eating out and hospitality

From 11.59pm Sunday night:

  • No change to current rules ie takeaway and delivery only.

From 11.59pm November 1:

  • Preparation for opening (staff can enter the premises to prepare for opening but must not serve customers): customer-facing facilities that are reopening on 1 November can have workers and staff return to work premises from 28 October for essential preparations;
  • Food and drink facilities: open for seated indoor and outdoor service (both food and/or drink);
  • Seated dining only;
  • Maximum 10 people per group, seated 1.5m from other groups (both within the venue and between patrons at adjacent venues);
  • For indoor space: Open with a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 20 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density requirements (1 person per 4 square metres); and
  • For outdoor space: Open with cap of 50 patrons per venue outdoors subject to density requirements (1 per 2m2).

Recreation

From 11.59pm Sunday night:

  • Outdoor sport settings to reopen, which do not require facilities to be entered, staffed, or the use of communal facilities (such as changerooms, toilets).
  • Skate parks reopen;
  • Golf reopens without access to clubrooms;
  • Outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers;
  • Tennis reopens without access to clubrooms.

From 11.59pm on November 1:

  • Outdoor sport and recreation allowed for a household or up to 10 people in any group so long as physical distancing maintained, shared or communal equipment must be cleaned between users;
  • Community outdoor contact sport allowed for people under 18. Limited to minimum number of people to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. soccer may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires). Spectators only permissible for supervising of children;
  • Personal training to increase to up to 10 people plus the trainer.

Accommodation

From 11.59pm on Sunday:

  • No changes to current rules.

From 11.59, November 1:

  • Open but each group booking is restricted to: only members of a single household; OR only intimate partners; OR only members of a single household and 2 others (plus dependents that cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting); AND cannot stay with people living in a restricted area; AND members of separately booked groups do not share bedrooms at the facility.

Entertainment

From 11.59pm on Sunday:

  • No change for theatre, cinema, auditorium, gallery, museum, arena, stadium, animal facilities (e.g. zoos).

From 11.59pm, November 1, for theatre, cinema, auditorium, gallery, museum, arena, stadium, animal facilities (e.g. zoos):

  • Non-seated outdoor spaces (large outdoor areas where people are unlikely to congregate, such as zoos or live museums like Sovereign Hill) can open. Conditions include that the rules exclude events, indoor spaces closed, outdoor spaces open with density quotient, patron caps (consistent with those for outdoor food and drink facilities as described above), a COVIDSafe Plan, venues with 500 or more capacity at one time must publish their COVIDSafe Plan online prior to opening.
  • Seated outdoor spaces (intended to be used sitting down, fixed or allocated seated spaces/zones). Conditions include: – Use reasonable endeavours to implement relevant recommendations by the Victorian government to manage public health risks arising out of operation of the facility; Indoor spaces closed with exceptions for broadcasting and professional sport;
    – Outdoor spaces open with a maximum of 10 people per group, groups must be 1.5 metres apart from each other and seated. If fixed seating: patron cap of 50 people or 25 per cent of the venue’s fixed seat capacity, whichever is lower. If no fixed seating but allocated seated spaces/zones then opening allowed with a density quotient and maximum of 50 patrons;
  • Drive-in cinemas outdoor space open, no seating outside vehicles permitted;
  • Arenas and stadiums can operate for exclusive use by a single school at any one time for education purposes;
  • Retail betting venues can open if wholly contained within a licensed premises: open, subject to both licenced premises and retail restrictions, including seated only service, density quotient, signage requirement (within the licensed premises), records requirement (within the licensed premises), cleaning requirement;
  • Retail betting not wholly contained within a licensed premises: open subject to requirements on open retail, i.e. density quotient, cleaning and signage requirements. Patrons must remain seated unless they are placing a bet, using the toilet, or entering or leaving the venue.

Social Functions

From 11.59 Sunday night:

  • No change to existing conditions.

From 11.59, November 1:

  • Indoor Religious ceremonies: not allowed; Five people can attend a place of worship to conduct a ceremony being broadcast;
  • Private worship: allowed for households or household bubbles, plus a faith leader;
  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: up to 20 people, plus 1 faith leader;
  • Weddings: up to 10 people (including couple and two witnesses), celebrant excluded from the cap;
  • Funerals: up to 20 people, infants under 12 months and people to conduct funeral not included in cap. If weddings or funerals are held at private residence, private gathering restrictions apply, including the household bubble; and
  • Places of worship (including the conducting of ceremonies): subject to caps and existing workplace requirements, including but not limited to record keeping, cleaning requirements, and having a COVIDSafe plan in place.

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