During his daily media conference this morning, Premier Daniel Andrews announced these changes for regional Victoria:
From 11.59pm tonight (Sunday):
▪️Two people plus dependents are allowed into the home (the bubble is gone, you can have as many different families visit you but they can only be two adults and dependence at a time per day).
▪️Hospitality venues can increase their capacity to 70 people outside and 40 people inside - four groups of 10, instead of two groups of 10.
▪️Outdoor religious gatherings will increase to 20 people.
▪️Indoor pools will open for 18 and under, a maximum of 20 swimmers, and one-on-one hydrotherapy with health professionals will also be allowed.
▪️Libraries, toy libraries will open again, a maximum of 20 people.
▪️Households can visit a care facility rather than one person at a time.
From 11:59pm Sunday the 1st of November:
▪️Non-contact indoor physical recreation for under 18 -year-olds, for instance dance classes, will be allowed again with a maximum of 20 people.
▪️Non-contact indoor community support for under 18 -year-olds with limits on spectators will also be allowed.
Fire and flood preparedness by Melbourne residents with a property in the regions:
Those Melburnians who have a property in regional Victoria, and want to travel to that property to make it ready for either flood or fire, there will be a process in consultation with local councils for owners to do that work. It will be upon the issuance by local councils of a fire prevention notice that legally requires the property owner to do the work. That provision will begin to be available from Wednesday.
Premier Andrews also announced an easing of some restrictions in the Melbourne metro area - some now and more in two weeks time.
The regions remain further ahead on the roadmap towards 'covid normal' and Daniel Andrews said that the 'ring of steel' will be enforced to a greater level than before.
"Staying safe is more important than ever," the Premier said, "so please, keep wearing a mask, keep maintaining your distance – and if you feel sick, get tested and stay home."
"There's been plenty said about how challenging 2020 has been. And it’s true. This year has asked more of us – taken more from us – than any year, ever. But 2020 has also proven, without doubt, the incredible courage of Victorians," the Premier said.
"We have found it in ourselves to stay the course. And as a state – millions strong – we are defeating this virus.
"We have come too far – sacrificed too much – to give up now. We are so close.
"These are the safe, steady steps that will see us out of this – and see us through to the other side," said Premier Andrews.
DHHS Coronavirus information: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus