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Melbourne COVID-19 Restrictions To Ease


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the changes activated through Stage Two of the state's roadmap to recovery, of which some will be introduced from as early as 11.59pm tonight:

  • Around 127,000 Victorians will be able to return to onsite work.
  • VCE students will be able to return to school for assessments from October 3 for Melbourne.
  • Prep to Year 6 students, special school students and VCE and VCAL students will be able to return to on-site learning from October 12. The return will be a staggered approach.
  • Childcare opens for all children.
  • Five people from up to two households can now gather outside together for the purposes or social interaction or exercise.
  • 2 hours of outdoor exercise without a facility (such as with a personal trainer) is now permitted within a 5km radius.
  • The limit on one person from each household going shopping for essentials just once a day will be lifted.
  • Care facilities and hospital can allow patients one visitor per day for a maximum of two hours. Patients that are under the age of 18 can have two parents or carers visit with no time limit.
  • A limit of five people plus one faith leader for outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies will be allowed.
  • The nighttime curfew will be lifted from 5am tomorrow with a new $5,000 fine would be introduced to catch out rule-breakers.

This all comes a week ahead of schedule in Melbourne's recovery roadmap and Daniel Andrews has announced that Stage Three will also be fast tracked as a result of Melbourne's success in reducing numbers.

From October 19, Stage Three of the recovery roadmap will be activated and will will see restrictions eased even further, particularly regarding the rules about travel and leaving your home.

The state's Premier has said:

"The 19 October is three weeks away and our experts are confident that that is enough of the life-cycle of this virus, given its latency, that is enough time for us to be certain that the numbers we see are a true reflection of the impact of the announcements I have just made, that is fully a week earlier than what we had thought."

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