Number of Melbourne COVID-19 restrictions lifted with businesses and pubs urged to wait a bit longer

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Melburnians will be allowed to travel 25 km from their homes and there will be no limit to time spent outdoors under the relaxed COVID-19 restrictions that begin on Monday.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced the relaxed lockdown rules on Sunday, after authorities confirmed the state had two new cases of coronavirus and no further deaths.

Under the new rules, groups of up to 10 people from two households can gather outdoors, and tennis courts, skate parks and golf courses will reopen.

Hairdressers will also reopen and outdoor pools will be able to accommodate 30 swimmers, while property auctions will take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders.

But Melbourne businesses have to wait longer to ease restrictions, with Andrews confirming that retail, hospitality and “personal care” services will remain closed until November 1.

“There is optimism, even confidence, but if things continue this week as they have for the past five days, maybe we can move that forward,” he told About the expectation of commercial operators.

Although they have only recorded five cases of the coronavirus in the past three days – compared to 17 cases in New South Wales – Melburnians are still prohibited from inviting friends to their home.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that a number of social restrictions will be eased from midnight, with businesses being told they will have to wait a few more weeks before reopening.

The 5-kilometer travel restriction will be extended to 25 kilometers from 11:59 p.m. Sunday

The 5-kilometer travel restriction will be extended to 25 kilometers from 11:59 p.m. Sunday

Melbourne lockdown changes explained

From 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 18 in Melbourne:

* Two-hour outdoor time limit removed

* 5 km travel restriction extended to 25 km

* Outdoor meetings from 5 to 10

* Face to face paramedical health appointments to resume

* Tennis courts, golf courses and skateparks will reopen

* Outdoor pools open to a maximum of 30 swimmers

* Hairdressers can reopen

* Outdoor real estate auctions permitted with up to 10 people, plus staff

From 11:59 p.m. on November 1 in Melbourne:

* Up to two people, plus dependents, allowed to visit a house per day

* All retail stores can open

* Hospitality: maximum of 20 clients seated indoors (subject to one per four m2), maximum of 50 external clients (subject to one per two m2)

* Open beauty and personal care services

* Wedding groups of up to 10 allowed

* Up to 20 mourners authorized during funerals

* Outdoor religious meetings and ceremonies capped at 20 people

Major restrictions remain:

* Approved face masks must be worn at all times outside the home

* Work from home if possible

* All businesses must have a COVID-safe plan

Under Andrews’ relaxed lockdown, exterior maintenance and repair workers, mobile groomers and photographers will also be allowed to return to work.

Mr Andrews said bigger changes would be put in place from 11:59 p.m. on November 1, including allowing two adults and their children to visit a home each day.

All retail stores will also have permission to open, including beauty and personal care services, with wedding groups of up to 10 allowed and 20 mourners allowed at funerals.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to open with a maximum of 20 patrons seated indoors and 50 outdoors from November 1.

Mr Andrews reiterated that the Victorians would not be allowed to come together and celebrate the next AFL grand final next weekend.

“You can’t have friends in your home. You can’t pretend it’s over because we all desperately want it to be, ”he said.

“I know a lot of people would normally spend time with family and friends to celebrate this day… it’s a big part of who we are. “

“As important as it is culturally, in a very passionate way, for every football fan in our state, it’s not worth risking everything we have done, everything we have done. have built, everything we can do in just a few days by organizing dangerous gatherings.

Hairdressers will also reopen and outdoor pools will accommodate 30 swimmers

Hairdressers will also reopen and outdoor pools will accommodate 30 swimmers

The ceiling for outdoor gatherings will be increased to 10 people from two households

The ceiling for outdoor gatherings will be increased to 10 people from two households

For months, Melburnians were only allowed to travel within a 5 km radius of their homes and only for a maximum period of one or two hours.

“I announced today what is safe but what will not compromise the efforts of the Victorians,” said Andrews.

“The Victorians have done an incredible job over the past few weeks and months.

“In Melbourne and Victoria, we are well positioned to have a safe COVID summer. Yes, these lockdowns have resulted in significant suffering and damage, but this strategy is working.

As of August, Victoria was reporting more than 700 cases of COVID-19 every day. Over the past five days, the state has received new single-digit diagnoses every day.

The latest sliding daily case count is 7.5 in the city of Melbourne for the fortnight through Saturday. The two-week average for the Victoria area is 0.5.

Mr Andrews also announced a series of changes coming into effect in the Victoria area starting at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Reception venues outside Melbourne will increase their capacity to 70 people outdoors and 40 people indoors.

Outdoor religious gatherings will also increase to 20 people, and the cap will again be raised to 50 people from midnight November 1.

Mr Andrews revealed that the “steel ring” border closures between Melbourne and the Victoria area will remain closed.

“Victorians of all communities, under all circumstances, have stayed the course,” said Andrews.

“We just have a little more time to beat this second wave and then find it normal and find this rebuilding process.

But Melbourne businesses have to wait longer for restrictions to ease, with Andrews confirming changes to retail, hospitality and 'personal care' services will not change until midnight on November 1.

But Melbourne businesses must wait longer for restrictions to ease, with Andrews confirming that changes to retail, hospitality and “personal care” services will not change until midnight on November 1.

Mr Andrews reiterated that the Victorians would not be allowed to come together and celebrate the next AFL grand final next weekend.

Mr Andrews reiterated that the Victorians would not be allowed to come together and celebrate the next AFL grand final next weekend.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt urged the Victorian government to ease restrictions in accordance with NSW.

“The epidemiological conditions for a COVID-safe reopening of hospitality, movements (and) family reunions, among others, are now firmly in place,” Hunt said on Twitter on Saturday.

“Victoria should now be able to take the next step in the (with) NSW line. “

However, Mr Andrews said Mr Hunt was not an epidemiologist and accused him of ‘playing games’, adding that he would not be in a hurry to lift the restrictions.

Health officials are continuing to investigate Victoria’s 15 cases during the fortnight through Thursday, which have no known source.

Health officials continue to investigate Victoria's 15 cases during the fortnight through Thursday, which have no known source (pictured, a COVID-19 pop-up clinic in Shepparton)

Health officials continue to investigate Victoria’s 15 cases during the fortnight through Thursday, which have no known source (pictured, a COVID-19 pop-up clinic in Shepparton)

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