Second Step

11.59pm on 27 September 2020

Second Step restrictions apply. There are further changes to restrictions from 11:59pm on 18 October.

What you need to know

Victoria is moving towards reopening. Restrictions are changing as part of the steps to reopening. 

  • The steps to reopening can be found in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening.
  • Metropolitan Melbourne. Metropolitan Melbourne is in the Second Step towards reopening.
  • From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 a number of restrictions are easing. The changes to restrictions include:
    • You can now travel up to 25 km from your home or permitted workplace within metropolitan Melbourne. This replaces the 5km rule. Travel to regional Victoria is still only allowed for permitted purposes even if this is within 25 kms. This means you cannot travel into regional Victoria for exercise or recreation.
    • You can leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.
    • You can meet in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place to socialise (children under 12 months of age not included in the limit). An outdoor public place means areas accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches. This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
    • You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
  • You can leave home for four reasons, with limits:
    • shopping for food or other essential items 
    • socialising or exercise (applies to outdoor exercise, and with your household or up to nine other people outdoors, from a maximum of two households). This needs to be in a public outdoor place (for example a local park)
    • permitted work, primary and secondary education (when your school and year level are permitted)
    • caregiving, for compassionate reasons, or to seek medical treatment, also remain permitted reasons to leave home.
  • For some secondary students, remote and flexible learning continues in the Second Step.
  • In Term 4, from 12 October, there will be a phased return for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 6, Year 7, VCE (Years 11 and 12 or those doing VCE, VCAL, VETiS or International Baccalaureate subjects) and specialist schools. From 26 October students in Years 8 to 10 will return to onsite learning.

As much as you can, you must stay at home. When you leave home, you must wear a fitted face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.