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18 October 2020

Summary of changes

From Sunday 11:59pm 18 October 2020 changes are being made to restrictions in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Over the coming days more information about the changes to restrictions will be added to our Victoria's restriction level page and coronavirus Victoria website.

Changes for metropolitan Melbourne – 18 October

Metropolitan Melbourne is in Second Step restrictions. 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.
  • Some outdoor activities can take place in outdoor sport and recreation facilities. Outdoor sport and recreation facilities can open if:
    • They are predominantly used for outdoor sport or physical recreation
    • There is no equipment for hire or sharing
    • Indoor facilities such as change rooms are not permitted for use, however toilet facilities are permitted to open.
    • A limit of 10 people from 2 household per group or more than 10 if the entire group is from the same household and you must be able to keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
    • Restrictions to no more than 10 people in the facility at once except where a distance of at least 100m between groups can be maintained (e.g. golf courses).
    • Examples include some outdoor tennis courts, golf courses, or bowling greens.
  • More people who work outdoors will be able to return to work. Groups of up to five workers who work outside, including those who do the following types of work can return to on-site work:
    • outdoor non-essential home maintenance and repairs, including painting
    • outdoor pool and spa maintenance/cleaning for private residences and other outdoor cleaning
    • external car washing. This must be contactless and administration offices must remain closed
    • mobile pet grooming at residential properties, contactless with strict controls
    • outdoor professional photography including school photos (for purposes other than currently permitted purposes, e.g. media, real estate), they must have an ABN.
    • letterboxing (for purposes other than local elections).
    • Solar power installers
  • Hairdressers and barbers will be able to recommence work. This includes operating mobile businesses and at home businesses, if they are registered, have separate entrances, and COVIDSafe practices.
  • Allied health providers that are currently listed on the permitted work premises list will be able to return to delivering all routine care
  • Hydrotherapy can resume between one health care professional and one client in indoor pools. No group sessions will be permitted and there will maximum of 10 people per pool at one time for hydrotherapy (five health care professionals and five clients).
  • The maximum number of people permitted to use outdoor swimming pools for exercise has been increased by the density quotient to a maximum of 30 people.
  • Real estate auctions, both residential and commercial will be permitted outdoors with a limit of 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction.
  • Commercial real estate pre-arranged inspections with 1 agent and 1 prospective purchaser or tenant.
  • Additional changes to retail, hospitality and personal services will be made from 1 November, in line with the advice of our public health team.

Changes for regional Victoria – 18 October

Regional Victorian remains in Third Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 some restrictions are easing. The changes to restrictions include:

  • You can have up to two people visit you at home each day. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The two people may be from different households. This replaces the household bubbles.
  • Libraries and toy libraries can open for up to 20 people indoors. No more than 10 people can gather in a space (for example for a class). The one person per four square metre rule Signage, cleaning and record-keeping requirements apply.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings are allowed for up to 20 people plus one faith leader. This replaces the limit of ten people. This includes ceremonies, with no sharing of food, drink, crockery, utensils, vessels or other equipment by participants.
  • The limits of people in restaurants and cafes increases. You can have up to 70 people outdoors and up to 10 people per indoor space with a maximum of 40 people per venue indoors. The two and four square metre rules apply. Indoor spaces must be separated by permanent structures (should reach floor to ceiling or be at least 2.1 metres high) or be a discrete area of the premises. Businesses must continue to ensure people from metropolitan Melbourne do not eat-in.
  • Indoor swimming pools can open exclusively for those aged 18 and under. There is a limit of 20 customers in the pool or the one person per four square metre rule (whichever is the smaller number of people).One parent/guardian/carer per child is permitted for supervision purposes and not included in the limit. Swimming classes can resume.
  • Indoor pools can open for one-on-one hydrotherapy sessions with a limit of 10 people in the pool at one time.
  • Licensed tourism services that use open-air vehicles only are permitted to operate. A vehicle, inclusive of roofed vehicles, is considered an open-air vehicle if at least two sides are open to airflow at all times.

Emergency preparedness

  • Property owners are now able to apply to their local council for permission to travel for fire or emergency preparedness activities on a property which they own, but may otherwise not be permitted to travel to because of restrictions.
  • Although travel for these purposes is possible under this scheme, metropolitan Melbourne residents are encouraged to engage local contractors to undertake fire or emergency preparedness activities rather than travelling themselves.
  • People travelling from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria for the purposes of undertaking emergency preparedness activities must comply with the restrictions that apply in metropolitan Melbourne even when they are in regional Victoria for this purpose.
  • Restrictions will be placed on the time in which people can undertake this work. In most cases, property owner will have 72 hours to undertake work, inclusive of travel. The letter of support provided by local council will specify all conditions of travel.
  • More information, including how to apply for permission will be provided.

Changes for metropolitan Melbourne – 1 November

From 11:59pm 1 November 2020 if the epidemiological conditions allow, metropolitan Melbourne will move to the Third Step. View the roadmap on the Victorian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

  • As restrictions ease it is even more important that you stay home if you are unwell, wash your hands, keep 1.5 metres distance and wear a mask.
  • You will be able to have two visitors to your home per day. The two people may be from different households. Children and dependents aren’t included in the cap of two visitors.
  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to open for indoor and outdoor seated service. There will be limits on the number of people in each space and groups can be no more than 10 people.
  • Retail will open. This includes beauty and personal care services.
  • Outdoor non-contact sport resumes. For people aged 18 and under contact sport can resume.
  • Weddings are allowed with up to 10 people. This limit doesn’t include the celebrant but does include the couple getting married and the witnesses.
  • Funerals are allowed with up to 20 people. This limit doesn’t include the people required to conduct the funerals.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings can be held with up to 20 people plus a faith leader.
  • Face masks must continue to be worn.

More details about these changes will be announced closer to 1 November 2020.

Changes for regional Victoria – 1 November

Regional Victoria remains in Third Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 1 November 2020 if the epidemiological conditions allow, restrictions will ease further. View the roadmap on the Victorian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

  • Indoor non-contact sport and physical recreation for people under 18s can resume.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings can occur with up to 50 people and a faith leader.
  • Face masks must continue to be worn.

More details about these changes will be announced closer to 1 November 2020.