Third Step

11.59pm on 16 September 2020

Third Step commenced at 11.59pm on 16 September.

What does this mean I can do?

  • 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 for reopening.
  • Stay safe as restrictions ease by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask when you leave home, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others. 
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors. Groups of up to 10 people will be able to meet outdoors. 
  • You must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for permitted work purposes, care and compassionate reasons or shopping for food and supplies, if necessary. 
  • Face masks must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception. 
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell.

Regional Victoria is in the Third Step. 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. Restrictions apply including the two and four square metre rules. Businesses must continue to ensure people from metropolitan Melbourne do not eat-in.