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Regional Victoria update

Regional Victoria update

Regional Victoria to move to 'Step Three' tomorrow night

Regional Victoria will take the next step on the roadmap from 11.59pm tomorrow night (16/09).

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced regional Victoria will enter the third step out of restrictions.

Areas currently under Stage Three restrictions outside of Melbourne have reached a new COVID case average of 3.6 over 14 days. There is one 'mystery case' in regional Victoria, which is expected to come off the list at the end of today.

As part of the changes, the four reasons to leave home will no longer apply.

The Premier confirmed that tourist accommodation will be open for regional Victorians to travel and holiday within the regions, while every business will be required to have a COVID Safe Plan, which will be enforced from September 28.

For hospitality businesses, only table service will be allowed with a two hour limit of bookings, 10 patrons will be allowed per space inside with a maximum of two spaces (rooms) meaning bigger venues will be able to seat up to 20 indoors.

Outdoor dining will be allowed for up to 50 seated patrons per space (max groups of 10), subject to density limits with tables needing to be spaced appropriately.

Moving to the last step of the roadmap will now require no new cases for 14 days state-wide.

As per the roadmap, the full list includes (below);

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Leave home: no restrictions on reasons to leave home or distance but stay safe.

Public gatherings: up to 10 people outdoors. Visitors to the home: create a ‘household bubble’ with one nominated household allowing up to 5 visitors from that household at a time (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap).

Childcare and early educators: open.

Schools: return to onsite learning for all students in Term 4 with safety measures in place.

Adult education: learn from home if you can, onsite learning for hands-on, skills-based learning.

Work: work from home if you can.

Hospitality: predominantly outdoor seated service, group limit of 10 and density limits.

Retail: all open, hairdressing and beauty/personal care open where a face covering can be worn for the duration of service.

Real estate: private inspections by appointment only, auctions outdoors subject to gathering limits.

Shopping: no person limits.

Exercise and recreation: outdoor contact and non-contact sport for ≤18, outdoor non-contact sport only for adults, with gathering and density limits, outdoor skateparks open, outdoor fitness for 10 people.

Weddings: allowed with up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant).

Funerals: allowed with up to 20 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral).

Religion: outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader are allowed, facilities open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader.

Intrastate travel: allowed across Third Step area.

Entertainment: outdoor venues and events, subject to pre-approved plans.

Accommodation: open, with caps per the social bubble.

(source: Department of Health and Human Services)

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