What are the new coronavirus restrictions for Victoria?

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The Victorian government has announced some slight changes to the state’s coronavirus restrictions to apply from 11.59pm on Thursday.

Most of the rules remain as they were leading up to Wednesday’s announcement.

In this article you will find a rundown of the new rules for the state. It will be updated as new information becomes available, so please check back for the latest information.

Premier Daniel Andrews flagged that regional Victoria, except Shepparton, would likely emerge from lockdown in early September, but said more details would be announced next week. Currently, most lockdown rules apply statewide.

Leaving home

Under the rules announced on Wednesday, Mr Andrews said there would still be only five reasons to leave home during the lockdown. You are allowed to leave home to get food and supplies, to exercise for up to two hours, for care or care-giving, or work or education if you can’t do it from home.

You are also allowed to leave home to get vaccinated.

The government said the curfew would continue to apply in Metropolitan Melbourne and Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the 9pm to 5am curfew had led to a decrease in overnight traffic.

Visits to intimate partners or as part of a single bubble are not permitted during the curfew hours.

The five-kilometre rule will stay in place, but Mr Andrews flagged extending the allowed radius to 10 kilometres once 70 per cent of Victorians had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Professor Sutton estimated that target could be reached September 23.

Masks

Masks are still required indoors and outdoors unless an exemption applies.

Playgrounds

Playgrounds will reopen for children under 12 accompanied by one carer or parent. Adults “should not” remove their masks to eat or drink.

QR codes will be set up at playgrounds to allow for check-ins.

The Chief Health Officer says playgrounds in Victoria can reopen to children under 12 from 11.59pm on September 2.Credit:Joe Armao

Caring

In home care, such as babysitters, will be expanded to school aged children so long as both parents are authorised workers.

Gatherings

Private gatherings are not permitted, but intimate partner visits/single person bubble is allowed. Public gatherings are not permitted.

Work

If you can work from home, you must work from home. Authorised workplaces and workers are permitted to attend onsite work. Authorised workers are permitted to travel to and from work during curfew hours if needed. A permit is required when leaving the home for authorised work or permitted higher education.

Education and childcare

– Early learning centres, kindergarten, childcare, family day care: Closed but open to vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers if they cannot be supervised at home.

– Schools: Remote learning for most students but open to vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers. Mr Andrews said schools in Metropolitan Melbourne would not return to face-to-face classes during term three.

Higher education and training: Closed, remote learning only unless permitted study.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies

No in-person gatherings are permitted. Broadcasts are permitted with a maximum of five people, but it must be the same five people for each broadcast.

Funerals

Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

Not permitted unless end of life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 people (including the two people being married, celebrant, two witnesses

Entertainment and Leisure

Closed: Indoor fixed seated entertainment; Outdoor fixed seated entertainment; Non-seated indoor venues; Non-seated outdoor venues; Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres; Drive-in cinemas; Amusement parks; Casinos; Retail betting venue; Electronic gaming; Karaoke and Nightclubs; Sex on premises, brothels and sexually explicit venues.

General retail

– Essential retail: Open (Density Quotient: one per four square metres)

– Other/general retail: Closed (open for contactless click and collect only)

Auction houses: Closed (open for online only)

Hairdressing, beauty, personal care

Closed.

Hospitality

Open for take-away only.

Accommodation

Closed unless for permitted reasons, or shelter in place. No new bookings except for authorised reasons.

Real estate services

Inspections remain off limits, but Mr Andrews flagged allowing private property inspections of unoccupied premises for a new purchase or end of lease once a key vaccination target is reached. Only one household member may attend at a time, with real estate agents required to remain outdoors during the inspection. In-person auctions are not permitted but remote auctions can go ahead.

Tours and transport

Tourism spaces are closed and tour transport is closed.

Care facilities

Visitors are only permitted for certain purposes, including:

– To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing (including mental health support and support for people living with dementia)

– To support residents under 18 years of age

– As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act

– To provide interpreter or informal language support

– For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge

– To provide end of life support to a resident (this also includes life-threatening conditions)

– Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

– No more than two visitors per day unless visit is for end-of-life reasons. For end-of-life visits, two visitors are permitted at a time with no maximum daily limit.

– A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependants of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.

– Prospective residents not permitted to visit.

Hospitals

Visitors are only permitted for certain purposes, including:

– As a parent, guardian or carer of a child who is a patient in hospital

– To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing

– To support residents under 18 years of age

– As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act

– To provide interpreter or informal language support

– For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge

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– As a carer of a patient with a disability

– Accompanying someone to the emergency department or outpatient clinic

– As a partner of a pregnant woman or patient in a maternity ward

– To provide end of life support to a patient (this also includes life threatening conditions)

– Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

– No more than two visitors per day unless visit is for end of live reasons. For end-of-life visits, two visitors are permitted at a time with no maximum daily limit. A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependants of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.

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