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Restrictions to lift for regional Victoria

Lockdown restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday 9 September night, following advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

What is changing

  • Travel will be allowed around regional Victoria, except Greater Shepparton, with no distance limit
  • But movement between metropolitan Melbourne and the regions is restricted
  • No visitors to the home
  • Public outdoor gatherings will be allowed with a maximum of 10 people
  • People aged 12 and over must show evidence of a COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours as a condition of entry to ski fields at Alpine resorts
  • Outdoor tours will be capped at 20 people
  • Regional accommodation providers will only be allowed to take bookings from people who live in the same household, or intimate partners and single-bubbles

Schools

  • Regional early learning centres, kindergartens, childcare and family day care centres will open for regional children and metropolitan children who are vulnerable or whose parents are single or essential workers
  • Schools will reopen to children in Prep to Year 2, Year 11s studying Year 12 subjects, and Year 12 students
  • Other year levels will continue learning remotely
  • Teachers and child care workers moving between Melbourne and the regions must undergo twice weekly COVID-19 tests

Weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies

  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies, including funerals, are permitted with up to 20 people per venue

  • Weddings are allowed with no more than 10 people

  • Workers necessary to conduct those ceremonies do not count toward those caps, nor do children under 12 months old at weddings and funerals

Shopping and eating out

  • Hospitality venues can reopen, but with seated service will be capped at 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors.
  • Food courts remain restricted to take-away only and masks cannot be removed for eating and drinking in retail settings.
  • General retail will reopen with a density limit 
  • All beauty and personal care services will reopen with limits of 10 people per space, and masks must be worn throughout the service.
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