Roadmap to COVID Normal for Regional Victoria

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The Victorian Government have outlined a four step roadmap to ease the State into ‘COVID Normal’.

Regional Victoria has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community.

Summary of Steps towards COVID Normal for Regional Victoria:

First Step

First step only applies to metropolitan Melbourne.

Second Step – 11:59pm 13 September

  • Only leave home for 4 reasons: school or work (if these can not be done from home), care or caregiving, to purchase essentials, exercise
  • Public gatherings: up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors for social interaction (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap) 
  • Visitors to the home: “Single person bubble” 1 nominated visitor if living alone/single parent (all children under 18) 
  • Childcare is open to all children
  • Schools return to onsite learning from Term 4 with safety measures
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation allowed
  • Restaurants and cafes open for takeaway and delivery only
  • Retail: open, with density and other restrictions, hairdressing open

Third Step

Subject to public health advice, the Third Step can start when:

  • daily average number of cases in the last 14 days in Regional Victoria is less than 5
  • there are less than 0 cases in Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the last 14 days

Key points:

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Spend time with others outside where possible
  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people outdoors
  • Visitors allowed at home from 1 other household (up to 5 people)
  • Schools return to onsite learning from Term 4 with safety measures
  • Hospitality open for predominantly outdoor seated service only
  • All retail open, except personal care (hairdressers open)

Last Step

Subject to public health advice, the Last Step can start after 23 November when: there are no new cases for 14 days, across Victoria.

Key points:

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Public gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors
  • Up to 20 visitors at home
  • Schools open for onsite learning with safety measures
  • Hospitality open for seated service only
  • All retail open
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with some restrictions

COVID Normal

Subject to public health advice, when there are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories.

Key points:

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • No restrictions on visitors at home 
  • Schools open for onsite learning with safety measures
  • Hospitality and retail all open
  • No limits on weddings or funerals but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with safety measures and record-keeping

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