Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that from 11.59pm Wednesday 17 February restrictions will ease across the state.
Key changes include:
- No restrictions on reasons to leave home.
- Schools to open on Thursday.
- Retail, hospitality and beauty to reopen.
- Return to workplaces at 50% capacity.
- 5 visitors to the home and public gatherings of up to 20.
Keep reading for a full list of restrictions and changes.
- No restriction on reasons to leave home but stay safe.
- Public gatherings: Up to 20 people can gather outdoors from any number of households, infants under 12 months are not included in the cap.
- Visitors to the home: Up to 5 visitors can visit a home in a day (infants under 12 months are not counted in the cap).
- Must be carried at all times. Mandatory when inside public spaces and outdoors when cannot maintain 1.5m physical distancing.
- Any person diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19, or who is a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, must wear a face covering if leaving home/accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care.
- Schools, childcare, early education and adult education are open.
Workers may attend onsite as required. On-site office work capped at no more than 50 per cent of a workforce on-site (both public and private sectors).
Eating and drinking out
Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm for indoor and outdoor hospitality venues. Up to 25 patrons are permitted in a venue before the density quotient applies.
Exercise and recreation
A density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies to each space.
Gym and exercise classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class). COVID Marshals required when gyms are staffed. At times when gyms are unstaffed, a density quotient of 1 per 8 sqm applies.
Up to a maximum of 100 patrons for outdoor fitness classes (excluding anyone necessary for running the class) with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm.
Indoor pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs open with a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm.
Outdoor pools open with a density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm.
Ceremonies and special occasions
No maximum wedding attendee caps indoors or outdoors.
No maximum funeral attendee caps indoors or outdoors, density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping.
For weddings and funerals held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 5 people applies.
Eating and drinking out
Up to 25 patrons are permitted in a venue before the 1 per 2sqm
density quotient applies.
No requirement for seated service.
Density quotient of 1 per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people.
Community venues, including libraries and toy libraries
No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping.
Shopping, hairdressing and personal care
- Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm for retail.
- Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services open and face masks required but can be removed if necessary for beauty services.
Care facilities and hospitals
- One household may visit a patient once per day. Exceptions continue to apply. Symptomatic individuals (e.g. sore throat), close contacts and returned international travellers excluded from visiting.