Curfew Ends

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From 5:00am on Monday September 28th the curfew that has been in place in Melbourne since early August will end following advice from Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

A new fine of almost $5,000 has been put in place for unlawful indoor or outdoor gatherings.

The consistently low infection numbers over the past two weeks and a 14-day average in the low 20’s has meant that some restrictions not scheduled in Step 2 have also been eased.

Melbourne is also on track to move to Step 3 earlier than in the original roadmap with October 19th as the new date for review.

Some of the changes that take effect include:

There is no longer a limit of one person from a household going shopping, but the 5km limit still applies.

Exercise

  • Workers with a permit can exercise within 5-kilometres of their workplace.

  • Activities such as fishing or hiking are allowable within that 5km radius.

  • Outdoor training will be allowed for two people plus one personal trainer.

Gatherings Outside

  • Five people from no more than two households will be able to gather.

  • Weddings will be allowed with a limit of five people, including the couple and two witnesses.

  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies also have a limit of five people plus one faith leader.

  • Cemetery visits will be allowed with conditions.

  • Ten people can attend a funeral, as well as the people needed to conduct the service.

Workplaces

  • 127,000 workers can return to work.

  • Outdoor sole traders such as gardeners and landscapers can work as long as they stick to a COVID-safe plan.

  • Many industries can have a partial return to work if they have COVID-safe plans in place. Including childcare, pet grooming, real estate.

  • Warehousing and distribution centres will no longer have to operate with reduced workforces.

  • Wholesale businesses that were closed can open with 67 per cent of their normal daily worker levels.

  • The workforce capacity will be increased for meat, poultry, and seafood processing.

Health

  • People in hospitals will be allowed one visitor per day for a maximum of two hours.

  • Patients under 18 can have two parents or carers visit, with no time limit.

  • Dentists will be able to resume providing non-urgent services.

  • Allied healthcare will be allowed to commence non-urgent services, with a COVID-safe plan.

  • Social workers, speech pathologists, dieticians, audiologists and prosthetists can commence face to face appointments.

There have also been changes to childcare and education, but no changes for hospitality and accommodation businesses in Melbourne.

Full details at Second Step Melbourne Restrictions

It is essential that all businesses have in place a COVID safe to open and stay open. WorkSafe Victoria has conducted checks and a number of businesses have had improvement notices issued.

COVID Safe principles will always apply

  • Wear a mask or face covering

  • Don’t go to work if you feel sick or unwell

  • Physical distancing (1.5 metres)

  • Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow

  • Good hand hygiene

  • Outdoor activities

All businesses must have a COVID Safe plan before they can open.

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