Regional Victoria to Move to Third Step

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Last week the Victorian government released the roadmaps for metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has now announced that “regional Victoria has reached the necessary “trigger point” in our roadmap.” Regional Victoria has “reached a 14-day average of 3.6 and with no mystery cases”. This means that from 11:59pm September 15th, regional communities will progress to the Third Step of the roadmap.

This is welcome news; regional Victoria is able to jump a step ahead of what was planned in the roadmap. Daniel Andrews stated “Today is testament to the determination of regional Victorians. A determination to not only get these numbers low – but to keep them low.”

The move is based on data and evidence. The easing of restrictions is designed to reduce risks while permitting greater freedoms. Much of the strategy focusses on outdoor activities which are considered lower in risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Some of the things that will be possible are:

  • Household can choose one other household to be in a bubble. Visit them in their home or they can visit you in your home – with up to a total of five visitors. 

  • People will be able to gather in groups of ten in outdoor public places, without a limit on the number of households.

  • Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for Victorians aged 18 and under.

  • Outdoor non-contact sport will begin for adults. 

  • Staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in the first two weeks of Term Four.

  • Numbers for weddings and funerals will increase, and religious gatherings can happen outdoors with up to ten people.

  • Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit.

  • Indoors, venues have a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule.

In both cases tables must be spaced at least 1.5m apart, cleaned after every customer. “Details of all patrons must be kept so that if the worst were to happen, we can effectively track and trace the spread of the virus.” Daniel Andrews stated.

  • Beauty and personal care services will also be available with a face covering.

  • Outdoor events like a play in the park or an open-air cinema can take place, in accordance with other restrictions.

  • Regional real estate agents will be able to hold auctions outdoors with up to ten people.

  • Travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria.

Daniel Andrews wanted to remind Victorians, “that even as the rules change, the need to follow them doesn’t.” “With a 14-day average of 52.9, I can confirm Melbourne is on track to reach the Second Step of reopening by 28 September.”

The full statement is available on the link below.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/updates/coronavirus-covid-19/statement-premier-15-september-2020

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 across Victoria will be required to have a COVIDSafe Plan, enforceable from 28 September.

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