The Victorian Government released its coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening on 6 September with different steps for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
From 14 September, some restrictions will be eased. However, the base principles for keeping safe will stay the same for now. You will still need to:
- wear a mask or face covering
- stay home if you feel sick or unwell
- physical distance from others – 1.5 metres
- cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
- maintain good hand hygiene.
The roadmap has four gradual steps to reopening businesses, schools and social life for people living in Melbourne. Progress to the next step will depend on the number of coronavirus cases at the time. (Please note these steps are specifically for people living in metro Melbourne. For information for regional Victoria you can read our article – Understanding the roadmap for reopening – regional Victoria.)
The first step for metro Melbourne will start from 14 September. The key points of the first step are:
- the curfew will change to 9pm to 5am
- you’ll still need to stay within 5km of your home, except for work or education if these can’t be done at home
- you can now exercise outdoors for up to two hours, and two people or a household can meet to exercise
- if you live alone or are a single parent you can create a single person bubble where one person can visit you
- childcare and schools are still closed and learning from home continues – unless you’re a permitted worker
- shopping is still only for essentials and only one person per household can go out to shop once a day
- restaurants and cafes are still only open for takeaway and delivery.
The second step will start after 28 September if the number of cases is low enough. The key changes will be:
- up to five people from two households can meet socially outdoors – babies under 12 months can be in addition to the five
- childcare will reopen from 28 September and sessional kindergartens will reopen from 5 October at the beginning of Term 4
- Prep to Grade 2, VCE and VCAL students and specialist schools will go back into schools from 5 October at the beginning of Term 4
- you can do outdoor exercise with a personal trainer.
The third step will start after 26 October if the number of cases is low enough. The key changes will be:
- no more restrictions on when or how often you can leave your home
- you can spend time with others – outside where possible
- you can have public gatherings of up to 10 people
- you can have visitors in your home from one other household – up to five people
- Grade 3 to Grade 10 students will possibly go back to school
- restaurants and cafes open for outdoor seated service
- all retail will open including hairdressers – but not personal care, such as beauty therapy.
The last step will start after 23 November if the number of cases is low enough. The key changes will be:
- you can have public gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors
- you can have visitors in your home – up to 20 visitors at a time
- schools fully open with safety measures
- restaurants and cafes will be open for seated service
- all retail will open with safety measures
- a gradual return of organised contact sports for all ages with limits on spectators
- galleries, museums and other entertainment venues will open with some restrictions.
You can read the government’s coronavirus road map to reopening on the Victorian Government website.