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After nearly four weeks straight with no new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and no deaths, Victorians are enjoying reduced restrictions across the state. Victoria has also recently celebrated zero active remaining cases in the state after the last COVID-19 patient was cleared of the virus and discharged from hospital on 24 November.
On 22 November, the Victorian Government announced that restrictions would be eased even more, following the initial changes on 8 November.
Face masks are no longer required when you are outdoors and where it is possible to stay more than 1.5 metres away from people. If you are unable to keep this distance from people, such as when you are waiting at public transport stations, then you must still wear a mask. You must also continue to wear a mask when you are inside, for example in a shopping centre.
You can now travel between regional Victoria and metro Melbourne.
You can travel as far as you want from your home within Victoria and you can travel or leave your home as often as you want and for any reason.
You can go on holiday in Victoria. Accommodation is now open, but limits still apply. Only 15 visitors are allowed at a time.
The border between Victoria and New South Wales also opened up on 23 November.
You can have up to 15 visitors, including dependants, in your home, either together or separately
You can have up to 50 people together at outdoor gatherings in a public space.
Depending on their size, cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants can now serve more people.
Indoor venues that have less than 200sqm of floor space, must allow one person per 2sqm. They can have a maximum of 50 people.
Indoor venues that have more than 200sqm of floor space, must allow one person per 4sqm. They can have a maximum of 150 people.
Outdoor venues must allow one person per 2sqm. They can have a maximum of 300 people.
Exercise and recreation
Indoor exercise like gyms can now have up to 150 people inside. Indoor classes can have up to 20 people and outdoor classes can have up to 50 people. They must still allow one person per 4sqm.
Outdoor physical recreation and community sport, contact or noncontact can have up to 500 people, with a group size of 50 people maxmimum.
Indoor pools can have up to 150 people. Outdoor pools can have up to 300 people. They must still allow one person per 4sqm.
Large sporting facilities, such as the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre, can hold 25 per cent of its capacity, as long as they allow one person per 4sqm.
Libraries and neighbourhood houses are now open. Inside, there is a limit of 150 people and maximum groups of 20. Outside, there is a limit of 300 people and maximum groups of 50. They must still allow one person per 4sqm.
Entertainment and leisure
Cinemas, theatres and galleries are reopen with a limit of up to 150 people per space.
Major cultural institutions and large venues, such as the National Gallery of Victoria and larger theatres, can have 25 per cent of their capacity – up to 600 seated people. They must still allow one person per 4sqm.
Outdoor seated entertainment can have 50 per cent of its capacity – up to 500 people. Outdoor non-seated entertainment, such as zoos, can have up to 500 people. They can have no more than 50 people lining up to enter the venue.
Shopping, retail and personal services
All retail is open. They must still allow one person per 4sqm.
Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services are open and the person receiving the service can remove their mask if they need to.
Ceremonies and religious gatherings
The number of people allowed at religious gatherings depends on whether they are held inside or outside – outside up to 300 with a religious leader and inside up to 150 people per building. They must still allow one person per 4sqm.
Weddings can have up to 150 people, either inside or outside. They must still allow one person per 4sqm.
Funerals can have up to 150 people, either inside or outside. This doesn’t include the people needed to run the funeral. They must still allow one person per 4sqm.
You can read more about the changes to Victoria’s restrictions on the Victorian Government Coronavirus website.