Relaxed restrictions for regional Victoria

Staff writers

Further restrictions will be relaxed in regional Victoria from 11.59pm tomorrow.

In good news for the entertainment centre, live music is permitted, but outdoors only.

The band members are included in the total of people allowed in each venue

The Department of Health added band members must be at least two metres apart from one another.

Gyms and fitness studios will be able to reopen for a maximum of 20 people (10 people per space) subject to a one person per 8sqm rule.

Indoor pools are allowed a maximum of 20 patrons subject to a one person per 4sqm rule.

When it comes to indoor seating at hospitality venues, a maximum of two people per table, at a quotient of one person per eight square metres.

When it comes to outdoor seating at hospitality venues, a maximum of 50 diners per area, a group limit of 10, with each area separated by 10 metres from the rest.

A cap on outdoor funerals will increase to 50 mourners.

Up to 20 people, plus a faith leader, can gather indoors for a religious gathering, with up to 50 people and one faith leader outdoors.

Grade 6 and Year 12 graduations have been permitted if within the existing grade cohort, but restricted to staff and students only, provided COVIDSafe requirements are followed.

“Regional Victorians should be proud of this success,” Premier Daniel Andrews said yesterday.

The 14-day rolling average in regional Victoria is 0.2 and in Melbourne it is 4.6.

With an outbreak in the city’s northern suburbs, Mr Andrews put a “cautious pause” yesterday on a major easing of restrictions for residents in the state capital.