Restrictions ease further in regional Victoria

Acting Premier James Merlino has announced a further easing of restrictions in regional Victoria.


ACTING Premier James Merlino has announced restrictions will ease further in regional Victoria.

From 11.59pm tomorrow night, the following will apply.

Public gatherings increased to 50 people.

Five visitors are allowed to your home, plus dependants.

Restaurants and cafes will be able to have 300 people per venue for seated service.

At smaller venues, 25 people are allowed before any density quotient applies.

Religious ceremonies are open to 300 people.

Funerals are limited to 100 people.

Weddings are limited to 50 people.

Office caps have been lifted to 75 per cent or a maximum of 30 people.

In a significant result for country sport, the crowd limits have been raised to 1000 people at outdoor facilities and travel limits for Melburnians have been lifted with the capital moving to settings previously seen in regional Victoria.

“There is no limit on travel between Melbourne and regional Victoria for sport for juniors and adults,” he said.

Masks are not required outdoors, but remain mandatory at indoor venues such as shopping centres and travelling on public transport.

The state’s chief health officer, Professor Brett Sutton, described the further easing of restrictions as a significant moment.

“We are making progress, it is another step forward for regional Victoria and Melbourne,” he said.

“There hasn’t been any transmission in regional Victoria, so we are opening up the state, but there are constraints still in place to manage the risk if there are any cases there.”

Patients at Latrobe Regional Hospital will be able to receive visitors from tomorrow with restrictions set to ease.

Two visitors will be allowed during each of the hospital’s visiting sessions: 10.30am-12.30pm and 4pm-6pm.Visitors must maintain a 1.5 metre distance from the patient’s bedside.

Women giving birth will continue to have a support partner with them until they are transferred to post-natal care, then general visiting times will apply.

However, no visitors are allowed to LRH’s Macalister Unit nursing home.

Visitor restrictions were imposed on hospitals across Victoria on May 27 as a result of a rapidly moving COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne.