At 11.59pm today, Victoria’s five-day statewide lockdown is ending as planned. Most restrictions are lifting, although some are staying in place. Here’s what’s changing.
From 11.59pm on Wednesday February 17:
Do the four reasons to leave home still apply?
No, they do not.
Is the lockdown radius still in place?
No – you’re free to travel more than five kilometres from your home.
When do I need to wear a mask?
Masks are mandatory both indoors and outdoors, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Are restaurants open?
Hospitality venues – including restaurants, bars and cafes – can once again reopen with the same density limits that were in place last week. The same goes for food courts, both indoors and outdoors.
What about retail?
Retail can reopen with pre-lockdown density limits.
Can I have a friend over?
Yes, you are allowed up to five visitors in your home.
Can I have a gathering elsewhere?
Public gatherings are limited to 20 people from any number of households.
Are schools open again?
Yes, schools will reopen, along with childcare, early education and higher education.
Can I go back to work?
Both public-sector and private-sector offices can operate at 50 per cent capacity.
What other restrictions have eased?
• Religious gatherings and ceremonies will return to pre-lockdown density limits.
• There’s no limit on numbers for funerals and weddings, so long as they follow the density requirements of the venues (both indoors and outdoors).
• Sport and recreation activities can go ahead with density quotas in place.
• Entertainment facilities such as arcades, escape rooms, drive-in cinemas, amusement parks, gaming and nightclubs can reopen to pre-lockdown restrictions.
• Real-estate inspections and auctions can continue, with previous density limits.
Are there any other new restrictions?
• Indoor seated entertainment venues will be capped at 50 per cent of seated capacity, for a maximum of 300 people per space.
• The same goes for cinemas: only 50 per cent of seated capacity is allowed, up to a maximum of 300.
• And for indoor non-seated entertainment facilities such as galleries: up to 50 per cent capacity, with a maximum of 300 people per space allowed.
• Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services are once again open, but face masks will be required (except when it’s necessary to remove them for treatment).
• At care facilities and hospitals, one household may visit a patient once per day.
When will the remaining restrictions ease?
The current restrictions will be in place until at least 11.59pm on Friday February 26.
If you have concerns about visiting businesses or public spaces, or questions about self-isolation or coronavirus testing, check out the latest updates from the Department of Health and Human Services.