Most restrictions in Melbourne will lift, although a few are staying in place. Here’s what’s changing.
From 11.59pm on Thursday June 10:
Do the five reasons to leave home still apply?
No, they do not.
Is the lockdown radius still in place?
Yes – the 10-kilometre radius has been extended to 25 kilometres. The only reasons to go further than 25 kilometres from your home are for work, education, caregiving or to get vaccinated.
Can I visit friends and family or holiday in regional Victoria for the long weekend?
Travel from metropolitan Melbourne into regional Victoria is still off the cards for now.
Do I still need to wear a mask?
Masks are still mandatory anywhere outside of your home, including both indoors and outdoors.
Can I have a friend over?
No – home gatherings are still not allowed.
Can I have a gathering elsewhere?
Public gatherings are limited to 10 people from any number of households.
Are restaurants open?
Hospitality venues – including restaurants, bars and cafes – can once again reopen with density limits of one person per four square metres. Only 100 people will be allowed per venue, with a maximum of 50 people inside.
What about retail?
Retail can reopen with the same density limits.
Are schools open again?
Yes, schools will reopen, joining childcare and early education services. Students in higher education and training are encouraged to keep learning from home if possible.
Can I go back to work?
Offices will be able to return with 25 per cent capacity or a cap of 10, whichever is greater.
What other restrictions have eased?
• Hairdressing, beauty and personal-care services can open once again, but only for services where masks can be kept on.
• Religious gatherings and ceremonies are capped at a maximum of 50 people.
• Funerals can have a maximum of 50 mourners, while weddings can have up to 10 guests.
• Sport and outdoor recreational activities can go ahead with density quotas in place.
• Outdoor seated entertainment venues can reopen at 50 per cent capacity, or with a maximum of 100 people.
• Real-estate inspections and auctions can continue, within density limits.
Can I visit family or friends in hospital or aged care?
No visitors are permitted into aged care, residential facilities or healthcare settings, except for essential care, end-of-life reasons or as a support partner for birth.
What’s still closed?
• Indoor physical recreation and sports centres – including gyms, play centres and trampolining
• Indoor non-seated entertainment venues, as well as arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres
• Amusement parks
When will the remaining restrictions ease?
No information on this has been provided.
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.