A major easing of Melbourne’s restrictions is happening at 11.59pm on Thursday June 17. And further easing is slated for a week’s time, if Covid case numbers remain low. Here’s what’s changing.
From 11.59pm on Thursday June 17:
• The 25-kilometre travel limit will lift, permitting travel between metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. (Travel to regional alpine resorts is only allowed if visitors have had a Covid test within 72 hours of leaving Melbourne.)
• Masks will no longer be mandatory outdoors, unless a 1.5-metre distance cannot be maintained. They will still be required in all indoor settings.
• Small home gatherings will be allowed – two people per day, plus dependents.
• The public-gathering limit will increase to 20 people.
• Gyms can reopen, with density limits and Covid-safe plans in place.
• Hair and beauty services where a mask can’t be worn can resume.
• Accommodation can be booked by single households, plus two adults and their dependants.
• Hospitality venues can host up to 150 people, including no more than 75 indoors, with a maximum group size of 10. But 25 people will be permitted in venues before the one-person-per-four-square-metres density quotient kicks in. Only seated service is permitted.
• Offices can operate at 50 per cent capacity or with 20 people, whichever is greater.
• Weddings can be held with up to 20 people (including the two people getting married, the celebrant and two witnesses). Dance floors aren’t allowed.
• Funerals can go ahead with up to 75 people.
• Religious gatherings can go ahead for up to 150 people, including no more than 75 people indoors.
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.