Regional Victoria to come out of lockdown

9 August 2021

Written by: Jordan McCarthy

Regional Victoria will return to last week's restrictions.

Regional Victoria will come out of lockdown from 11:59pm tonight, according to Premier Daniel Andrews, though several restrictions will remain in place.

In a media release this morning the Premier announced the end of lockdown and the easing of restrictions but urged those in regional Victoria to go get vaccinated to protect their friends, families and communities.

From 11;59pm the five reasons to leave home will be scrapped and there will be no travel limits enforced, travel into Melbourne will remain restricted however with only those with permitted reasons being able to travel into the city.

Retail will re-open and beauty and tattoo parlours can resume business.

The restrictions still in place are:

  • Private gatherings in the home are still not permitted. Public gatherings with a maximum of 10 people are allowed however.
  • Facemasks are to be worn both indoors and outdoors.
  • Food venues can open for seated service at density of 1 person per 4 sqm and a maximum of 100 patrons.
  • Religious ceremonies are allowed with a density limit of 1 person per 4 sqm, a maximum of 100 people indoors and 300 people outdoors.
  • Entertainment venues are set with the same restrictions as religious ceremonies.
  • Weddings and funerals will only be able to have a maximum 50 people attend, infants under 12 months not included.
  • Community sport though allowed to resume must only have the minimum amount of participants required to train or compete and spectators are not permitted.

Stay at home orders remain in place in metropolitan Melbourne, with the initial seven-day locked down expected to be extended beyond this Thursday.

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