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Melbourne’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown: What You Need To Know

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20 Sep 2021

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During a press conference yesterday, Sunday 19 September, Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews announced Melbourne’s roadmap out of lockdown.

After reaching the states 70% vaccination target on Thursday last week, the Premier announced the easing of a number of restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne from 11.59pm on Friday 17 September including:

  • Outdoor gatherings (picnics) permitted for up to two people from separate households for the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and up to five people from two households for fully vaccinated.
  • The 5km radius expanded to 10km
  • Outdoor personal training resumes for up to one trainer and two people, with outdoor exercise limits raised from 2 hours to 4 hours
  • Outdoor gyms and skateparks reopened
  • Real estate inspections resumed by private appointment only

Simon Thewlis from Save Victorian Events requested further clarity on what the latest easing of restrictions in metro Melbourne meant for the Victorian events community. Thanking the Victorian Government for their active support, Save Victorian Events issued the following statement on Friday last week.

“We can finally confirm that 5 people are allowed at an event venue – including a business/conference venue or facility or a virtual event studio – to broadcast an event. It can be a business event or a music or entertainment event or the like. 

“While we’d prefer more people to be allowed, this is a start which will help more virtual events to happen until the next stage of opening up. We will certainly be continuing to work to try to get the numbers increased.

“This also marks a growing understanding within government of the important role that events – including virtual events – play in helping organisations to really engage with their teams, their stakeholders and their communities.  And that this is critically important in challenging times.”

Now with the announcement of Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown released yesterday, several dates for the coming weeks and months have been outlined for further easing of restrictions as vaccination targets continue to be reached. Non-religious events are still mostly absent from the plan, with tight control on numbers gathering both indoors and outdoors set to continue for a while longer.

Phase A

Phase A will activate upon the state reaching a target of 80% first dose vaccinations, currently predicted to occur on Sunday 26 September. In metro Melbourne, Victorians will be able to get outside and catch-up with friends. Under the same outdoor gathering limits as picnics, either two unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, and up to five fully vaccinated people from a maximum of two households, will be able to meet for recreational activities like basketball, golf, tennis, cricket, or similar activities. Personal training will also resume for up to five fully vaccinated people outside.

Regional Victoria will come out of lockdown, with Beauty Services and onsite Education to resume.

From Tuesday 5 October onwards, schools in metro Melbourne will gradually be reopened. Schools in Regional Victoria will continue to be open for on-site learning for VCE Units 3/4, final year VCAL & IB Students, Prep and Year 1 and 2 students.

Phase B

Phase B will activate upon the state reaching a target of 70% double dose vaccinations, currently predicated for Tuesday 26 October. This will trigger the end of Melbourne’s lockdown, though there will be some restrictions still in place.

  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated people will be allowed to gather outdoors.
  • Pubs, clubs and entertainment venues will be allowed to open to 50 fully vaccinated people outdoors.
  • Funerals will be allowed for 20 fully vaxxed indoors, or 50 fully vaxxed outdoors.
  • Weddings will allow 50 fully vaxxed outdoors.
  • Hairdressers will also resume services for up to 5 fully vaccinated.

In regional Victoria, more social and recreation activities will open up for the fully vaccinated Victorians, including a return to indoor community sport, indoor pubs, clubs and entertainment for 30 fully vaxxed, as well as greater capacities on funerals and weddings.

Phase C

Phase C will activate upon the state reach a target of 80% double dose vaccinations, currently predicated for Friday 5 November. At 80% double dose, regional Victoria and Metro Melbourne will come together under the same rules.

Social & Recreational:
  • Up to 10 people (including dependants) are permitted at your home
  • Up to 150 fully vaccinated people can dine indoors, and up to 30 can gather in public outside.
  • Indoor community sport open for minimum number required.
  • Masks are only required inside.
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes can open for seated service only, up-to 150 fully vaccinated people inside and 500 outdoors.
Work:
  • Work from home if you can, but you can go to work if fully vaccinated.
Hairdressing, Beauty & Personal Care:
  • Open for fully vaccinated people.
Retail:
  • All retail open.
Education:
  • Early childhood education and care is open.
  • All students return to school with additional safety measures inplace.
  • On-site adult education returns for fully vaccinated Victorians.
Religious Ceremonies:
  • Weddings, funerals, and religious services return for 150 fully vaccinated people indoors, and 500 outdoors

Phase D

Phase D will activate once 80% of Victorians ages 12 an over are fully vaccinated, currently predicated for Friday 19 November. At this time, restrictions will be brought into line with the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response. The hope is that by Christmas 30 visitors will be allowed into homes across the country.

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