Melbourne lockdown eases further

Posted on : Tuesday, 27 October 2020

The whole of Victoria has moved to Third Step coronavirus restrictions, as of 11.59pm on 27 October, 2020.  


This means that there are now largely consistent rules affecting both metropolitan Melbourne and the rest of the state.  


The new status means that residents of that city can now:  


  • leave home for any reason, although they are still limited to trips of no more than 25kms; 

  • go to work without a permit, although if they can work from home they must continue to do so.  Workforce capacity limits on manufacturing, construction, medical, pharmaceutical and PPE supply sectors have been removed, as have site visit limits on specialist contractors; 

  • see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people; 
  • have up to two people from the same household visit their home, but restricted to only one visit per day; 

  • go shopping, but there are limits to the number of permitted patrons within the shop and a requirement to keep 1.5 metres apart; 
  • receive personal care and body art services can open, so long as the customer can wear a face mask during the entire service; 

  • operate home-based businesses may also open, as long as they meet the required COVIDSafe rules; 
  • visit cafes and restaurants, with limits of 20 people indoors (10 per indoor space) and 50 outdoors; 
  • participate in non-contact sport outdoors if an adult, and both contact and non-contact sport for those under 18; 

  • exercise outdoors in a group of up to 10 people plus the trainer; 

  • have an outdoor wedding with up to 10 people, including the couple and two witnesses, plus the celebrant or photographer; 
  • attend funerals with up to 20 people, not includingbabies under 12 months of age or the people required to conduct the funeral; 

  • participate in outdoor religious gatherings near a place of worship for up to 20 people plus a faith leader, or 10 people for indoor ceremonies; 

  • attend some outdoor entertainment venues; and 
  • participate in outdoor tours in outdoor groups of up to 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the tour.  Tours in indoor spaces are not permitted. 


The Government has specified that face masks are still required when leaving home. 


If the rolling average number of cases continues to decline, further easing may occur soon.  

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