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Victoria takes the final steps towards reopening

Spring Street, Melbourne, at a rally during lockdown. Photo: Unsplash

23 November 2020 11:22am

Victorians will no longer have to wear face masks in most outdoor settings as part of the latest easing of restrictions announced by the Victorian Government.

More than three weeks of no new coronavirus cases means Victoria can safely move to the Last Step of the Roadmap to Reopening.

Premier Daniel Andrews said, “Taking this step towards reopening is a credit to every Victorian who has followed the rules – and a demonstration of what we can achieve when we work together.” “Here and around the world we have seen how infectious this virus is – and how rapidly it can spread. It’s why we need to continue to follow the advice of our medical experts.”

As of today, Victorians can now host 15 visitors at their home per day, while up to 50 can gather outside in a public place like a park or the beach.

Face masks remain compulsory indoors, including public transport, unless you have a medical exemption. Face masks must also be worn in taxis and in ride share services.

But a mask does not have to be worn outdoors, unless you are not able to maintain 1.5m physical distancing from people you don’t live with – for example, at a busy outdoor market or queuing outside a restaurant.
Victorians are required to carry a mask with them at all times.

These are the important changes under the Last Step:
• You can have up to 15 visitors to the home per day. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50 people
• Cafes and restaurants will be able to have up to a maximum of 150 indoors and a total venue cap of 300 people, subject to density limits
• Cap on weddings and funerals increased to 150 people
• Religious gatherings will also increase to up to a maximum of 150 people indoors and 300 outdoors
• Community sport to return in full for contact and non-contact sports for children and adults – indoors will be limited to 150 people with group sizes of 20 and outdoors to 500 people with groups of 50 people
• Cinemas, theatres and small galleries capped at 150 people
• All hospital and aged care visitation restrictions will be removed, but individual facilities may still set their own rules.

The Victorian Government has also announced that from Monday, 30 November 30 office workers can begin returning to the workplace, with a cap of 25 per cent.

Additionally, from 11:59pm Sunday, 13 December, Victorians will be able to have 30 visitors to the home per day.

Victoria takes the final steps towards reopening Spring Street, Melbourne, at a rally during lockdown. Photo: Unsplash 23 November 2020 11:22am Victorians will no longer have to wear face