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Changes Announced

Changes Announced

Some Restrictions Set To Ease From Midnight

A range of restrictions will ease across the Great South Coast, from midnight tonight.

Following a reduction in community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has advised that the lockdown will be lifted state-wide.

The 5 reasons to leave the house will be removed, schools can return to in-class learning, while there's a variety of changes for businesses.

Restrictions that will remain include a ban on visitors to the home, while masks remain a requirement both in and outdoors, for a further two weeks.

A link to the full guideline of restrictions can be found via this link.

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From Premier's Statement

From 11.59pm tonight, Victorians will be able to leave their homes for any reason. Restaurants and cafes can also reopen for seated service.

Retail and beauty and personal care will open in line with density limits, as will entertainment venues and community facilities.

The Authorised Worker List will no longer apply, meaning businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits of 1 person per 4sqm.

Victoria will return to the rule that ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.

In welcome news for families, kids can get back to the classroom with schools reopening for onsite learning to all students from tomorrow.

Public gatherings will be allowed with up to 10 people, with infants under 12 months not included in the cap.

However, due to the significant transmission risk we have seen throughout the pandemic, gatherings in the home are still not permitted.

People will only be able to book accommodation with their household, intimate partner or single bubble person.

Live music venues, dance classes and physical recreation facilities, including gyms, will all open with density requirements of 1 person per 4sqm.

A maximum of 50 people will be permitted at weddings. Funerals will also have a cap of 50 mourners, plus those conducting the funeral. Infants under 12 months are not included in the cap for either.

Masks will continue to be required everywhere indoors and outdoors (except private residences), unless an exception applies.

Results from a recent Burnet Institute study show that masks played a huge role in slowing the spread of the virus in 2020 – and they will be an important part of our defences against the virus for some time to come.

While case numbers in Sydney remain so high, we are still at risk of another significant incursion from NSW so on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, changes will also be made to tighten our cross-border bubble with NSW.

The City of Wagga Wagga, Hay Shire Council, Lockhart Shire Council and Murrumbidgee Council will no longer be included in the cross border bubble.

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