Changes To COVID-19 restrictions 25th May 2020

CHANGES TO RESTRICTIONS FROM JUNE 1

*Private gatherings of 20 people in a house, including residents

*Public gatherings (indoor and outdoor) increase to 20 people

*20 guests at weddings, plus a celebrant and the couple

*50 mourners at funerals, plus those required to conduct the funeral

*20 worshippers at private or small religious ceremonies, plus those required to run the ceremony

*20 players for non-contact outdoor sport, plus the instructor



*20 people at auction houses, real estate auctions and open house inspections, plus the people required to facilitate

*Restaurants, cafes and pubs to open and serve meals for up to 20 patrons. Alcohol with meals only

*Overnight stays in private residences

*Camping and tourist accommodation, without shared facilities

*Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours to open with up to 20 patrons

*Non-food and drink market stalls to open

*Community facilities to re-open for up to 20 people, plus staff

*Indoor and outdoor pools to re-open for up to 20 patrons and limit of three people per lane

*Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, drive in cinemas, zoos and arcades to open with up to 20 patrons per space (ensuring density quotient is applied)

CHANGES TO RESTRICTIONS FROM JUNE 22

*Restaurants, cafes and pubs to serve food to up to 50 patrons. Alcohol with meals only

*Increase number of patrons in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades to up to 50 patrons per space

*Ski season can start

*Indoor sports centres, including gyms, to re-open with up to 20 people per single undivided indoor space and up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time.

*Indoor cinemas, movie theatres, concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums to re-open with up to 50 seated patrons

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE GATHERINGS

JUNE 1: Gatherings of up to 20 people including residents will be allowed in homes. Public gatherings (indoor and outdoor) have been increased to allow 20 people. Overnight stays in private residences will also be allowed.

RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND PUBS

JUNE 1: Restaurants, cafes and pubs will be allowed to open and serve meals for up to 20 patrons from June 1. Alcohol will only be allowed to be served with meals.

JUNE 22: Restaurants, cafes and pubs will be allowed to serve food up to 50 patrons. Alcohol will only be allowed to be served with meals.

WEDDINGS, FUNERALS, RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

JUNE 1: The lucky number twenty will mark the number of people allowed at weddings not a celebrant and the couple, while up to 50 people will be able to attend funerals. Up to 20 worshippers at private or small religious ceremonies, plus those required to run the ceremony.

CAMPING AND TOURIST ACCOMMODATION

JUNE 1: Campgrounds tourist accommodation will be open for those eager to pitch their tents, but not their communal facilities like kitchens or bathrooms.

BEAUTY SALONS AND MASSAGE PARLOURS

JUNE 1: Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours will be allowed to open with up to 20 patrons.

CHANGES TO REAL ESTATE SERVICES

JUNE 1: Auctions and inspections will be allowed with attendance limits of 20 people, in addition to the “minimum number of people reasonably required to facilitate” them and residences’ occupants.

CHANGES TO PUBLIC PLAYGROUNDS, OUTDOOR GYMS AND SKATEPARKS

MAY 26: Mr Andrews confirmed public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks will reopen on May 26 after the Herald Sun’ s front page on Saturday revealed a push to overturn the government’s ‘ridiculous’ ban on community playgrounds which experts deemed as low risk.

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR POOLS

JUNE 1: Indoor and outdoor pools to re-open for up to 20 patrons and limit of three people per lane.

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS

JUNE 1: Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, drive in cinemas, zoos and arcades to open with up to 20 patrons per space (ensuring density quotient is applied)

JUNE 22: Increase number of patrons in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades to up to 50 patrons per space

INDOOR SPORTS CENTRES, GYMS

JUNE 22: Indoor sports centres, including gyms, to re-open with up to 20 people per single undivided indoor space and up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time.

SKI SEASON

Ski season can start from June 22.

CINEMAS, MOVIE THEATRES, CONCERT VENUES

JUNE 22: Indoor cinemas, movie theatres, concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums to re-open with up to 50 seated patrons

BACK TO SCHOOL

* Teachers back for pupil-free day on May 25

* Prep, Grade 1 and 2, year 11 and 12 to return to school May 26

* Other year levels to return June 9

* Special schools resume on May 26

* Drop off and pick ups are to be staggered

* Lunch and play times to be staggered

* No camps, assemblies, excursions or sports

* Students to drink only from water bottles not shared taps

* Teachers to have socially distanced workspaces

* Schools to be cleaned every day to end of Term 3

WORK FROM HOME DIRECTIVE REMAINS

Mr Andrews said that Victorians must continue to work from home, saying that staying out of the office where possible is one of the most important measures when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“One thing that won’t change is working from home … It’s the greatest risk and contributes the greatest to the potential of a second wave,” Mr Andrews said.

The working from home directive will be reassessed at the end of June.

Pressure was mounting for playgrounds to reopen.

Pressure was mounting for playgrounds to reopen.

Chief Health Officer, Prof Brett Sutton, said that working remotely may become a long-term scenario for many businesses.

“I think there will be some business choices made simply on the basis that it’s a better business model for some institutions but some of it might be for public health benefit ongoing,” he said.

“If we can reduce the numbers mixing in shared areas like the kitchens, lifts, lobbies – that’s a good thing.

“The risk will be there for as long as the virus is around, so I think it’s a worthy consideration for every business to go through how they can enable working from home.”

PLAN FOR STUDENTS TO RETURN TO UNI IN JUNE

Universities are planning for students to return to lectures on campus as early as June.

Libraries, study hubs and cafeterias would also reopen.

Announcements are imminent but dependent on the Federal Government further relaxing coronavirus restrictions.

A return to physical classes is set to be a major boost for Melbourne’s CBD where streets once bustling with international students have been left deserted.

As of 28th September we will be back in the office to help with any enquiries.

If you are unwell, have symptoms of COVID, have been in contact with someone is suspected of having COVID, please do not go to class. It is only by working together that we can safely get through this pandemic.

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