Thursday, January 20, 2022

READ latest Covid restrictions eased in Melbourne

Covid restrictions will ease in Melbourne on Thursday at 11.59 pm, the city moving to the same settings in place in regional Victoria. The restrictions are set to remain in place for the next 14 days.
Here is everything you need to know about what’s changing:
Masks
Masks will only be required to be worn in indoor, public-facing settings.
They will no longer need to be worn at schools for students and staff, or at workplaces if you do not interact with the public.
For example, office workers and factory workers no longer need to wear masks. But customer-facing workers, such as hairdressers, supermarket staff and beauticians must wear them.

Gatherings

There will be no change to the number of people permitted at private household gatherings, with only 15 visitors permitted per day.

Venue capacity

A range of venues will move to a one-person per two square metre capacity limit with no overarching caps, including: hospitality, gyms, physical recreations venues, community facilities, creative studios and places of worship – providing a COVID check-in marshal is on-site.
Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed “vertical consumption” can now take place at hospitality venues, rather than just seated service.

Stadiums and theatre

Crowd numbers will increase at approved public events, with outdoor stadiums able to welcome 75 per cent of its capacity – up to 40,000 people.
Indoor stadiums can open to 75 per cent of capacity, with a limit of up to 7500 people.
Capacity at theatres has also been expanded to 75 per cent, with a limit of up to 2000 people.
Entertainment
There will be no group limits for entertainment venues, with indoor fixed seated entertainment open to 75 per cent capacity, with a maximum of 300 people per space.
Outdoor fixed seated entertainment will be open to 75 per cent capacity with a maximum of 1000 people per space.

Dance floors

Dance floors can return with a 50-person limit, providing a COVID check-in marshal is present.

Weddings

Masks do not need to be worn at weddings providing COVIDSafe settings are in place.

‘Careful’ easing of restrictions

Mr Foley said the state had to carefully ease restrictions due to the “slower than forecasted” rollout of the Commonwealth vaccination program.
He also said the reduction in travel caps was yet to take effect from the National Cabinet decision to halve the number of flights into states and territories.
“Our public health experts have urged us and recommended that we continue to act carefully and cautiously as we move out of those restrictions,” he said.
“The good news is that the position here in Victoria is stable. That means that we can ease our restrictions further.”

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