Metropolitan Melbourne to see relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions from Monday, Curfew to be lifted

An aerial view of Melbourne CBD and its surrounding areas. (Image: Flickr)

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move to the Second Step of Victoria’s roadmap for reopening from 11:59 p.m, Sunday, 27th September.

Here are a few important ease of restrictions that will be in effect:

  1. Nightime curfew, which was in effect from 9p.m. to 5 a.m will be lifted. There will be no nightime curfew after 5 a.m., Monday, 28th September.

2. Childcare centres will be open to all children, and the 5-kilometre limit will not apply.

3. Five people rom a maximum of two households can meet outdoors in a public place like a park. Travelling beyond 5 kilometre radius is not permitted.

4. Face Coverings is cumpulsory, and it must be a ‘fitted mask that covers the nose and mouth’. Face shields, which until now have been permitted as a face covering, will not be allowed. A week’s grace period will be allowed before the change is enforced.

5. For shopping, there will be no limit on the number of people from one household.

6. Weddings can be held in outdoor spaces with five people including the couple, and two witnesses.

7. Religious gatherings and ceremonies can take place outdoors with five people and one faith leader next to a place of worship.

Furthermore, an estimated 127,000 workers will be returning to work in various industries with Covid Safe Plans.

The Premier also said Melbourne could realise the third step on October 19, a week earlier than originally scheduled and the next step would not be decided by a timeline, rather meeting its next trigger point.

Subject to public health advice, the Third Step can start when:

  • daily average number of cases in the last 14 days in Regional Victoria is less than 5 
  • there are less than 0 cases in Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the last 14 days.