Victoria sees further relaxation of restrictions, international flights to resume from December 7

Melbourne CBD as seen from Parliament Station.

Victoria recorded its 23rd straight day of zero new coronavirus cases on Sunday, 22nd November, 2020, allowing the state to reach the final step of its roadmap towards Covid-19 normal.

Premier Andrews announced further easing of restrictions which shall be in effect from 11.59pm Sunday 22 November 2020.

In the updated easing of restrictions, face masks will no longer be cumpulsory when outdoors in Victoria – provided physical distancing is maintained. Face masks are still cumpulsory indoors and on public transport, and at crowded outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible.

Victorians will also be able to have up to 15 visitors per day in their homes. Outdoor gatherings in a public place – the park, the beach – will increase to 50.

Limit on indoor weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies indoors will be increased to 150 people.

In the hospitality sector, for smaller venues, the density limit will change to one person for every two square metres – up to 50 customers. QR code record keeping will be mandatory. For bigger venues, the density limit will stay the same, but the cap will increase to 150. Total venue capacity will also rise to 300. 

Cinemas, galleries and museums will also be able to host up to 150 people indoors.

Contact and non-contact sports can begin for adults as well as kids – 150 people indoors with a group size of up to 20 and 500 outdoors with groups of up to 50.

“We have had a long hard winter. Now it’s time to enjoy the sun”, Premier Andrews said. He has also said further easing of restrictions will be announced for a Covid-19 normal Christmas.

Meanwhile, Victoria is also scheduled to restart its hotel quarantine program from 7th December. International flights for Australian citizens and Permanent Residentes will be allowed into Melbourne from the 7th, and they will have to quarantine in hotels for 14 days before being allowed back in the community.