THE state government says there will be no snap lockdown, despite Victoria’s health officials announcing new restrictions because of a ballooning number of COVID exposure sites.
Gippsland has so far not made it to the list of 72 identified exposure sites, with most venues in and around Melbourne and Geelong, but restrictions still apply across the state.
Ten new cases were recorded Wednesday, and by Thursday morning there were 19 active cases in Melbourne, with one from a returned traveller and most stemming from infected furniture removalists from New South Wales.
Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Clare Looker said the new restrictions were “steps we can take right now to protect ourselves and each other”.
Face mask rules are now mandatory indoors for everyone aged 12 and over, including teachers, educators and secondary school students, unless an exemption applies. Masks must also be worn outdoors if a 1.5 metre distance from people not in the same household can be maintained.
However, in a move welcomed by regional businesses, there are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home and no limits on the distance people can travel.
Retail and hospitality businesses are open with density limits.
Beauty and personal care services are open with density limits, and while workers must wear a face mask, customers can remove theirs during the service.
Restaurants and cafés are open for seated service with density limits and no venue cap. A venue is not required to provide seated service if a COVID check-in marshal is positioned at all entrances to the venue. There are no limits on group bookings and food courts are open with density limits and no venue cap.
Hospitality venues less than 100 square metres can operate without a density quotient, provided that no more than 25 members of public attend. These venues must have a check-in marshal at all the entrances.
Up to 15 people can visit the home per day (including dependants other than infants under 12 months).
Patients at hospitals and care facilities can have two visitors at a time and up to five visitors per day. End of life patients can have two visitors at a time and there is no total limit per day.
Outdoors, friends and family can meet in a public place in a group of up to 50 people.
People are not required to work at home and offices can have 75 per cent capacity or 30 people, whichever is greater, with a density limit of one person per two square metres.
Schools and universities are staying open.
Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed with density limits in place and no overall venue cap.
Weddings can go ahead with up to 300 people at venues, which includes the couple and two witnesses.
Funerals are allowed with up to 300 people, not including infants under 12 months or the people conducting the funeral.
Community sport continues for all ages, including training and competition. Spectators are allowed within the venue and density limits apply.
Indoor and outdoor physical recreation is open, with class sizes of up to 50 people, plus the trainers.
There is a maximum capacity of 300 people per indoor space and 1000 people per outdoor space for all physical recreation and community sport at physical recreation venues. Indoor seated spaces can have the greater of 75 per cent seated capacity, or a density quotient of one person per four square metres (or one person per two square metres, in the case that a COVID check-in marshal is at entrances open to public).
Equipment must be cleaned between uses.
Community facilities including libraries are open with density limits and no venue cap.
Community facilities can operate with lesser of a density quotient of one person per two square metres if they have a COVID check-in marshal at all the entrances to the facility to require check-in via the Service Victoria app.
For more information visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.