VICTORIA’S lockdown will end at midnight tonight, following a reduction in community transmission of coronavirus in the state.
Under the new settings, to be in place for two weeks, Victorians will be able to leave their home for any reason, with the five kilometre travel limit removed.
Restaurants and cafes can open for seated service.
Retail, beauty and personal care will open in line with density limits, as well as entertainment venues and community facilities.
The authorised worker list will no longer apply, meaning businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits of one person per four square metres.
Office workers can return to their place of work, up to 25 per cent or 10 people, whichever is greater.
All school children will return to school for onsite learning tomorrow.
Public gatherings will be allowed with up to 10 people, with infants under 12 months not included in the cap.
Because of the transmission risk, gatherings in the home will still not be permitted. People will only be able to book accommodation with their household, intimate partner or single bubble person.
People can visit the ski fields, but entry to Victoria’s alpine resorts will require a COVID test and receipt of a negative result within 72 hours prior to visiting. Children under 12 years of age are not required to be tested.
Live music venues, dance classes and physical recreation facilities, including gyms, will all open with density requirements of one person per four square metres.
Community sport can resume for competition and training, with a maximum patron cap of 100 people per indoor space and 300 per outdoor space. There will be a group limit of 10 people, but only people necessary for events to go ahead will be allowed to attend.
A maximum of 50 people will be permitted at weddings. Funerals will also have a cap of 50 mourners, plus those conducting the funeral. Infants under 12 months are not included in the cap for either.
Religious ceremonies will be limited to 100 people indoors and 300 outdoors.
Masks will continue to be required everywhere indoors and outdoors (except private residences), unless an exception applies.
Premier Daniel Andrews said restrictions will be eased thanks to the efforts of Victorians.
“To every Victorian who checked in with our QR system, who got tested and quarantined, and stayed home to slow the spread of this virus, thank you,” he said.
“It’s because of you we’ve able to get on top of this Delta outbreak and open up our state.”
Health Minister Martin Foley encouraged people to check in everywhere they go, wear a mask and get vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible.
“Today is welcome news but with thousands of Victorians in quarantine, we need to remain vigilant to keep each other safe,” he said.
While case numbers in Sydney remain high, changes have been made to the cross-border bubble with New South Wales.
The City of Wagga Wagga, Hay Shire Council, Lockhart Shire Council and Murrumbidgee Council will no longer be included in the cross border bubble.
These local government areas will be included under the Extreme Risk Zone from midnight tonight, in line with the rest of NSW and residents will need a Specified Worker Permit, transit permit, or an exemption to enter Victoria.
For more information on the latest COVIDSafe settings visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.