Regional Victoria’s roadmap

Up to 30 guests will be allowed on Christmas Day, if all goes to plan according to the state government's newly-announced roadmap.

Regional Victorians will be waiting until at least November 5 until people can visit homes, but should have 30 people around the Christmas table, under the state government’s newly announced plan out of lockdown.
In announcing the ‘Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan’ on Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews said the state’s plan struck a balance between opening up Victoria and preserving the healthcare system, with the dates dependent on public health advice and subject hospitalisations.
When the state is expected to reach 80 per cent first dose vaccinated on September 26, restrictions that should ease in regional Victoria include:
• Regional Victoria is out of lockdown;
• Masks can be removed for the entire booking at hairdressers and beauty services; and
• Final years VCAL students can return to onsite learning.
A month later when the state is expected to reach 70 per cent double dose vaccination (from October 26), more social and recreation activities should open up for fully vaccinated people in regional Victoria:
• Indoor physical recreational activity will return for 30 fully vaccinated people;
• Pubs, clubs and entertainment venues will be open indoors to 30 fully vaccinated people; and
• Funerals and weddings will be allowed for 30 fully vaccinated people indoors and 100 fully vaccinated outdoors.
The Chief Health Officer will provide advice on the return to on site learning for remaining year levels in regional Victoria by September 30.
Victoria is expected to reach 80 per cent of its population aged 16 and over fully vaccinated by November 5, when regional Victoria and metro Melbourne will come together under the same rules.
Restrictions across the state should ease to allow:
• Up to 10 people (including dependents) at a home;
• Up to 150 fully vaccinated people to dine indoors, and up to 30 to gather in public outside;
• Indoor community sport to open for the minimum number of fully vaccinated required;
• Mask wearing to be only required inside;
• Pubs, restaurants and cafés to open for seated service only, up to 150 fully vaccinated people inside and 500 outdoors;
• People should work from home if they can, but can go to work if fully vaccinated;
• Hairdressing, beauty, personal care to open for fully vaccinated people;
• All retail to open;
• Early childhood education and care to open, all students to return to school with additional safety measures in place and on site adult education to return for fully vaccinated Victorians;
• Weddings, funerals, and religious services to return for 150 fully vaccinated people indoors, and 500 outdoors.
Two weeks later, when the population aged 12 and over is expected to reach 80 per cent vaccinated, restrictions will align with the national plan.
More details are expected to be developed as part of the national plan, which will be announced “in coming weeks”.
“The [Burnet Institute] modelling has helped our public health teams get a picture of what our hospitalisation rates could look like while cases are still rising and develop trigger points to indicate if the system is becoming overstretched – allowing time to implement further health measures and protect it from becoming overwhelmed,” Mr Andrews said.
“While we’re no longer aiming for COVID zero, it’s imperative we don’t jeopardise our health system as we open up – too many Victorians rely on it every day.
“The COVID-19 thresholds detailed in the roadmap will be important measures to maintain as we move through the different stages in order to safeguard the health system.
“There will be a ‘guard rail’ system in place, which will allow our public health team to adjust restrictions if hospital admissions become too high.”
For more information or to read the roadmap, click here.