World News – AU – Your questions answered: What COVID-19 restrictions will be eased and what it means for Melburnians


After more than 100 days of lockdown, from 11 Sunday at 5:00 p.m., the state government will change many of the COVID-19 restrictions that govern daily life in Melbourne, but what this means for the inhabitants of the city?

There are also many questions about what Melburnians will be allowed and prohibited to do on Mondays, from November 2 and beyond We have attempted to answer a few:

People will now be able to travel within 25 kilometers of home, instead of five kilometers. You cannot travel beyond the metropolitan limit, even if it is within your 25 kilometer radius

People must continue to stay in their homes, except for the four permitted reasons – to buy food and other necessary goods; for reasons of care or compassion; for work or education; for exercise or social interaction As of Monday, however, this now includes a chop and coloring at a barber

Melburnians will be able to exercise or socialize outside for as long as they like starting Monday, as the two-hour limit will be abolished

From Monday 10 people from two different households can gather outside From November 2 the two house rule will be removed, but the limit of 10 people will remain

For now, Melburnians in individual bubbles and intimate partners remain the only people who can visit someone else’s home

From November 2, Melbourne households can accommodate up to two people (plus their children) once per day All single bubbles and exclusive arrangements will be waived

Tennis, golf, pétanque and skateparks are back from Monday under the new changes Outdoor facilities will limit the number allowed to 10 at a time, unless groups can be separated by at least 100 meters, like on golf courses Fitness and dance classes are still prohibited Outdoor pools can now accommodate up to 30 swimmers Individual hydrotherapy sessions with health professionals will be allowed in indoor pools

You cannot walk more than 25 kilometers to exercise Up to 10 people from two households can exercise together A personal trainer can work with only two people outside

From November 2 Melburnians under the age of 18 will be able to play contact sport At the same time adults can resume non-contact sports in greater numbers Gyms will remain closed for the foreseeable future

Non-essential home exterior maintenance, such as pool maintenance and renovations such as house painting, is back, with up to five operations allowed in your home The fine print means ‘they are not allowed to do non-essential work inside your home

Yes, you do this every time you leave the house, unless you have an exemption Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has yet to announce a date for the relaxation of mask rules, but it won’t soon

People on the list of authorized related health services can operate from Monday This means that people who have used certain telehealth services can return to in-person care if they wish

Yes! Goodbye to home haircuts, mules and gray streaks Hairdressers can reopen from Monday Beauty and personal services must remain closed until November 2, when people can book for their long-awaited pedicures

Reception venues will be able to open from November 2 A maximum of 20 people will be allowed to sit inside, while up to 50 will be able to sit outside, subject to the ‘social distancing, council laws and density requirements Group reservations will be limited to 10 people Food courts will remain take-out and delivery services only

Starting November 2, stores will be reopened for in-store shopping, with density and social distancing restrictions

From November 2, up to 10 people will be able to attend weddings and up to 20 mourners will be allowed to attend funerals Outdoor religious gatherings will also increase to 20 people

Yes, make your offers, but only 10 people can attend, so spectators will be moved. Commercial real estate inspections will also begin

Solo and automatic car washes resume operations from Monday Mobile pet grooming businesses may reopen

No official, organized outdoor entertainment will be allowed in Melbourne until November 2, when large outdoor venues without seats, like the Melbourne Zoo, can reopen Outdoor sit-down entertainment will also return with a cap 50 people or 25% of the capacity in fixed places It is still not clear what that means to watch sports such as, for example, a horse race on the first Tuesday in November.

Melburnians who own property in the Victoria area or countryside will be able to travel there starting Wednesday this week, but only to prepare for floods or fires Owners will need to get a letter from their local councils who will receive instructions from the police and the Chief Medical Officer of Health Restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, however, travel with you so no meals allowed at the local pub and no visits to neighbors

No changes will be made to the « steel ring » in the coming weeks In fact, the borders surrounding the Melbourne metropolis will be strengthened with more checkpoints and more cars checked

Can I go to an AFL party or watch the game over a barbecue with friends?

No Friends and family are not allowed to come to your house to watch the game as Richmond and Geelong go head to head for first place

We have also invited readers to submit their own questions in response to the new rules as well. Here are some of those we have received and the answers we can provide at this point

From November 2, will we be able to organize picnics with 10 people from as many households as we want? Or 10 people from two households?

Yes From November 2, up to 10 people can gather outdoors from any number of households (children under 12 months are not included in the limit), or more than 10 if all the people are from the same household

Here is what the Prime Minister had to say about the Melburnians going to the Victoria area and vice versa: « As long as we have the differences… the science that tells us Melbourne is different from the regions, we will have these [borders] The checkpoints will be removed as soon as possible, but we are not yet in that position I would like to have a situation by Christmas where people can travel more freely « 

We don’t know yet The government is trying to prevent a third wave and a third lockdown, and the whole debate has been about getting the numbers under control, so as the Prime Minister said, we don’t  » let’s not ping pong in and out of the restrictions ”

Government PDF says 25-kilometer limit will be removed on November 2 But Prime Minister said he will stay after that Is document correct or is he right?

He was not unequivocal that the 25-kilometer limit remained in place until November Depending on the number of cases, it could go beyond November 2, so he did not rule out extend it

I am in the Melbourne metropolis Can I leave home and drive around my 25 kilometer zone?

Not before the third stage, scheduled for November 2 But you can drive to your favorite exercise location by car if it is less than 25 kilometers from your home

Outdoor photographers are allowed to work Are there any restrictions on the distance they can travel? Say I want to go to the Twelve Apostles, or Phillip Island, or the CBD, which are all over 15 miles away? Do I have to have a work permit as an individual entrepreneur?

Authorized workers can travel freely (but must adhere to Melbourne restrictions in the Victoria area) And you need a permit

I need some sort of indication when the gyms can open For my mental well-being, I am desperate to go back to the gym

Unfortunately there is no date Even though many restrictions have been relaxed significantly in the Victoria area, gyms still cannot open as they are considered high risk The Prime Minister has said that « there will be a time » when we can consider reopening restrictions, but it is not now

Can I travel more than 25 kilometers to get to an MRI appointment that has already been arranged earlier in the year?

Yes No matter what stage or stage we are at, you can travel as far as you want for your medical appointments

Any news on the possibility of NSW reopening its border to the Victorians (especially as they are pressuring Queensland to open when their cases are higher than Victoria’s) there a postponement of return schools for all grade levels of the year?

No, not yet Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian have yet to talk about the removal of the border And nothing about the return of students to class

No The Prime Minister went specifically to golf at his press conference today and said: « Golf is normally played with four people I don’t think it will be played with four I think it will be played with less than that There is usually some material that is shared, breaks and bunkers and things like that I don’t think that will be the case There will be different stages in different contexts to try to make it as safe as possible, and for example, the clubhouse of the tennis club or the golf club will not be open « 

Non-seated outdoor museums may reopen from November 2 Indoor venues will still remain closed as part of the third stage

Can we clarify what’s going on with the offices and what will be the expectations as to how it will work?

It still hangs in the air Sunday, the prime minister said working from home will stay in place “for a while.” The government is still working with businesses and industry groups to return to office, but there is has concerns about workers gathering in stairwells, touching elevator buttons, meeting in tea rooms, taking crowded public transport to work

So I still need a work permit if my job is more than 25 kilometers from my home (what is it)?

You still need an authorized work permit even if you are working within 25 kilometers of your home

Is the rule for a metropolitan and rural partner to visit each other the same as before?

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