The new coronavirus rules for regional Victoria include more visitors in...

Regional Victoria is taking another step towards “COVID normal”.

New rules mean there are more ways to welcome visitors into your home, and cafes and restaurants can increase their capacity.

But instead of removing the border with metropolitan Melbourne as some families and businesses had hoped, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the government would actually do so strengthen the “ring of steel” around the city.

That is, there will be run over more checkpoints and more vehicles, to ensure drivers have a valid reason to travel.

“It won’t be there forever and we’ll have freedom of movement in our state if it’s safe – but that’s not now,” said Andrews.

“We want people in Melbourne to stay in Melbourne. Follow the rules and get those [coronavirus] When the numbers in Melbourne are as low as they are in regional Victoria, we can all move around our state freely. “

The Prime Minister says more checkpoints will be put in place to limit travel between Melbourne and regional areas.((ABC News: Patrick Rocca)

The following will change in regional Victoria from Monday.

Visiting friends and family

People in the Victoria area can Invite two people and their loved ones to your home.

This replaces the scrapped social bubble.

This means that each day you can invite a different family into your home, limited to two adults and dependent children or adults who cannot be left alone.

“The bubble is gone,” said Andrews. “You can visit so many different families, but you can only have two adults and dependents at a time.”

A household can also visit a patient or resident of a care facilityfor up to two hours.

However, there may sometimes be different restrictions depending on the resident’s circumstances and the individual facility.

Increased capacity for hospitality

Cafes and restaurants in regional Victoria are allowed Double the number of guests seated inside from 20 to 40.

Individual bookings are still limited to 10 people and each group must be at least 1.5 meters away from others.

There will also be an upper limit of 10 guests per indoor space and density rules of no more than one person per 4 square meters will apply.

Businesses still need to verify that customers live in regional Victoria.

Outside areas can accommodate more people – up to 70 guests per venueas long as they meet a density requirement of one person per 2 square meters.

Food courts are still only intended for take-away and delivery.

A brown Labrador waits outside a café while four guests sit at outdoor tables

A brown Labrador waits outside a café while four guests sit at outdoor tables

The government is encouraging more outdoor dining, where the risk of coronavirus transmission is lower.((ABC News: Billy Draper)

Sport and recreation

Indoor pools can be reopened to anyone under the age of 18, also for swimming lessons, is limited to a maximum of 20 swimmers.

Individual hydrotherapy sessions are also allowed indoorsaccompanied by a medical professional.

Libraries and toy libraries can be reopened for a maximum of 20 people with a maximum of 10 people per room.

From November 1st, some indoor junior sports can be resumed in regional Victoria.

This is limited to non-contact activitiesB. Dance classes and trampoline jumping, which can be done at a distance of 1.5 meters from others.

Spectators are limited to one parent or legal guardian if there is a need to supervise a child, and all activities are limited to 20 people.

Religious gatherings, weddings and funerals

Outdoor religious gatherings can be increased to 20 people.

This will increase to 50 people from November 1st.

The number of people admitted to weddings and funerals has not changed and is still 10 and 20 respectively.

Bushfire and flood preparation

While people living in regional Victoria are already free to travel to other regional areas, people living in Melbourne have been denied access to their holiday homes or second homes.

With the bushfire season approaching and the weather department’s warning of possible flooding in some parts of the state, Andrews has announced a process that will allow essential preparations to be made.

The regional councils will issue fire safety notices from Wednesday Allow Melburnians to travel to regional properties in need of fire or flood protection.

But while they are there, they must obey the Melbourne rules of no eating in restaurants, no long vacations and no access to beauty services.


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