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Victoria's pathway out of restrictions


The state government has mapped a pathway out of lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria that depends on falling case numbers.


First Step: from September 14 Stage 4 measures continue for two weeks with some changes

* Curfew to move back an hour to 9pm-5am, from 8pm

* Outdoor exercise time doubled to up to two hours a day

* Single-person or single-parent households will be allowed one nominated visitor under a new "social bubble"

* Public outdoor gatherings of two people allowed for up to 2 hours

* Playgrounds will reopen

* Curfew and 5km radius travel limit remains until October 26

Second Step: from September 28, if average daily cases are 30-50 in metro Melbourne over previous 14 days

* Public gatherings increase to up to five people from two households

* A staged return for Prep to Year 2, VCE/VCAL and specialist schools in Term 4

* Childcare reopens

* More workplaces open

* Outdoor pools reopen, personal training for up to two people per trainer

* Outdoor religious gatherings of up to 5 people plus 1 faith leader

Third Step: from October 26, if average daily cases are less than five new cases statewide and less than five cases from unknown sources over previous 14 days

* Curfew dropped

* Leaving home allowed, no restrictions on reasons or distance

* Public gatherings increased to 10 people outdoors

* Up to five visitors allowed from another nominated household

* Schools will see a potential staged return Year 3-10 based on epidemiology reports

* Retail and hairdressing reopen

* Hospitality: predominantly outdoor seated service, group limit of 10 and density limits

* Sport: staged return of outdoor non-contact for adults while outdoor contact and non-contact for under 18s resume

Last Step: from November 23, if no new cases for previous 14 days

* Public gatherings up to 50 people outdoors

* Up to 20 visitors at a time allowed into a home

* All retail shops can open

* Hospitality: indoor group limit of 20 people for seated service, cap of 50 patrons

* Real estates open, with safety measures

* Sport: open subject to safety measures, contact sport resumes for all ages

* Weddings, funerals allowed a maximum of 50 people

* Religion: public worship resumes subject to density quotas


Second Step: from September 14 (no Step One)

* Public gatherings of up to five people from maximum of two households can meet outdoors

* Single "social bubbles", as per Melbourne, will apply

* A staged return to onsite learning for all students in Term 4

* Outdoor playgrounds and outdoor pools reopen

Third Step: will apply when regional Victoria reaches less than 5 cases on average over 14 days and zero cases with unknown source over 14 days.

* Leaving home allowed, no restrictions on reasons or distance

* Public gatherings of up to 10 outdoors allowed

* "Household bubble" of up to five visitors from another nominated household allowed

* Hospitality: predominately outdoor seated service, group limits of 10

* Sport: phased return of outdoor under 18 years contact and non-contact sport; outdoor non-contact sport only for adults

* Funerals can have 20 people

* Weddings can have 10 people

Last Step: from November 23, if no new cases for 14 days state-wide

* Public gatherings of 50 people outdoors allowed

* Up to 20 visitors allowed

* Hospitality: indoor groups limited to 20, seated service, cap of 50 patrons

* All retail shops, includes beauty and personal care services, can open.

Source: Victorian government

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