Regional Victoria will move to Step Three of its roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions from 11.59 pm tomorrow night (September 16) just two days after moving to Step Two.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced today that the trigger points needed to move to Step Three — the daily average number of new cases be less than five and zero cases with an unknown source in the past fortnight — have been reached.
As of today, regional Victoria had a rolling average of 3.6 and there are no new mystery cases since September 1.
"I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that from 11.59 pm tomorrow night, regional Victoria will be able to take the third step," he said.
"That's a massive thing, it's such good news and I'm so pleased and proud of every regional Victorian."
Step Three will see significant changes to restrictions including:
• No restrictions on reasons to leave home.
• Up to 10 people can gather outdoors.
• You can create a ‘household bubble’ with one nominated household allowing up to five visitors from that household to visit you at a time (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap).
• Hospitality businesses can open for predominantly outdoor seated service (with restrictions).
• Beauty and personal care can open where a face covering can be worn for the duration of the service.
• Outdoor venues and events can open subject to pre-approved plans.
• Accommodation is open (with restrictions).
• Weddings can have up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant) while funerals can have up to 20 people (not including people required to conduct the funeral).
• Outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader are allowed, with facilities open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader.
• Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will be allowed for under 18s, while adults will only able to play outdoor non-contact sport, with gathering and density limits. Outdoor skate parks can open and outdoor fitness for up to 10 people is allowed.
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