Victorians have been eagerly awaiting the latest changes to the restrictions that have gripped the state.
Victoria had now had 23 double donut days in a row and has only 1 active case in the state.
Today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has made some significant changes that will help us all feel a little more relieved.
Masks have been a sore point for many over the lockdown with many believing they don’t provide any benefit against COVID.
The good news is that masks are now NOT required in outdoor settings providing you can social distance. They will however still be required indoors.
Mr Andrews said, “Masks, which have played a very important part in delivering these low numbers … masks will be required inside in all settings inside, they will not be required when you are outside,”
“However, you need to carry the mask with you. You will need to wear the mask outside if you can’t distance.”
Visitors to homes have also increased to 15 per day, with further eased restrictions before Christmas.
Hospitality venues can increase from 100 people to 300. The indoor limits are subject to limits based on the size of the venue with caps at one person per 4sqm in large establishments and 2sqm in smaller cafes and restaurants.
Gyms will be allowed to have up to 150 people in groups of up to 20 providing they follow the 4sqm rule.
Up to 500 people can participate in sport at a venue in groups no larger that 50. Sporting stadiums will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Great news for fans of the cricket.
Victorians must always carry a mask. While you can be mask free in an outdoor carpark, you will need to wear it inside a supermarket.
The new rules will come into effect from 11:59pm tonight.
From December 14, (just in time for Christmas) limits will increase to 30 visitors in the home. Time to order your Christmas turkey.
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