What are the rules for regional Victoria’s re-opening?

Regional Victoria will open up in the next 24 hours, and move to step three in the government's road map after the Premier praised residents' efforts, saying they had done a "mighty job".

So what does stage three look like? Below you'll find a list of what will change.

Regional Victoria: third step

Timing: Begins 11.59pm on September 16

Regional Victorians will still have to wear masks but the four reasons for leaving home will no longer apply. The will be permitted to travel within regional Victoria but not to metropolitan Melbourne, unless for work, study, care giving or for necessary goods or services.

Gatherings: Allowed up to five visitors at a time with a household bubble with one other nominated home.

Households can only be in one bubble at a time and bubbles cannot cross metro and regional areas.

Police at a road block on the Hume Highway in KalkalloCredit:The Age

Up to 10 people can gather outdoors, with infants not included in the cap.

Hospitality: Pubs, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons outside with density quotas. Tables will have to be 1.5 metres apart.

Larger venues will be able to seat up to 70 people outdoors at a time and 20 people inside. There will be a cap of 50 seated patrons per space.

Work and study: Work from home if you can.



From October 5, the start of term four, VCE and VCAL students can attend on-site for GAT and essential assessment.

Primary school students will have a staggered return to on-site learning.

From October 12, all secondary students will have a staggered return to on-site learning

Outdoor physical recreation: Up to 10 people in any group, inclusive of households.

Outdoor community sport will resume for people under 18.

Outdoor non-contact sport will resume for adults.

Personal training is allowed outdoors for up to 10 people.

Outdoor trampoline centres and skateparks are open.

Hairdressing, beauty and personal care: Open, but only where the client can wear a face covering for the duration of the service or procedure (eg hairdressing, manicures, pedicures, body waxing, tattooing).

Real estate auctions: Permitted outdoors, limited to 10 members of the public plus the minimum of people required to conduct the auction.

Inspections will be private appointment only, and in accordance with the public gathering limit of 10 people.

Accommodation: Accommodation operators will be allowed to reopen under tight restrictions, with bookings restricted to:

  • Members of a single household.
  • Intimate partners.
  • Members of a single household and a maximum of five members of another household who are part of the nominated 'household bubble'
  • People living in regional Victoria.

Weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies:

Weddings can have up to 10 people (including the couple and two witnesses) plus celebrant

Funerals can have up to 20 people, plus infants under 12 months and those who conduct the funeral

Outdoor religious gatherings (not ceremonies) can have up to 10 people plus one faith leader

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