Victorian venues will be allowed to reopen with limited capacities as the state’s lockdown lifts from tonight.
From 11.59pm local time, Premier Daniel Andrews said Victorians will be allowed to leave the home for more than just the so-called “five reasons”. The 5km radius will also be removed.
Indoor non-seated venues will be allowed to reopen, subject to a density quotient of one person every four metres and a maximum capacity of 100 people. Indoor fixed seated venues, such as cinemas, will also be allowed to open up to 100 people.
Outdoor venues can have up to 300 people per space, with the four square metre quotient in place in non-seated areas.
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Nightclubs will be allowed to open to a seated capacity of 100 people with a four square metre rule. However, dancefloors will be banned.
Visits to the home are still prohibited, and outdoor gatherings are capped at 10 people. Mask-wearing is still required both indoors and outdoors.
“We understand that [being unable to visit homes] will be challenging for people who have not seen family and friends for a couple of weeks now, and many for longer periods than that,” Andrews said at the press conference this morning.
“But we know that this is where transmission occurs … it is incredibly important that we regard the home as what it is.
“It is in many respects, from a ‘transmission of this virus’ point of view, the highest risk environment.”
These restrictions will be in place for at least the next two weeks, meaning large events taking place over the next fortnight such as the Melbourne International Film Festival could be affected.
“Today is welcome news but with thousands of Victorians in quarantine, we need to remain vigilant to keep each other safe – so please check in everywhere, every time, wear a mask and get vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible,” Health Minister Martin Foley said in a statement.
Victoria’s fifth lockdown first came into effect on July 15, expecting to last five days. It was extended for another week in light of a large number of exposure sites.
The news in Victoria follows a similar move from South Australia to end its seven-day lockdown from tomorrow morning (July 27).