A look at the new rules for Melbourne

By Our Reporter
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday rolled out new rules, which come into effect from 19 October. Here is a run-down.

The five-kilometre limit for exercise and shopping will be extended to 25 kilometres. The two-hour time limit for exercise and socialising will also fall away.

Outdoor sports settings like tennis courts, golf courses and skateparks will be able to reopen.

All allied health professionals currently operating will be able to resume routine face-to-face care.

Outdoor real estate auctions will be able to take place with up to 10 people, plus the required staff.

And in good news, hairdressers will be able to open, with strict safety protocols in place.

Also, groups of up to ten people from two households will also be able to gather in outdoor public places. That could be for exercise—or a picnic in the park.

“We’re also able to get thousands more Victorians back to work—particularly those who work outside. That includes tradies undertaking outdoor maintenance and repair work, mobile pet groomers and photographers.

“My commitment to Melburnians: we’ll review this data each and every day this week and when we get to next weekend, if we can move any earlier and do it safely, we will.

“When we do reach the Third Step it will also mean we move from “stay home” to “stay safe”—with no restrictions on the reasons to leave home.

“Under this step, all remaining retail will open. Restaurants, cafes and pubs will open. And personal and beauty services will be able to offer treatments to clients—as long as a face mask can be worn.

“These businesses will be able to have staff onsite for a ‘dark opening’ from 28 October, giving them time to prepare to open their doors to the public,” Andrews said.

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