Shepparton News

The new rules for the rest of regional Vic

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Here are the changes to rules for regional Victoria, from Thursday at midnight, excluding Greater Shepparton.

Greater Shepparton residents may be able to look forward to restrictio­ns being eased as early as next week, but for the moment these rules do not apply to the Greater Shepparton local government area.

The rules below will apply to the rest of regional Victoria from Friday morning.

Stay-at-home requiremen­t:

● no stay-at-home requiremen­t.

● removal of 5 km travel limit.

Intrastate travel limit:

● allowed across regional Victoria.

● movement between metropolit­an Melbourne and regional Victoria restricted to specified purposes:

■ necessary goods and services (provided facility is closest facility to place of residence).

■ care or compassion­ate reasons (including bubble buddy / intimate partner).

■ authorised work/education.

■ other specified reasons e.g. moving home.

● Travel to regional Victorian Alpine resorts permitted provided visitors have had a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours. Children under 12 years not included. Must be able to show evidence of a negative test as condition of entry into ski field. Workers are highly recommende­d to take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival at the resorts.

Private gatherings:

● Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single person bubble permitted.

Public gatherings:

● Permitted for up to 10 people.

Face coverings:

● must be carried at all times.

● must be worn indoors and outdoors by Victorians aged 12 years or over except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies.

● recommende­d that primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or if an exception applies.

● exception for food and drink limited so that face coverings can only be removed to eat and to drink

non-alcoholic beverages.

Work:

● If you can work from home, you should work from home. Office work – 25 per cent return or up to 10 people if total workplace is 40 or less; density quotient of one person per four square metres applies.

Early learning centres, kindergart­en, childcare, family day care:

● open for regional Victorian children.

● open to children of metropolit­an Melbourne authorised workers, single parents and vulnerable children.

● twice weekly PCR testing for childcare workers moving between metropolit­an Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Schools:

● open for Prep to Year 2 and Year 12 only. Remote learning for other levels.

● open to children of metropolit­an Melbourne authorised workers and vulnerable children.

● twice weekly PCR testing for teachers moving between metropolit­an Melbourne and regional Victoria.

● density quotient of one person per four square metres applies in non-student areas. Face mask requiremen­ts apply to everyone 12 years and over.

Higher education and training:

● Closed, remote learning only

unless permitted study.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies:

● Permitted with up to 20 persons per venue (and those workers necessary to conduct the ceremony).

Funerals (indoor and outdoor):

● Permitted with no more than 20 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap.

Outdoor playground­s, communal gym equipment and skateparks:

● Open.

Outdoor personal training:

● Allowed with up to 10 people and a trainer.

Community sport:

● Permitted outdoor training only with the minimum number required to train. Spectators are prohibited except one parent permitted to supervise children.

Community recreation facilities:

● Outdoors only with up to 20 people per facility.

Outdoor pools:

● Open with up to 50 people.

Community facilities:

● Open with maximum of 20 people per facility.

Indoor fixed seated entertainm­ent:

● Open with maximum of 20 people per space.

Outdoor fixed seated

entertainm­ent:

● Open with up to 25 per cent capacity with maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is less.

Non-seated outdoor venues:

● Open with up to 25 per cent capacity with maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is less.

Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres:

● Closed.

Amusement parks:

● Outdoor spaces align with outdoor non-seated venues – 25 per cent capacity with maximum 300 per space, whichever is less.

Retail betting venue:

● open — in line with retail settings:

■ density quotient one person per four square metres.

■ COVID check-in marshal.

■ masks mandatory at all times; cannot be removed for eating/ drinking in retail settings.

Electronic gaming:

● open — in line with hospitalit­y settings.

● seated service only; outdoor cap of 20, indoor cap of 10 and density limits.

Events:

● Permitted to proceed in line with the restrictio­ns in place in each setting.

All retail:

● Density quotient of one person per four square metres applies. Check-in required.

● Masks mandatory at all times and cannot be removed for eating/ drinking in retail settings.

All beauty/personal care:

● Open with a cap of 10 — masks must remain on for duration of service.

Food and drink facility:

● Open for seated service only with maximum of 20 outdoors and 10 indoors subject to density limits.

Food courts:

● Open for takeaway service only. Masks must be worn at all times and cannot be removed for eating or drinking in retail settings.

Accommodat­ion:

● Open to people who live in regional area. Bookings permitted for single households, intimate partners or single bubbles.

Real estate

● Inspection­s: Open for private inspection­s only with a maximum of 10 people plus real estate agent.

● Auctions: Open with a maximum of 10 people.

Tourism spaces:

● Open with up to 20 people for outdoor tours. Indoor tours are closed.

Care facility visitor restrictio­ns:

● For permitted purposes only, including:

■ To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing (including mental health support and support for people living with dementia).

■ To support residents under 18 years of age.

■ As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act.

■ To provide interprete­r or informal language support.

■ For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge.

■ To provide end-of-life support to a resident (this also includes lifethreat­ening conditions).

■ Non-essential contractor­s are restricted from entry.

■ No more than two visitors per day unless visit is for end-of-life reasons. For end-of-life visits, two visitors are permitted at a time with no maximum daily limit.

■ A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependants of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.

■ Prospectiv­e residents not permitted to visit.

 ??  ?? Freedom is coming: From Thursday at midnight, many regional Victorian businesses, excluding those in Greater Shepparton, can open, people can gather outdoors in small numbers or share a COVID-safe meal or drink with friends.
Freedom is coming: From Thursday at midnight, many regional Victorian businesses, excluding those in Greater Shepparton, can open, people can gather outdoors in small numbers or share a COVID-safe meal or drink with friends.

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