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Current COVID Restrictions Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Information below is correct as at 28th September 2020

This is an anxious and uncertain time for everyone and support is vital and available. For more information about managing stress and support options, call the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Services on 1800 512 348 or visit the DHHS website here.

The Victorian Government has announced an easing of restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne with regional Victoria remaining at the Third Step.

Metropolitan Melbourne

Victoria is moving towards reopening. Restrictions are changing as part of the steps to reopening.

The steps to reopening can be found in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening.
Metropolitan Melbourne. Metropolitan Melbourne is in the Second Step towards reopening.
From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 a number of restrictions are easing. The changes to restrictions include:


You can now travel up to 25 km from your home or permitted workplace within metropolitan Melbourne. This replaces the 5km rule. Travel to regional Victoria is still only allowed for permitted purposes even if this is within 25 kms. This means you cannot travel into regional Victoria for exercise or recreation.


You can leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.


You can meet in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place to socialise (children under 12 months of age not included in the limit). An outdoor public place means areas accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches. This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.


You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.


You can leave home for four reasons, with limits:
shopping for food or other essential items
socialising or exercise (applies to outdoor exercise, and with your household or up to nine other people outdoors, from a maximum of two households). This needs to be in a public outdoor place (for example a local park)
permitted work, primary and secondary education (when your school and year level are permitted)
caregiving, for compassionate reasons, or to seek medical treatment, also remain permitted reasons to leave home.
For some secondary students, remote and flexible learning continues in the Second Step.

In Term 4, from 12 October, there will be a phased return for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 6, Year 7, VCE (Years 11 and 12 or those doing VCE, VCAL, VETiS or International Baccalaureate subjects) and specialist schools. From 26 October students in Years 8 to 10 will return to onsite learning.
As much as you can, you must stay at home. When you leave home, you must wear a fitted face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

For all the latest roadmap information including an outline of the Step process visit vic.gov.au/roadmap.

For more information on metropolitan Melbourne restrictions

Regional Victoria

Victoria is moving towards reopening. Restrictions are changing as part of the steps to reopening.


The steps to reopening can be found in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening.
Stay safe as restrictions ease by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask when you leave home, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors.

Groups of up to 10 people will be able to meet outdoors.
You must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for permitted work purposes, care and compassionate reasons or shopping for food and supplies, if necessary.

Face masks must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell.

Regional Victoria is in the Third Step. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 some restrictions are easing. The changes to restrictions include:

You can have up to two people visit you at home each day. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The two people may be from different households. This replaces the household bubbles.


Libraries and toy libraries can open for up to 20 people indoors. No more than 10 people can gather in a space (for example for a class). The one person per four square metre rule Signage, cleaning and record-keeping requirements apply.


Outdoor religious gatherings are allowed for up to 20 people plus one faith leader. This replaces the limit of ten people. This includes ceremonies, with no sharing of food, drink, crockery, utensils, vessels or other equipment by participants.


The limits of people in restaurants and cafes increases. You can have up to 70 people outdoors and up to 10 people per indoor space with a maximum of 40 people per venue indoors. Restrictions apply including the two and four square metre rules. Businesses must continue to ensure people from metropolitan Melbourne do not eat-in.

For more information on industry restart guidelines for indoor and outdoor physical recreation, visit the Business Victoria website.

For more information on regional Victoria restrictions

For more information please refer to the DHHS Website

If you feel unwell you should stay at home. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested.