Premier Daniel Andrews’ original path out of COVID-19 lockdown would have seen the lifting of the 5km radius, hospitality allowed a limited reopening and household social bubbles created. It is the first time all of Victoria has been on the same restrictions level since late June, when 10 Melbourne postcodes were locked down as the second wave was spreading. He said the different rules for the numbers of people who could attend pubs and funerals did not make sense. Such rapport might have been useful in the case of a cleaner and a truck driver who did not tell contact tracers the full story, which saw the virus spread silently to the state's north. Restrictions including a ban on dining at restaurants after 6 pm and the mandatory wearing of masks in all outdoor public areas are set to remain in force until at least August 25. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Religious ceremonies will be increased to 50 people outside. Those who can work from home must continue to work from home under the new rules. Since then, Victoria has refined the system further. There'll be other changes for Melbourne too. The same numbers will apply to funerals, but there's no change to weddings — for now. The new modelling - a collaboration between the Victorian government, The Doherty Institute and Monash University - is theoretical and … The state has had nine consecutive "double doughnut" days of no new infections or coronavirus deaths, bringing the rolling 14-day average down to just 0.4. The ring of steel lift from 11:59pm November 8. a cleaner and a truck driver who did not tell contact tracers the full story, which saw the virus spread silently to the state's north, How a single case of COVID-19 sparked a lockdown, UK, US and Germany all record staggering daily death tolls. As for trust, the local hubs aim to build a stronger rapport between positive cases and contact tracers. In the early days of the pandemic, Victoria's contact tracing system came under criticism for being slow and clunky. And the time limit for partners visiting maternity wards will no longer exist. Intimate partners or people who normally live at the home continue to be excluded from the two-person limit. ... groups of five can visit other homes from Sunday, which is Mother’s Day. Regional Victoria reported no new cases of coronavirus on Thursday - and that drop could mean restrictions lift as early as next week.. Victoria's restrictions to remain despite other states lifting measures. Victoria’s state of emergency has come to an end, with the state government expected to outline a plan to slowly lift coronavirus restrictions this week. By Sarah Swain. What cafe did you go to? Victoria faces a 60 per cent risk of enduring a third wave of coronavirus before Christmas if restrictions lift too early, the state government has said. Maggie* was enlisted as a contact tracing agent — an independent contractor — when Victoria scrambled to boost its tracing capability. Melburnians will have to wait a bit longer than regional Victorians before an... Read more » Starting from December 13, residents will be allowed to host Christmas parties and other gatherings inside their homes for up to 30 guests. Something that I know will mean a whole lot to a whole lot of families, the rules around visiting aged care and hospitals will also be relaxed. So where can you go and what can you do? 4:53 Fraser Island bushfire bears down on Happy Valley. Man who allegedly rammed into woman in Alice Springs Hospital carpark charged with murder, Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account over risk of inciting 'violent acts', 'Remarkable' rare drone footage captures dugongs mating. "We're in a really fortunate situation. ... A police dog helped Victoria Police Department locate the two suspects So what's the hold-up? Infants under one year old are still excluded from the cap. Christmas is back on for Victorians with a series of sweeping changes to the state’s coronavirus restrictions after months in strict lockdown. South Australia will re-open to Victorians in the coming weeks. It means the rules that are currently in place for regional Victoria will apply to the entire state. Published: 09/05/2020Updated: 9 May 2020 5:13 AM. Be aware of restrictions in your destination and when you return to the ACT. Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Sunday announced steps to slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. She says phone calls can sometimes last eight hours. Trump told his supporters: 'Our journey is just beginning'. SINGAPORE: Singapore will lift its border restrictions for all visitors from mainland China and Australia’s Victoria state from next Friday (Nov 6). Here's what that means for visiting family, travel and the return to school. Victoria’s premier and deputy health chief have given strong hints as to which restrictions could ease when the next step of the state’s roadmap is released. We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. The Oxford vaccine is now available. That means movie theatres, galleries, museums and music halls will now be able to open. 0:00 ‘Freedom day’ as coronavirus restrictions lift in NSW and Victoria. By comparison, experts said Victoria's healthcare system was under-resourced and over-centralised. Picture: Karleen Minney Travel between Victoria and the ACT is no longer restricted as … Melbourne has come into line with regional Victoria's coronavirus restrictions. Other number limits on gatherings, pub limits, weddings and funerals will also be increased in line with regional Victoria. Breaking News from Melbourne and Victoria ... A final set of eased restrictions will be announced in a fortnight on December 6, with Mr Andrews saying they would be the final changes for 2020. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. But you cannot know a system's weaknesses until it is again put under pressure. Hospital and care facility visitation restrictions have been slightly relaxed to allow one household to visit a patient or resident for up to two hours. This is irrespective of whether the Fire Danger Period has been introduced in a municipality or not. Check the advice per state and territory for more information. Of course, in getting there — we'll continue to rely on the advice of our public health experts. For regional Victoria, the following restrictions will ease from 11.59pm tonight: The data is very clear on this: so many of our recent outbreaks were connected to home visits. This week, Victoria celebrated a milestone 14 days in a row of "double doughnuts" — zero new cases overnight and zero deaths. Local nurse and now-contact tracer, Melissa Warburton, has seen up close how time-consuming contact tracing can be. Special dinners and cups of tea. There are some other changes that we've been able to bring forward. Download the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the world, Here's what is changing in Melbourne and regional Victoria, Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases and no deaths for ninth day in a row, Charting the pandemic: Latest data on the NSW and Victoria outbreaks, Victorians flee NSW ahead of border closure, leaving tourism operators in tears, Sydney may have 'missed the boat' for effective lockdown, expert says, What border restrictions are in place in each state and territory for NSW and Victorian travellers. The restrictions will be lifted from 11:59pm tonight. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask while on your flight. "Of course we're going to need masks where you can't socially distance. Greater Brisbane has been plunged into lockdown. From 22 November — and in line with the public health advice — Victoria is on track to reach the Last Step in our roadmap towards reopening. People living together under the same roof — whether a positive case, close contact or secondary contact — will now be managed as a household with a "client coordinator" assigned as a dedicated contact point. There is no change to the rules on public gatherings, meaning up to 10 people from any number of households can continue to meet in public. Workforce caps have been lifted for the meat, poultry and seafood processing industries, but strict COVID-safe rules must continue to be followed. The urgent question is, where will it end? Overwhelmingly, the answer was 'yes', although some people would like to … It means the rules that are currently in place for regional Victoria will apply to the entire state. Daniel Andrews let it slip that Victoria's restrictions could be eased even quicker than he set out in the state's 'roadmap to recovery'. Today, because of that sacrifice, our state can be whole again. "Nine days of zero is utterly fantastic, but there can be individuals who haven't been identified. Instead we provide guidance, taking into account the COVID-19 situation in other states and territories. Note - A separate Total Fire Ban declaration will mean no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day. By Nicole Mills The Prime Minister dubbed New South Wales the "gold standard" that every state should be aiming for. Note - A separate Total Fire Ban declaration will mean no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day. Further restrictions are set to be lifted at 11:59pm on November 22 if cases remain low, including allowing up to 10 people at indoor private gatherings and up to 50 outdoors. From tonight, and across the state, indoor entertainment venues will be able to open with 20 people per space. The urgent question is, where will it end? Previously, Melburnians could only have up to two adults from the same household in a home. LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. But the hardest thing of all has been missing the people we love most. Indoor sport for those 18 and under can recommence. And we'll continue to rely on the efforts of every Victorian. From Monday, restaurants and pubs will have their density limits increased to 40 patrons indoors and 70 outside. Victoria has been living under both a state of disaster and a state of emergency for months. From 11:59pm on Sunday, 6 December 2020 Victoria moves to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions. Victoria's tourist towns are hoping coronavirus restrictions will lift before school holidays. So you might have 10 more phone calls just associated with that one person.". What's open and what's not during Greater Brisbane lockdown? More detail about other changes will be made available online. More on 7NEWS.com.au. "Nine days of zero is not the same as a vaccine," Mr Andrews said. Restrictions will ease in regional Victoria this week, as a “cautious pause” is placed on the lockdown being lifted in metropolitan Melbourne due to an outbreak in the northern suburbs. December 7, 2020: 'Freedom day' as coronavirus restrictions lift in NSW and Victoria; and the Fraser Island bushfire bears down on Happy Valley. We asked readers if they support Victoria's current coronavirus restrictions. After regional borders are opened up, he said the state government may then look to … You're going to want to use them on public transport and at the shops and supermarkets," he said. Stage 3 coronavirus restrictions are being lifted in Victoria. Theatres and cinemas can also reopen, with 20 patrons per space. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced an end to the curfew and a COVID-safe return to work for 127,000 Melburnians, as restrictions were eased at midnight Sunday night. 2:36 Quarantine bungle forces 174 people into self isolation. Great. "And then you also then unpack their contacts. A year 5 boy at a school in East Preston sparked an outbreak. "You don't know where they've grown up and so what reaction they expect from governments. Breaking News from Melbourne and Victoria ... A final set of eased restrictions will be announced in a fortnight on December 6, with Mr Andrews saying they would be … Tourist accommodation across the state will now be open, with limits in place for who can make bookings. Those under 16 will also be able to visit hospitals. Indoor religious ceremonies will be increased to 20, with 50 allowed outside. But Maggie says Victoria needs to work harder at understanding the reasons why people might lie, especially those who fear visa or illegal work arrangements might come under scrutiny. From Monday, restaurants and pubs will have their density limits increased to 40 patrons indoors and 70 outside, How a single case of COVID-19 sparked a lockdown, UK, US and Germany all record staggering daily death tolls. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. So will the state's system cope now that Victoria is opening back up? There'll also be increases for other indoor venues like cinemas and gym and galleries. ", Professor Sutton said: "The best assumption to make is that there are more cases out there and we need to continue testing to find them.". Previously, visitors had only been allowed if they had specific exemptions. This is irrespective of whether the Fire Danger Period has been introduced in a municipality or not. 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By now everyone knows the drill when it comes to keeping safe — so I won't waste words. Picture: David Crosling NSW recorded one new case of locally acquired COVID-19 in the latest reporting period. Victoria is the last ... 'Let alone when you think about the logistical challenges of getting people in and out of lifts or lobbies.' "Sure, the wealthy can get it and white-collar workers and office workers can get it. S'pore to lift border restrictions for visitors from mainland China & Australia's Victoria state from Nov. 6. Melbourne residents flocked to pubs and retail stores at 11.59pm last night to mark the easing of restrictions with a cold drink and celebratory shop. "Victoria will … The purpose of these directions is to address the serious public health risk posed to Victoria by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). For regional Victoria, the following restrictions will ease from 11.59pm tonight: The Premier insists the virus is just as dangerous for everybody, but epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws says this virus does indeed discriminate. We asked readers if they support Victoria's current coronavirus restrictions. 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Photo: ABC There are now just four confirmed active cases across the entire state. Since then she has heard her fair share of lies. Up to 10 people from any number of households will be able to gather outdoors, however, Victorians are still required to wear a face mask in public. From 11.59pm on Tuesday, these rules will apply in Victoria outside of Melbourne: Gyms and fitness studios reopen in regional Victoria, to a maximum of 20 people, a maximum of 10 people per space, and a density of one person per eight square metres The Government has shifted its slogan from "staying apart keeps us together" to "stay safe, stay open". Our hospitality venues will be able to have up to 100 indoors, 200 outside. imploring Victorians own up to any cash-in-hand job they might have, or places they might have visited, Download the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the world, the Health Department says its instructions were clear. The restrictions were lifted at 11:59pm on Sunday night. In some cases, that information has been uncoordinated and confusing. We've seen it in outbreaks in abattoirs in Germany, in America. LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. Victoria eases Covid restrictions again as it reaches 37 days without a case. From Tuesday, the border restriction with Victoria will be lifted, allowing free travel from that state into South Australia for the first time since March. For now, the Victorian Government has souped up the plane while it's been in the air, so it will fly better when it's tested again. Once per day and limited to two hours. The day after Georgie suggested to the ABC that a singular liaison point should be offered to households to avoid confusion, this very scenario played out. Metropolitan Melbourne has been subject to Stage 4 restrictions since 2 August 2020 with residents under stay at home orders following a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the community. His family says it received an email the previous weekend saying all its members were cleared to leave isolation. By Lara Pearce • Senior Producer 9:27pm Nov 22, 2020 Christmas is back on for Victorians with a series of sweeping changes to the state's coronavirus restrictions after months in strict lockdown. THE WAIT FOR FREEDOM: Victoria set to announce lockdown lift. Victorian Premier insists the rules must remain in place for now. "Viruses always go for those that can least afford it," she says. Singapore will unilaterally lift border restrictions to visitors from Australia - excluding Victoria state - and Vietnam from Oct 8. Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the 25-kilometre travel limit in Melbourne and the "ring of steel" separating the city from regional Victoria will be lifted, as part of a widespread relaxation of restrictions in the city. Melbourne's network of local contact tracing teams was supposed to be running by now. Community spaces like libraries or RSLs and neighbourhood houses can have up to 20 indoors, with groups of up to ten. Georgie* spent 25 days in isolation when her sister and son caught the virus. Andi Yu. Private gatherings will be able to increase to 10 people. And they'll give you a name and I'm there on Google trying to find it, and it's just not there," she says. 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As of … Mr Andrews said the state of disaster, which was introduced when the citywide curfew and other measures came into place under stage 4 lockdown, would not be extended. We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. "If I hadn't pushed for things, I probably would have left [isolation] before I should have.". Scathing criticisms of $1.3 billion military contract fully revealed for the first time, Broadcaster apologises after Warne, Symonds caught on hot mic talking about Labuschange, 'Crisis point': UK, US and Germany all record staggering daily death tolls, Homicide investigation opened into death of police officer killed in US Capitol riot. Victoria's coronavirus restrictions lifting could be the first test of revamped contact tracing system NSW recorded one new case of locally acquired COVID-19 in the latest reporting period. If English wasn't my first language or I was financially strained, it would have just been awful because it's really confusing at best," she says. Overwhelmingly, the answer was 'yes', although some people would like to get back to the office and see schools reopen. Restaurants, pubs and cafes will be able to host up to 40 customers indoors and 70 outdoors. Collectively, we've missed the big moments and the small. South Australian pubs could reopen as early as June, with a state government plan that would allow larger pubs to welcome 50 customers at a … Hospitality, a maximum of 20 people inside and 50 people outside, will reopen from 11.59pm on November 1. What's open and what's not during Greater Brisbane lockdown? B.C.’s top doctor say the province could begin lifting social contact restrictions in the province in the middle of May, but warns that life won’t be the same until there is a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. I want a clear answer'," she says. Daniels Andrews, Gladys Berejiklian and Annastacia Palaszczuk on Q+A as Victoria and Queensland plan to ease lockdown restrictions. The ring of steel lift from 11:59pm November 8. New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania are signalling no major changes to restrictions this weekend. Local municipality (council or shire) boundary map are produced in … Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has repeatedly told residents their secrets are safe with contact tracers, imploring Victorians own up to any cash-in-hand job they might have, or places they might have visited. I think it's probably more of a fear thing than intentionally trying to be rude.". The ABC has heard of cleaners who went into work sick. "But it's always the underemployed, part-time employed, those that live in crowded conditions. "Victoria will be once again united as one single state," Mr Andrews said. It's really important that people stick within these rules. Some social gathering restrictions could lift in three weeks, says Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed restrictions on some social gatherings could be scaled back on May 11. From 11:59pm tonight, the boundary between Melbourne and regional Victoria will come down. Victoria has stunned the world with how successfully it has stamped out its coronavirus outbreak. Why is this so significant in the battle to control COVID-19? Rather than easing restrictions when the criterion for new cases was met, the government had also, unnecessarily, set a … Victoria restrictions lift in time for Christmas. But local knowledge can help streamline these calls, she says. "I had to be really forceful, 'I want to speak to your supervisor. Find out how to opt in for more Victorian news. Why is this so significant in the battle to control COVID-19? At the second wave's peak in early August, the state reported 725 new coronavirus cases overnight. But the rules for masks look set to remain in place beyond November 22. "Today is the day to be positive and optimistic about the future, but the constant refrain has got to be, stay safe in order to stay open," Mr Andrews said. Gatherings for religious services, weddings and funerals will also increase too. A realignment of metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria coronavirus restrictions will allow buyers to travel statewide for private property inspections and to compete at auctions, at which attendances will be capped. The cleaner failed to tell tracers she worked at a butcher in Chadstone, while the truck driver didn't say he had visited Shepparton and Benalla, as well as Kilmore. © Getty Ash McCall greets his girlfriend Harriet Beard at Adelaide Airport as she returns from Melbourne after borders between South Australia … The current restrictions are expected to be in place at least until the end of summer, though keep in mind these are "unprecedented times" and restrictions could ease or tighten with little notice. "I'm constantly amazed by the information people give us," he says, noting that the more people trust contact tracers, the more forthcoming they will be with information. The lifting of restrictions from midnight on December 1 means any Victorian can … This blog is now closed Density quotients are expected to be lifted for sport and recreation. The 25-kilometre limit will no longer be in place. 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