What the new coronavirus rules mean for Victorians

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The Victorian government has announced that COVID-19 restrictions will ease from 11.59pm on Thursday.

Acting Premier James Merlino has announced that schools will return to on-site learning. Melburnians will be free to leave home for any reason, but must stay within 25 kilometres of their home, unless they are travelling for work, education, care or vaccine.

Masks will not be required outdoors but must still be worn inside.

Cafes and restaurants will reopen in Melbourne, for seated service, with a maximum of 100 people, 50 indoors.

Retail can also reopen with density limits.

Below you’ll find a building list of what we know about the new rules. Please check back regularly as this story will be updated to reflect new information.

Stay at home requirements

  • Removed
  • All Victorians are free to leave home at any time


  • Increases from 10km to 25km
  • Travelling further is allowed for work, education, care or vaccine

Face coverings

  • Not required outdoors when physically distancing by 1.5m
  • Must still be worn indoors except in private homes or with a lawful exception


  • Office settings increase to a capacity of 25 per cent or a cap of 10, whichever is greater
  • Work from home if you can

Public gatherings

  • Increase from two people to a maximum of 10


  • Schools – on-site learning for all students
  • All retail
  • Food and drink – seated service, maximum 100 people, 50 indoors
  • Higher education/training
  • Religion – maximum 50 people
  • Weddings – maximum 10 guests
  • Outdoor physical recreation/sport – maximum 100 people
  • Community sport – training allowed but 25km limit applies
  • hairdressing, beauty, personal care – masks must be worn

More to come

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