Melbourne home visit rules differ from regional Victoria

Clay Curtis
October 28, 2020

Victoria, the hardest-hit state in the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, reported zero new confirmed cases on Tuesday, marking the first time the state has had no new cases for two consecutive days since March.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the two fatalities, a man in his 70s and another in his 80s, happened "some weeks ago" and are related to aged care. Restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars will be able to host up to 50 patrons outdoors, 20 patrons inside.

Some venues, such as Prahran steakhouse Angus & Bon, were even that eager to get back trading they reopened at midnight.

Mr Andrews said the rules were in place because homes were considered one of the most risky environments in which the virus could spread.

"These rules will not be in place forever but they will be in place for some time".

Victoria's conservative opposition leader is Michael O'Brien.

"We have been waiting a long time", he said.

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"We're still hearing a lot of concerns from hospitality that the rules, in some cases, just aren't workable".

Despite case numbers dwindling and businesses poised to reopen, Victoria will only ease limits on social gatherings in the home, allowing two adults and dependents from one house to make one daily visit to one other household.

Masks are mandatory, restaurants are limited to takeaways and deliveries, non-essential shops have to remain closed and there is a ban on travel outside the greater Melbourne area or more than 25 kilometres from home.

More changes are slated from midnight on November 8, including the end of the so-called "ring of steel" separating the capital from regional Victoria, as well as the 25km travel limit.

Hours before Tuesday's rules rollback, the Victorian government also clarified advice on home businesses and workers, masks and Halloween.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media during a press conference in Melbourne yesterday.

Residents will be able to gather outside with up to ten people and there will no longer be any limit on the number of households that can come together at once. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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