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Melbourne border goes

Melbourne border goes

Free travel between Melbourne and Gippsland

The border between Melbourne and Gippsland and the regions will be gone at midnight.

That is one of a few announcements today by Premier Daniel Andrews, who also relaxed many of Melbourne's restrictions to bring them into line with the rest of the state.

A date has also been set for the next step to be taken statewide from 23 November.

Today's easing will see the removal of the 'border' between metro and regional areas, meaning travel can take pace freely across the state.

Also from tonight, indoor entertainment venues will be able to open with 20 people per space, meaning movie theatres, galleries, museums and music halls will now be able to open.

The rules around visiting aged care and hospitals will also be relaxed meaning from tomorrow, instead of a specific number of visitors, a household will be able to visit together, once per day and limited to two hours, while the time limit for partners visiting maternity wards will no longer exist.

Individual hospitals and facilities though may continue to have their own policies, reflecting the needs of their patients and whatever the virus might be doing in our community.

Melbourne has come into line with the regions on current restrictions, with more to come in two weeks for the whole state. SEE BELOW.

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From 23 November, if all continues to go well, Victoria will reach the Last Step in the roadmap to a 'Covid Normal' reopening.

Private Gatherings: will be able to increase to 10 people.

Public Gatherings: will be able to increase to 50 people

Hospitality Venues: will be able to have up to 100 indoors, 200 outside subject to density requirements.

- Indoor: Total venue capacity of 100 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density of 1 per 4m2 and a maximum group size of 20 persons.

- Outdoor: Up to 200 patrons per venue outdoors, subject to density of 1 per 2m2

- Total venue capacity: of 300 people.

Weddings: Allowed with up to 100 members of the public, density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Funerals: Allowed with up to 100 members of the public, density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services: Masks can be removed for the person receiving the service of procedure if necessary, such as facial waxing, facials, beard trimmings and piercings around the mouth, nose and cheeks.

Indoor seated venues (e.g. cinemas and theatres): Open for a maximum of 100 people per space and up to 20 people in any group booking), subject to density of 1 per 4m2

Arcade, amusement park, escape room, bingo centre: Indoors: Group limit of 20, up to 100 people subject to density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Electronic gaming: Group limit of 20, Venue cap of 100, density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Nightclubs and karaoke: No change.

Indoor tourism spaces: Seated: The lesser of 100 people or 25 per cent of seated capacity and subject to density quo-tient, with 20 per group, Non-seated: 25 per cent of venue

Community venues: Group limit 20, patron cap of 100 people, density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Libraries and toy libraries: Group limit 20, patron cap of 100 people, density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Indoor pools, including lessons: Patron cap of 50, excluding supervisors, Density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Indoor physical recreation – contact or non-contact: Patron cap of up to 100 people, Group or class size up to 20 people, Density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Indoor community sport – contact or non-contact: Patron cap of up to 100 people, Group or class size up to 20 people, Density quotient of 1 per 4m2

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