Today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a long-awaited decision for regional Victoria, alongside delaying announcing the next steps in Melbourne’s re-opening, saying it is “not safe” to significantly ease restrictions yet.
In regional Victoria from 11:59pm on Tuesday, gyms in regional Victoria will be back open. These include fitness studios and there will be a maximum of 20 people allowed, with a maximum of ten per space and a density of one person per 8 square metres.
This is huge news for the regional Victorian fitness industry who have been forced to close their doors since the second wave of restrictions in July.
Alongside the great news on gyms, food courts will reopen, and live music can resume as part of outdoor hospitality.
Indoors faith gatherings can go ahead with 20 people inside (plus one faith leader) from 11:59pm on Tuesday with 50 people.
Outdoor funerals will also be allowed 50 people, indoor pools will open to 20 people, and indoor community sport (non-contact for those under 18) can go ahead as well. School graduations can be held within school communities.
From 11:59pm tonight, Greater Shepparton will also come into alignment with the rest of regional Victoria and then progress under these changes.
“Regional Victorians should be proud of this success,” Andrews said. “Everyone should be proud of this success. Because soon, it will belong to our whole state.”
Victoria recorded seven new coronavirus cases today, including six linked to an outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. There will be details about opening up in metropolitan Melbourne in the next ‘couple of days’.
It has been advised if you live in the northern metropolitan Melbourne area and have symptoms, get tested.
Statement from the Premier on next steps for regional Victoria: pic.twitter.com/1Fo1r0IRZI
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) October 24, 2020
You can read the Premier’s statement here.