Yesterday, the Victorian Premier has announced changes to the lockdown restrictions in Melbourne and Victorian regions. These changes are primarily focussed on easing the social restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria and will have no meaningful effect on the current retailing restrictions, which are now planned to be eased on 2 November 2020.
The assessment of future changes will now be made based on changes to the existing benchmark criteria, which will no longer need to be under an average of five case per day over a two-week period.
The AADA is very disappointed that the changes still do not allow the re-opening of Dealer showrooms in Melbourne, which we argue can open safely with the appropriate COVIDSafe measures in place. We will continue to work with the Victorian State Government and other industry associations and press for the removal of the draconian business restrictions.
The main restrictions that have eased in, effective from midnight, 18 October are:
- Regional hospitality venues can host up to 70 people outdoors and 40 indoors.
- The 5km radius restriction changes to 25km in Melbourne.
- In Melbourne, people can socialise with up to 10 people from two households outdoors.
- In Melbourne, limits on time spent outside the house removed.
A PDF which details the second and third step changes for Melbourne is available on the Victorian Government’s website.