With zero new cases reported across the State, the Victorian Premier has announced that Melbourne will move to the Third Step of the Reopening Roadmap.
This includes a considerable relaxation of the existing Second Step restrictions and comes into effect from 11.59pm Tuesday, 27 October.
Some important details of the Third Step are:
- Retail operations can resume
- Staff can return immediately to the workplace to prepare for businesses to reopen
- Workplaces no longer need to be on the permitted worklist to open
- Workers who can work from home must work from home
- There are no restrictions on reasons for people to leave home
- Melbourne cafes, restaurants and pubs will be able to re-open in Melbourne, subject to indoor and outdoor patronage limits
The 25 km travel limit for Melburnians and the border between regions and metropolitan Melbourne remains in place.
The Premier has also added that if numbers remain low, on 8 November the 25km rule will be removed and Melbourne will move into the same restriction level as regional Victoria. This will also allow gyms, indoor fitness, and regional accommodation venues to reopen.
All allowable business operations and activities under the Third Step must adhere to a COVID-Safe plan.
The full statement by the Premier is available here.