Mask rules, restrictions relaxed


By Jessica Micallef

By Jessica Micallef

Victorians have taken another step closer to a ‘COVID normal’ way of life after Premier Daniel Andrews eased more restrictions on Sunday.

The number of visitors to a home have increased to 15 and up to 30 people will be able to visit a home from December 13.

Fifty people can gather outdoors and masks are no longer mandatory outside if social distancing is adhered to.

From November 30, up to 25 per cent of workers will be able to return to the office.

Smaller hospitality venues will be able to host up to 50 people, while larger businesses are capped at 150 patrons, with a total venue capacity of 300 customers.

Indoor and outdoor weddings and funerals can have 150 people, while private residence ceremonies are capped at 15 people.

Religious ceremonies can take place indoors with 150 people and outdoors with 300 people.

Cinemas, galleries and museums will also be able to host 150 people indoors.

Gyms can open with a maximum of 150 people in groups of 20, and contact and non-contact sport can begin for adults and kids with 150 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

Large sporting venues will be able to increase patronage to 25 per cent of their capacity.

Mr Andrews is expected to announce the next step towards ‘COVID normal’ on December 6.

“Victorians have done an amazing job and have built something that is so precious,” he said.

“But it is fragile and each of us needs to play our part. These rules are a reflection of the best public health advice.

“We’ll have more to say about what a COVID-safe summer will look like in the next few weeks.

“It’s been a long hard winter. Now it’s time to enjoy the sun.”

As of Sunday night, Hume and the Macedon Ranges had no active cases of the virus and there was just one case across all Victoria.