VIC Premier finally announces an end to Melbourne’s lockdown

The Victorian Premier has finally resolved to open Melbourne up after months of harsh lockdown. This is what you can do now.

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From 11.59pm on Tuesday, restrictions will be eased in Melbourne and regional Victoria. These are the new rules:

  • All retail will open, along with restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars: There will be a maximum of 20 people seated indoors with 10 people per space. Outdoor a maximum of 50 people can dine with one person per two square metres.
  • Beauty, personal services and tattooing services will also open up, provided masks are worn
  • Outdoor gatherings remain at a maximum of 10 people, infants under 12 months are not included in the calculation of 10, and gatherings will no longer be limited to just two household
  • Attendance at weddings will increase to a maximum of 10 people, while 20 mourners will be permitted at funerals
  • All four essential reasons to leave home will be scrapped.


A second phase of opening up will follow at 11.59pm on Sunday, November 8, when these rules will come into force in Melbourne and regional Victoria:

  • Melbourne’s 25km radius rule will be removed
  • Gyms and fitness studios in Melbourne will open with a maximum of 20 people inside. There must be one person per eight square metres
  • Restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars will move to an indoor maximum of 40 with 10 people per space, and an outdoor maximum of 70 people with one person every two square metres
  • For faith gatherings, there will be an outdoor maximum of 50 people plus one faith leader, indoors there will be a maximum of 20 people, plus one faith leader
  • Funerals will move indoors, with a maximum 20 mourners, and outdoors with a maximum of 50.


Info for Melbourne venues that was useful in NSW and QLD

  • Making sure you have a strong sign-in process for your venue has proved vital in other jurisdictions. If a COVID-19 positive person visits your venue, being able to hand over a list of everyone who attended your venue (with entry times and correct phone details) speeds up the tracking and tracing process and can ensure you can open up quickly and minimise down time in business. Some venues in Sydney have had the cleaning crews in the next day, all the tracking and tracing has been completed by government and businesses reopened again the following day.
  • Making sure the cleaning process in the venue is very visible and frequent makes visitors to your venue confident that you are on top of the problem. It’s a matter of perception for customers
  • When one venue in a suburb is listed as a COVID hotspot, visitors don’t come to all venues in the entire suburb for a while. Even if it doesn’t hit your venue, someone else’s restaurant having a case will affect your business. A great communications program is key to letting customers know what you are doing to ensure your venue is 100% on top of cleaning processes, and you have their health top of mind.


We realise that number restrictions may still prevent some venues from opening but we have our fingers-crossed for you that these restrictions will lift very soon, and it’s looking very positive. All the best to all the hotels, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurant businesses and staff that can finally get back into the game.


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