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The government has announced some eased restrictions for regional Victoria, effective at 11.59pm on Thursday night, but Shepparton will still say under the same restrictions as Melbourne.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews at his press conference in Melbourne on Tuesday.Credit:Chris Hopkins

In this article you will find a rundown of the new rules for the state. It will be updated as new information becomes available, so please check back regularly.

Reasons for leaving home

The five reasons for leaving home will be removed, and the distance limit of five kilometres will no longer apply.


Schools will reopen for face-to-face learning for prep to grade 2, and year 12 students who live in the regions, but remote learning will apply for all other year levels. The exception for the children of authorised workers will still apply for those year levels.

In Melbourne, single parents will now be able to access childcare, whether or not they are an authorised worker. That is the only change to Melbourne’s restrictions.


Funerals will be permitted for 20 mourners and weddings can be held with 10 people, plus those required to conduct the services. Stricter limits will apply if people from Melbourne attend.

Hospitality and entertainment

Restaurants and cafes can open with density limits for seated service. Ten people will be allowed indoors and 20 outdoors .Retail, hairdressing salons and beauty services will also reopen with density limits.

Indoor fixed-seat entertainment venues can open for a maximum of 20 people per space and outdoor fixed-seat entertainment venues can host up to 25 per cent capacity or 300 people, whichever is fewer.

Amusement parks can open with a maximum of 25 per cent capacity.

All venues and services will need to check IDs to ensure people do not travel from Melbourne to the regions.

Community sport and outdoor recreation

Community sport can return to training with minimum possible numbers and outdoor recreation can recommence with up to 20 people per facility.

Outdoor pools are open for a maximum of 50 people.

Outdoor playgrounds, communal gym equipment and skateparks will open, while outdoor personal training with a maximum of 10 people can take place.

Real estate

Private inspections will be allowed with a maximum of 10 people plus a real estate agent and auctions can be held with a maximum of 10 people.


Bookings are permitted for single households, or for intimate partners or “bubble buddies” travelling together.

More to come.

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