This is a summary of how yesterday’s announcements by the Premier, Daniel Andrews, effects outdoor activities across Victoria.
If you are referring to the DHHS website for your latest information, be sure to go to this page: Restrictions easing from 11:59pm 18 October 2020- Summary of changes. *Melbourne is still considered to be in step 2 of lockdown and it can become confusing if you refer to the Roadmap out of lockdown and find yourself reading outdated step 2 information.
Metropolitan Melbourne is in Second Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 a number of restrictions are easing.
The changes to restrictions include:
- You can now travel up to 25 km from your home or permitted workplace within metropolitan Melbourne. This replaces the 5km rule.
- Travel to regional Victoria is still only allowed for permitted purposes even if this is within 25 kms. This means you cannot travel into regional Victoria for exercise or recreation.
- You can leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.
- You can meet in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place to socialise (children under 12 months of age not included in the limit). An outdoor public place means areas accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches. This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
- You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
- Some outdoor activities can take place in outdoor sport and recreation facilities. Outdoor sport and recreation facilities can open if:
- they are predominantly used for outdoor sport or physical recreation
- there is no equipment for hire or sharing
- indoor facilities such as change rooms are not permitted for use, however toilet facilities are permitted to open
- a limit of 10 people from 2 household per group or more than 10 if the entire group is from the same household and you must be able to keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others
- restrictions to no more than 10 people in the facility at once except where a distance of at least 100m between groups can be maintained (e.g. golf courses)
examples include some outdoor tennis courts, golf courses, or bowling greens
- The maximum number of people permitted to use outdoor swimming pools for exercise has been increased by the density quotient to a maximum of 30 people.
The only notable change to outdoor activities during stage 3 for Regional Victoria is that Licensed tourism services that use open-air vehicles only are permitted to operate. A vehicle, inclusive of roofed vehicles, is considered an open-air vehicle if at least two sides are open to airflow at all times.
Already in place under stage 3:
- There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home.
- Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors.
- There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors. Groups of up to 10 people will be able to meet outdoors.
- ….some outdoor entertainment venues to open. Restaurants will open in a predominantly outdoor capacity, with a group limit of 10 people, and density limits.
You must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for permitted work purposes, care and compassionate reasons or shopping for food and supplies, if necessary.
Face masks must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.