23. October 2021

Victoria’s road back from restrictions: Your questions answered


Up to 5 totally vaccinated individuals at a time can play. If you’ve solely acquired your first dose or are usually not vaccinated, a most of two individuals might collect for contactless actions at an outside facility.

Indoor services should stay closed, excluding bathrooms, the place examine in is required with the Service Victoria app. People doing archery collectively ought to hold no less than 1.5 metres aside.

Face masks are required whereas doing archery. Where potential individuals ought to minimise the sharing of kit.

Can I’m going trick-or-treating this yr?

Victoria reached its 70 per cent COVID-19 double-dose vaccination goal on October 21, triggering the tip of the curfew and an elevated restrict of individuals at outside gatherings. So, trick-or-treating might be allowed. But with just a few guidelines nonetheless in place.

Restrictions imply individuals will seemingly be forbidden from getting into different individuals’s properties, so youngsters received’t be allowed to stroll into somebody’s entrance yard or knock on somebody’s door, irrespective of how good their costumes are.

Halloween is a light on the way out of the COVID-19 tunnel, but there will be limits on celebrations.

Halloween is a light-weight on the best way out of the COVID-19 tunnel, however there might be limits on celebrations. Credit:Getty

Instead, they must acquire their lollies on the footpath out the entrance. Masks (not simply spooky ones) and social distancing will nonetheless be required.

It’s price noting the foundations are in accordance with Victoria’s road map, which incorporates indicative restrictions and dates that might change primarily based on public well being recommendation.

When can we journey to regional Victoria? I’ve a rural bush property that can want bushfire preparation. – Naomi

Regional property house owners in Melbourne or every other locked down space of the state can apply for a allow that enables them to enter different elements of the state to arrange a second property for fireplace season beneath a brand new scheme introduced in early October.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and CFA crews monitor fires and begin back burns between the towns of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in East Gipplsland in 2020.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and CFA crews monitor fires and start back burns between the cities of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in East Gipplsland in 2020.Credit:Darrian Traynor

The permits come into impact from October 11 and might be issued by the native council the place a person’s secondary property is situated.

Applicants might want to present details about the place the property is, the kind of work that should finished and the deliberate date of journey.

The present Melbourne restrictions with proceed to use to anybody travelling to a property in a non-locked down space of the state. Full particulars of the scheme could be discovered here.

When can I’m going to the dentist for a check-up? – Tim

Routine appointments are actually out there in each Melbourne and regional areas. However, dental clinics are required to have a COVID-safe plan in place and want to take care of a density restrict of 1 individual per 4 sq. metres.

Melburnians could be allowed back at the dentist for a regular check-up by the end of October.

Melburnians might be allowed back on the dentist for an everyday check-up by the tip of October.Credit:iStock

Do I must put on a face masks when bushwalking with nobody round me?

Face masks stay obligatory for outside actions in most circumstances, until you might be exerting your self, as an example working or biking.

My husband lives in regional Victoria and I stay in Melbourne, and we’re each totally vaccinated. Are we in a position to see each other? – Seng

Yes. The authorities restrictions permit for intimate companions to go to one another even when they stay greater than 15 kilometres aside, offered they don’t exceed the five-person-per-household restrict.

I’m a member of a golf membership however stay simply outdoors the 15km space can I nonetheless journey there to play – David

Yes. The journey restrict was lifted on October 22, so so long as the course continues to be inside Melbourne now you can journey greater than 15 kilometres to play.

When will I be capable of go to the hairdresser, and can a hairdresser reduce my hair in a park?

Under present restrictions, hairdressers in regional Victoria are open with a density restrict of 1 individual per 4 sq. metres. Face masks may also be eliminated for a short while if required.

Hairdressing and different private magnificence companies are actually permitted in Melbourne, with a restrict of 5 totally vaccinated patrons allowed within the retailer.

When will indoor gyms reopen?

Physical recreation will resume indoors in Melbourne as soon as the 80 per cent double-vaccination goal is reached (now anticipated by the tip of October). This might be topic to a density restrict of 1 individual per 4 sq. metres, with an indoor cap of 150 individuals.

Indoor gyms – together with play centres and indoor skate parks – are already open with a 30-person limit in regional Victoria so long as these participating are totally vaccinated.

Once Victoria hits that vaccination goal, there might be no restrictions on causes to go away residence and folks will be capable of journey between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for any motive.

Living in regional Victoria, can we meet our grownup kids in an outside area in Melbourne any time quickly or do we now have to attend till 80 per cent full vaccination?

At this stage it seems to be like you’ll have to wait till the state hits it 80 per cent totally vaccinated goal which might be as quickly as the tip of October.


When can we strive on garments in real-life outlets?

Retail will reopen for in-store service in Melbourne as soon as 80 per cent of the eligible inhabitants is double-vaxxed. Each store must comply with density tips of 1 individual per 4 sq. metres.

Retail shops in regional Victoria have already reopened, however density limits apply. Masks stay obligatory always.

When will canine grooming be open?

In Melbourne, veterinary clinics, pet shops and cellular pet-grooming companies are thought-about authorised workplaces, which means they’ll open beneath present COVID-19 restrictions.

This signifies that in case your common groomer is providing contactless drop-off and pick-up of your pet, and the service takes place outdoors, Fido would possibly be capable of get his fur so as proper now.

Health Department deputy secretary Kate Matson introduced the change in early September.

“Grooming will be permitted for non-urgent and regular grooming needs, as long as it’s conducted outdoors and is contactless, and conducted solo,” she stated.


We’re shopping for a car chosen on-line from a supplier 34 kilometres from our Melbourne residence, topic to a road take a look at. Will we be capable of do that earlier than November 5?

Yes. If the dealership continues to be inside Melbourne, you’ll be capable of go and decide up the automotive from October 22.

When can I resume taking part in golf?

Golf is already permitted in regional Victoria, though the variety of individuals in every group can’t be greater than 10 and face masks are required.

Golf golf equipment in Melbourne reopened on September 29.

Golfers at Albert Park Golf club as restrictions lifted last month.

Golfers at Albert Park Golf membership as restrictions lifted final month.Credit:Wayne Taylor

Players should additionally put on masks.

Can I exploit the indoor bogs on the golf membership whereas I’m taking part in the course?


After conflicting advice from well being authorities, the latest update from Golf Australia is that golf equipment can open their bathrooms to gamers as long as QR codes are scanned earlier than entry and the services are cleaned no less than twice a day.

What does DQ2 and DQ4 imply within the road map?

These abbreviations initially had us scratching our heads too. They relate to the density quotient for sure outlets and services. DQ4 signifies that there can solely be a most of 1 individual per 4 sq. metres, whereas DQ2 means a most of 1 individual for each two sq. metres.

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