Restaurants, cafes and retail to open

From 11.59pm 27 October, Melbourne will move out of lockdown and into the Third Step along the roadmap to recovery.

Under this Third Step, Melbourne will move from “stay home” to “stay safe”, with all four restrictions on leaving home lifted.

Melbourne’s cafes, restaurants and pubs can reopen with limited numbers for outdoors (up to 50) and indoors (up to 20). Density limits, record keeping and COVIDSafe Plans also apply.

View the Third Step Easing of Restrictions (pdf, 114KB)

Remaining retail will also open. Beauty and personal care services can resume.

Outdoor contact sport for those aged 18 and under will also begin again – so too can non-contact sport for adults. PT, fitness and dance classes can also be held outdoors with up to ten people, and the number of people at outdoor pools can increase to 50, subject to density limits.

Faith communities will be able to meet for outdoor religious ceremonies with up to 20 people, in addition to those required for the service. Indoor services can be held with up to 10.

Weddings will increase to 10 people, and funerals up to 20.

Workplaces will no longer need to be on the permitted work list to open and the ability to work will change to “if you can work from home you must work from home”.

The 25-kilometre limit and the regional border will remain in place but will be reviewed and possibly lifted on 8 November.

From 8 November, and if case numbers continue to stay down, the 25km limit will come off and Melbourne will be able to meet regional Victoria at the same level.

That means the same eased restrictions that apply to regional Victoria will also apply to Melbourne.

The capacity of pubs and restaurants will increase, with up to 40 inside and 70 outside.

Religious gatherings will expand with up 20 people and a faith leader indoors, and 50 outside.

Gyms and indoor fitness will be able to reopen – with some strict safety precautions in place.

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