New COVID restrictions to be put in place from 6pm tonight

New COVID restrictions to be put in place from 6pm tonight

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Words by Tom Parker

The announcement comes in light of the fresh COVID cases in the City of Whittlesea.

In light of the recent COVID cases in Victoria, the state government has just announced additional COVIDSafe measures which will see private and public gatherings reduced in size, and further face mask rules enforced.

From 6pm tonight (Tuesday May 25), private gatherings will be limited to five visitors per day while public gatherings will be limited to 30 people. For everyone over the age of 12, face masks will need to be worn indoors, unless an exemption applies.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

Workplaces and schools will remain open in line with the current restrictions in place, which, depending on the workplace, includes COVIDSafe measures and in some cases, a density requirement.

Victorians living in Greater Melbourne who are looking to travel to regional Victoria can still do so, however, the restrictions will travel with them. For example, if you visit someone living outside of metropolitan Melbourne, they must have no more than five visitors in their home that day. If you attend a public gathering outside of Greater Melbourne, it must not be any larger than 30 people.

The same goes with the aforementioned face mask rules.

On Friday May 28, the density quotient of one person per two square metres was set to be lifted for small-to-medium-sized Victorian venues in spaces that are 400 square metres or below. This has been paused for the moment.

Aside from the requirement to wear masks indoors, there are no changes to the arrangements for bars and restaurants at this stage. A public health panel are weighing up whether more changes are needed for large public events such as cultural events or sports events but these remain unchanged for now. Stay tuned for more updates regarding this.

The restrictions come into place as the public health officials work to pinpoint the source of the latest cases, which saw four new COVID cases identified across two separate households in the City of Whittlesea yesterday. A fifth case in the City of Whittlesea has been confirmed since then. All are close family members.

Head here for more info on the restrictions.