Punters can get on the beers at pubs as Victorian government further eases restrictions

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Punters can get on the beers at pubs as Victorian government further eases restrictions

Beer Garden
Image by Liam McKay
Words by Tom Parker

Who’s dying for a tap beer?

For too long Victorians have been stripped of one of life’s quintessential simplicities – heading down to the local to have a beer. But now in the most recent announcement from the Victorian government, punters will be able to check into the pub and have a standalone beer without a meal from June 22.

This can occur as long as you are seated and as long as the space doesn’t exceed 50 patrons at any one time. Before this, only 20 people were able to come together in the one area.

Libraries, community centres and halls will also be able to reopen from June 22, with a 50-person cap. Religious ceremonies will also be able to increase their capacity to 50 people.

Alongside this, the government revealed that gyms would also be reopening from June 22, allowing 20 people in, while training can resume for local footy and soccer teams as well as other contact sports from July 13. From July 20, full competition will be able to resume.

To this point, adventurers haven’t been able to access showers and kitchens at holiday accommodation and campsites but that will also change as part of the new announcement. While cinemas, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums will be able to open from June 22, also with up to 50 people per space. Galleries, museums and amusement parks have been given the same advice as well.

Finally, Premier Daniel Andrews revealed that as we head into the middle of winter, ski slopes and accommodation will reopen to the public from June 22.

These decisions have been guided by data research from the Victorian government that’s allowed them to solidify a sound evidence base to make safe and appropriate changes.

Check out the Victorian Premier’s full statement here.

Keep up to date with all the pubs and bars reopening around Melbourne with our running list here.

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