Limitations on drinking at pubs and clubs and children’s sport are among the restrictions set to be rolled back in Victoria from June 21, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced.
Victorians have faced the toughest and most long-lasting coronavirus restrictions in the country, but from Monday June 21, the state will enter Stage Two of roll-back measures.
Changes previously flagged, including the reopening of libraries, community centres, halls and places of worship for up to 50 people, have been confirmed.
In addition, further measures have been announced.
These include an increase from 20 to 50 seated patrons at restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs and the ability to purchase alcoholic drinks without ordering food.
The number of people able to attend property auctions will also increase from 20 to 50.
The four square metre rule for indoor gatherings still has to be observed.
All sport – including contact sports – will resume for those aged under 18, while non-contact sports such as tennis are free to resume across all age groups.
School camps will also be permitted to go ahead, with restrictions and increased hygiene measures in place.
Mr Andrews said ongoing high rates of coronavirus testing and low numbers of community transmission have allowed for the faster-than-anticipated rollback.
He noted that if Victoria were a country, it would rank third in the world for testing rates per capita with a testing rate of 8787 tests per 100,000 people.
This equates to around 8.8 per cent of the population having been tested for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
“Those tests give us the information, the evidence, the pathway towards carefully and cautiously opening up the Victorian economy and allowing people to get to a COVID normal, something that is as close to normal life as we can safely deliver,” he told a press conference.
The state has recorded 12 coronavirus cases in the community without a known source in the past fortnight.
Mr Andrews cautioned that the state would continue to see additional cases as restrictions eased.
“A day with zero cases is good, but not every day has to be zero cases in order for us to continue slowly, cautiously, gradually opening up,” he said.
“If we had pursued an eradication strategy, there would have been no opening up in recent weeks.”
The announcement comes as Victoria records nine new cases of coronavirus since yesterday,
Of these, five are linked to known outbreaks, including cases linked to a Melbourne GP who worked at three different medical centres before getting tested.
Another case is still under investigation as to its source, while the remaining three are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.