Victorians today will be waking up to a raft of reversed restrictions after an upswing in coronavirus cases over the weekend.
The state has seen close to 100 new COVID-19 cases in the past five days, with fears it is facing a second wave sadly looking more and more possible.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has blamed the spike in cases on large family gatherings and people not following social distancing measures.
“We have had cases of people gathering in large numbers, everybody at their home or another family member’s home or a close friend’s home, even though they had been told to isolate in their own home,” he said on Saturday.
“It is unacceptable that families anywhere in our state can, just because they want this to be over, pretend that it is. It is not over.”
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WHAT RESTRICTIONS ARE CHANGING?
From today home gatherings are being limited from 10 to just five people in Victoria, while outdoor gatherings have been restricted from 20 to 10 people.
Limits on people the number of people at pubs, restaurants and cafes had been due to lift to 50 patrons from today, however, will continue to be restricted to just 20 people.
Private worship or small religious ceremonies will also be restricted to just 20 people plus those “reasonably required” to run the ceremony.
Real estate auctions, auction houses, open houses and community facilities will also continue to be limited to just 20 people.
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WILL GYMS STILL OPEN?
Gyms, indoor sporting venues, community sport for kids and non-contact adult sport will still go ahead with their planned resumption in Victoria today.
Like NSW, Victorian indoor sporting venues will only be allowed to have up 20 people at a time and a maximum of 10 people per group activity.
Cinemas and concert venues can also still reopen from today, but will only be allowed to have up to 20 people.
HOW LONG WILL THESE RESTRICTIONS STAY IN PLACE?
According to the Victorian Premier these restrictions will be revisited in three week’s time and will stay in place until at least July 12.
Mr Andrews said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of further restrictions being reintroduced if new cases continue to climb.
“Three weeks of course being the full life cycle of this virus, where we think that we get the best and clearest picture of exactly what’s going on out in the community,” he told reporters.
HOW SERIOUSLY WILL NEW RESTRICTIONS BE ENFORCED?
Very seriously, according to Mr Andrews, who said on Saturday authorities will go door-to-door to make sure rules are being followed.
“I want to make it really clear that we have seen some families who have not done as they have been asked,” he said.
“We have seen some families who perhaps through a sense of frustration and their hope that this is over, they have pretended that it is.
“I am not happy to have to confirm this but we will go door-to-door getting the message out there to communities across the state and that these restrictions are there for everyone.
“We will also go door-to-door not just in getting good public health advice out to people, we’ll go door-to-door if we have to make sure people are doing the right thing.”
Originally published as New restrictions in place from today