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Victoria Covid: What are the changes coming to Melbourne tonight

Pubs open, mates round to your house and travel limit scrapped: All the changes coming to Melbourne TONIGHT as city’s run of lockdowns is finally over

  • Melbourne will leave its lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday – earlier than planned 
  • Under new rules for state, all hospitality staff must be fully vaccinated to work
  • City is the most locked-down in the world, after 262 days under restrictions


Hospitality workers in Melbourne are scrambling to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of lockdown lifting.

Melburnians will emerge from its sixth lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday, five days earlier than planned, as the state is expected to reach its 70 per cent fully-vaccinated target.

Federal government figures show 89.2 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 69.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Under the new rules, people will be able to leave their homes for any reason and travel anywhere within metropolitan Melbourne.

Melburnians are hours away from being freed from their sixth lockdown in 18 months.  Pictured is an airport reunion  after flights between Sydney and Melbourne resumed on Wednesday

The curfew will be scrapped, home gatherings of up to 10 will be allowed, and hairdressers and hospitality businesses will reopen for the fully vaccinated.

However, in a last-minute change to reopening plans, all hospitality staff must be fully vaccinated to work.

This is despite online health directions stating authorised workers, including those in hospitality, must have had one vaccine dose by October 22 and a second by November 26.

Australian Hotels Association Victoria chief executive Paddy O’Sullivan said the government had ‘moved the goalposts’ on the sector and has asked for a grace period to allow staff time to get vaccinated.

All hospitality staff in Victoria must be fully vaccinated before they can return to work from Friday. Pictured are outdoor dining patrons in Melbourne

All hospitality staff in Victoria must be fully vaccinated before they can return to work from Friday. Pictured are outdoor dining patrons in Melbourne

But Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said ‘there is no wriggle room’ on the mandate.

With some pubs in the city to reopen at midnight, staff at hospitality venues will be allowed to go into work after the curfew kicks in at 9pm to get their venues ready, but patrons will need to wait until 11:59pm to leave home.

According to a survey conducted by NAB, a top priority for about 48 per cent of Victorians once lockdown lifts, outside of visiting family and friends, is dining at a restaurant.

Forty per cent are prioritising having a haircut or beauty treatment, while one in five were keen to ‘get on the beers’ at a pub.

Pubs will reopen for seated and outdoor service only for fully-vaccinated patrons from Friday

Pubs will reopen for seated and outdoor service only for fully-vaccinated patrons from Friday

About two in three of the 550 Victorians surveyed said they were going to ‘splurge’ when restrictions lift.

Melbourne is considered the most locked-down city in the world, having endured a total of 262 days under stay-at-home orders since March 2020.

Victoria recorded 1841 local COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Wednesday, taking the toll from the latest outbreak to 175.

Melburnians have spent 262 days under stay-at-home orders since March 2020

 Melburnians have spent 262 days under stay-at-home orders since March 2020

Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown

*No restrictions on leaving home and 9pm-5am curfew scrapped with the travel limit increased to 25km

*Masks will remain mandatory both indoors and outdoors 

*Year 12 students will return to the classroom from the first week of October

*Kindergarten to Year 2 will then return to school followed by all remaining years which are due to be back by the end of the month

*Early childcare to reopen for children of fully vaccinated parents

*General retail will reopen for outdoor service only with click and collect services to remain available

*Hair salons will reopen for the fully-vaccinated with a limit on five patrons

*Hospitality will reopen for seated and outdoor service only for fully-vaccinated patrons and a capacity limit of 50

*Fully-vaccinated groups can gather outdoors in groups of ten while unvaccinated groups will be capped at five

*Entertainment venues will be reopened for 50 fully vaccinated people for outdoor services only

*Groups of 50 fully vaccinated or 10 unvaccinated people will be able to attend outdoor weddings

Groups of 50 fully vaccinated or 20 unvaccinated people will be able to attend outdoor funerals 

When the state hits 80 per cent double vaccination:

*Ten people including dependents will be allowed inside homes with masks only to be required while indoors

*Pubs, restaurants and cafes can open for seated service only, with a cap of 150 fully vaccinated people inside and 500 outdoors

*Indoor dining will also be capped at 150 people while 30 people will be permitted to gather outside

*Gyms will reopen to the fully vaccinated with indoor community sport to be permitted for the minimum number required

*Victorians will still be asked to work from home if possible but will be allowed to travel to work if they are fully-vaccinated

*Hair salons, beauty and personal care services will be available to the double-jabbed and all retail stores can reopen

*Early childcare education will reopen with all students to return to school with additional safety measures in place

*Weddings, funerals and religious services will return for 150 double-dosed guests indoors and 500 outdoors

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