Christmas is back on for Victorians with a series of sweeping changes to the state’s coronavirus restrictions after months in strict lockdown. Why is this so significant in the battle to control COVID-19? He has also flagged a provisional early lifting of many other aspects of the lockdown on October 19. The Oxford vaccine is now available. As well as problems with information flowing into the contact tracing system, there have also been issues with the information flowing out. Going forward though, those two people don't need to be from the same household, and they'll be able to come at different times. Until issues surrounding the state's illegal workforce are addressed, lies might continue to taint the work of contact tracers in future outbreaks. Meanwhile, the Health Department says its instructions were clear and he should have remained in quarantine. THE WAIT FOR FREEDOM: Victoria set to announce lockdown lift. And the time limit for partners visiting maternity wards will no longer exist. December 7, 2020: 'Freedom day' as coronavirus restrictions lift in NSW and Victoria; and the Fraser Island bushfire bears down on Happy Valley. Other number limits on gatherings, pub limits, weddings and funerals will also be increased in line with regional Victoria. ... groups of five can visit other homes from Sunday, which is Mother’s Day. Victoria faces a 60 per cent risk of enduring a third wave of coronavirus before Christmas if restrictions lift too early, the state government has said. He said the different rules for the numbers of people who could attend pubs and funerals did not make sense. As of … The lifting of restrictions from midnight on December 1 means any Victorian can … © Getty Ash McCall greets his girlfriend Harriet Beard at Adelaide Airport as she returns from Melbourne after borders between South Australia … Note - A separate Total Fire Ban declaration will mean no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day. The Prime Minister dubbed New South Wales the "gold standard" that every state should be aiming for. So the fuel going into the contact tracing machine might sometimes be corrosive. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. What cafe did you go to? "One told me, 'I've been in a shopping centre'. During that time, Georgie, her sister, husband and son were all pin-balled between multiple contact tracers. What's open and what's not during Greater Brisbane lockdown? That means movie theatres, galleries, museums and music halls will now be able to open. The cleaner failed to tell tracers she worked at a butcher in Chadstone, while the truck driver didn't say he had visited Shepparton and Benalla, as well as Kilmore. According to the roadmap, Sunday’s announcement was contingent on the 14-day rolling average being below 30-50 cases.The 50-case mark was passed on September 17, and the lower bound of 30 cases was reached a week later, on September 24.. covid19data.com.au. Picture: David Crosling "You don't know where they've grown up and so what reaction they expect from governments. B.C.’s top doctor say the province could begin lifting social contact restrictions in the province in the middle of May, but warns that life won’t be the same until there is a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. From 11:59pm 18 December 2020 you must wear a fitted face mask when you are in an airport terminal. Infants under one year old are still excluded from the cap. The ring of steel lift from 11:59pm November 8. But contact tracing is arguably easier during a lockdown, when fewer people are moving around, meaning the virus is easier to track. Greater Brisbane has been plunged into lockdown. Victoria has been living under both a state of disaster and a state of emergency for months. From Monday, restaurants and pubs will have their density limits increased to 40 patrons indoors and 70 outside. Mask-wearing will remain mandatory in public, which Mr Andrews called an "insurance policy". Victoria restrictions lift in time for Christmas. They were ineligible for the Government's sick leave payments because they were working in Victoria illegally. Unless travel is restricted, ACT Health does not declare areas safe or unsafe for travel. SINGAPORE: Singapore will lift its border restrictions for all visitors from mainland China and Australia’s Victoria state from next Friday (Nov 6). I think it's probably more of a fear thing than intentionally trying to be rude.". AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). ... A police dog helped Victoria Police Department locate the two suspects Victoria’s state of emergency has come to an end, with the state government expected to outline a plan to slowly lift coronavirus restrictions this week. From 11:59pm tonight, the boundary between Melbourne and regional Victoria will come down. Density quotients are expected to be lifted for sport and recreation. LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. The ring of steel lift from 11:59pm November 8. Today, because of that sacrifice, our state can be whole again. Be it miscommunication or misunderstanding, the resulting outbreak paralysed the state: 800 people went into isolation, thousands had to be tested and Victoria's long-awaited reopening was delayed. 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Ahead of Victoria’s return to school on Tuesday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday a staged loosening of restrictions from June 1. 0:00 ‘Freedom day’ as coronavirus restrictions lift in NSW and Victoria. Victoria's restrictions to remain despite other states lifting measures By 9News Staff 1:39pm May 1, 2020 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has pleaded with Victorians to continue following coronavirus restriction guidelines ahead of May 11, when the … We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien said the Government had gone beyond public health advice by keeping masks mandatory for the foreseeable future. For now, the Victorian Government has souped up the plane while it's been in the air, so it will fly better when it's tested again. Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Sunday announced steps to slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has predicted that Ontario will lift their lockdown and ease some of their economic restrictions by Victoria Day, according to CTV News.. As well as this, Premier Ford suggested that schools will be the last to reopen, in contrast to other countries who have stated that schools will be able to function first. Road travel restrictions in WA may be on the table to be eased within the next few weeks. His family says it received an email the previous weekend saying all its members were cleared to leave isolation. Melbourne's network of local contact tracing teams was supposed to be running by now. But Maggie says Victoria needs to work harder at understanding the reasons why people might lie, especially those who fear visa or illegal work arrangements might come under scrutiny. By 9News Staff. Melbourne has come into line with regional Victoria's coronavirus restrictions. From 11.59pm on Tuesday, these rules will apply in Victoria outside of Melbourne: Gyms and fitness studios reopen in regional Victoria, to a maximum of 20 people, a maximum of 10 people per space, and a density of one person per eight square metres Something that I know will mean a whole lot to a whole lot of families, the rules around visiting aged care and hospitals will also be relaxed. So, let's stay safe, stay open — and keep going. Infectious diseases physician Daniel O'Brien says when people are called by a local doctor instead of a stranger, it fosters "openness and cooperation". She says phone calls can sometimes last eight hours. This blog is now closed "But if you're walking the dog or playing golf or by yourself, do you really need to wear a mask? Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the 25-kilometre travel limit in Melbourne and the "ring of steel" separating the city from regional Victoria will be lifted, as part of a widespread relaxation of restrictions in the city. Indoor sport for those 18 and under can recommence. Restrictions including a ban on dining at restaurants after 6 pm and the mandatory wearing of masks in all outdoor public areas are set to remain in force until at least August 25. We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. By comparison, experts said Victoria's healthcare system was under-resourced and over-centralised. Daniel Andrews let it slip that Victoria's restrictions could be eased even quicker than he set out in the state's 'roadmap to recovery'. Those things we didn't even know we'd miss — until we realised just how precious they really were. Man who allegedly rammed into woman in Alice Springs Hospital carpark charged with murder, Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account over risk of inciting 'violent acts', 'Remarkable' rare drone footage captures dugongs mating. Breaking News from Melbourne and Victoria ... A final set of eased restrictions will be announced in a fortnight on December 6, with Mr Andrews saying they would be … Local nurse and now-contact tracer, Melissa Warburton, has seen up close how time-consuming contact tracing can be. "We're in a really fortunate situation. LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. Overwhelmingly, the answer was 'yes', although some people would like to … "I had to be really forceful, 'I want to speak to your supervisor. There are some other changes that we've been able to bring forward. Local municipality (council or shire) boundary map are produced in … The team at the regional hub at Barwon Health in Geelong, south-west of Melbourne, says these local hubs have helped in two crucial ways: speed and trust. Download the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the world, Here's what is changing in Melbourne and regional Victoria, Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases and no deaths for ninth day in a row, Charting the pandemic: Latest data on the NSW and Victoria outbreaks, Victorians flee NSW ahead of border closure, leaving tourism operators in tears, Sydney may have 'missed the boat' for effective lockdown, expert says, What border restrictions are in place in each state and territory for NSW and Victorian travellers. Theatres and cinemas can also reopen, with 20 patrons per space. Regional Victoria reported no new cases of coronavirus on Thursday - and that drop could mean restrictions lift as early as next week.. Gyms and indoor sporting facilities can open with up to 20 — subject to strict density limits. Mr Andrews announced the easing of restrictions in Melbourne from Monday, including extending travel limits from five kilometres to 25 kilometres, increasing the … The state of emergency, which has been in place since March, will be extended. imploring Victorians own up to any cash-in-hand job they might have, or places they might have visited, Download the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the world, the Health Department says its instructions were clear. Source: AAP. ", Professor Sutton said: "The best assumption to make is that there are more cases out there and we need to continue testing to find them.". Mr Andrews said the state of disaster, which was introduced when the citywide curfew and other measures came into place under stage 4 lockdown, would not be extended. But local knowledge can help streamline these calls, she says. For Melbourne, that means visits to the home will be relaxed — a little. Overwhelmingly, the answer was 'yes', although some people would like to get back to the office and see schools reopen. Singapore will unilaterally lift border restrictions to visitors from Australia - excluding Victoria state - and Vietnam from Oct 8. So what's the hold-up? Some social gathering restrictions could lift in three weeks, says Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed restrictions on some social gatherings could be scaled back on May 11. 2:36 Quarantine bungle forces 174 people into self isolation. And they'll give you a name and I'm there on Google trying to find it, and it's just not there," she says. Victoria eases Covid restrictions again as it reaches 37 days without a case. The Oxford vaccine is now available. "It's not just Australia. Victoria’s premier and deputy health chief have given strong hints as to which restrictions could ease when the next step of the state’s roadmap is released. Victoria's tourist towns are hoping coronavirus restrictions will lift before school holidays. Restrictions will ease in regional Victoria this week, as a “cautious pause” is placed on the lockdown being lifted in metropolitan Melbourne due to an outbreak in the northern suburbs. Those cases underscore the system's big weakness: it's almost totally reliant on people telling the whole truth and not holding anything back. The Government has shifted its slogan from "staying apart keeps us together" to "stay safe, stay open". Those under 16 will also be able to visit hospitals. Play Video. Andi Yu. Maggie* was enlisted as a contact tracing agent — an independent contractor — when Victoria scrambled to boost its tracing capability. A year 5 boy at a school in East Preston sparked an outbreak. The Premier insists the virus is just as dangerous for everybody, but epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws says this virus does indeed discriminate. And we'll continue to rely on the efforts of every Victorian. Melbourne residents flocked to pubs and retail stores at 11.59pm last night to mark the easing of restrictions with a cold drink and celebratory shop. Up to 10 people from any number of households will be able to gather outdoors, however, Victorians are still required to wear a face mask in public. What's open and what's not during Greater Brisbane lockdown? "I'm constantly amazed by the information people give us," he says, noting that the more people trust contact tracers, the more forthcoming they will be with information. Why is this so significant in the battle to control COVID-19? Their biggest fear was not COVID-19 but not being able to feed their families. But I will say this: We have worked so hard. So will the state's system cope now that Victoria is opening back up? The purpose of these directions is to address the serious public health risk posed to Victoria by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). More detail about other changes will be made available online. The current restrictions are expected to be in place at least until the end of summer, though keep in mind these are "unprecedented times" and restrictions could ease or tighten with little notice. Be aware of restrictions in your destination and when you return to the ACT. Victorian Premier insists the rules must remain in place for now. Here's what that means for cinemas, sport and travel. As for trust, the local hubs aim to build a stronger rapport between positive cases and contact tracers. It is the first time all of Victoria has been on the same restrictions level since late June, when 10 Melbourne postcodes were locked down as the second wave was spreading. Up to 100 people will be allowed at weddings and funerals and density limits for sport and recreation will be relaxed further. Collectively, we've missed the big moments and the small. Workforce caps have been lifted for the meat, poultry and seafood processing industries, but strict COVID-safe rules must continue to be followed. Hospitality, a maximum of 20 people inside and 50 people outside, will reopen from 11.59pm on November 1. Victoria's restrictions to remain despite other states lifting measures. Premier Daniel Andrews’ original path out of COVID-19 lockdown would have seen the lifting of the 5km radius, hospitality allowed a limited reopening and household social bubbles created. Those who can work from home must continue to work from home under the new rules. Mr Andrews again urged Victorians to stay vigilant and continue to be tested for even mild symptoms. I want a clear answer'," she says. You can still only have a maximum of two people to visit per day. Georgie says they were all called by different tracers multiple times a day and given conflicting advice about their release date. COVIDSafe Summer – restrictions apply from 11:59pm Sunday 6 December 2020. Great. Gatherings for religious services, weddings and funerals will also increase too. a cleaner and a truck driver who did not tell contact tracers the full story, which saw the virus spread silently to the state's north, How a single case of COVID-19 sparked a lockdown, UK, US and Germany all record staggering daily death tolls. Instead of a specific number of visitors — a household will be able to visit together. More on 7NEWS.com.au. Because staying apart meant keeping each other safe. Further restrictions are set to be lifted at 11:59pm on November 22 if cases remain low, including allowing up to 10 people at indoor private gatherings and up to 50 outdoors. I mean, it's a fact, sadly, a really well-known public health truism.". So where can you go and what can you do? Canberra and NSW have lifted travel restrictions with Victoria. But the rules for masks look set to remain in place beyond November 22. Indoor religious ceremonies will be increased to 20, with 50 allowed outside. From Monday, restaurants and pubs will have their density limits increased to 40 patrons indoors and 70 outside, How a single case of COVID-19 sparked a lockdown, UK, US and Germany all record staggering daily death tolls. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has repeatedly told residents their secrets are safe with contact tracers, imploring Victorians own up to any cash-in-hand job they might have, or places they might have visited. South Australia will re-open to Victorians in the coming weeks. A realignment of metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria coronavirus restrictions will allow buyers to travel statewide for private property inspections and to compete at auctions, at which attendances will be capped. Note - A separate Total Fire Ban declaration will mean no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day. There is no change to the rules on public gatherings, meaning up to 10 people from any number of households can continue to meet in public. "As the weather warms up, the Government needs to move on mask rules otherwise they risk Victorians just not paying them much attention.". Individual hospitals and facilities though may continue to have their own policies — reflecting the needs of their patients and whatever the virus might be doing in our community. 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Metropolitan Melbourne has been subject to Stage 4 restrictions since 2 August 2020 with residents under stay at home orders following a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the community. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. During the peak of the second wave, Victoria pivoted, setting up regional and suburban contact-tracing hubs. Victoria lifts COVID-19 gathering limit to 20 with more restrictions set to be eased Victoria isn't ready for mass gatherings, but it's getting closer. Trump told his supporters: 'Our journey is just beginning'. "Victoria will … There are four steps before Victoria totally opens up – a goal Andrews refers to as “COVID-normal”. Photo: ABC This latest initiative follows the earlier lifting of border restrictions for visitors from Australia, excluding Victoria state, Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand and Vietnam. Our hospitality venues will be able to have up to 100 indoors, 200 outside. The day after Georgie suggested to the ABC that a singular liaison point should be offered to households to avoid confusion, this very scenario played out. Published: 09/05/2020Updated: 9 May 2020 5:13 AM. Previously, visitors had only been allowed if they had specific exemptions. For regional Victoria, the following restrictions will ease from 11.59pm tonight: For regional Victoria, the following restrictions will ease from 11.59pm tonight: Mr Andrews said a tourism campaign would be launched to encourage people to visit Gippsland, which was hit hard by bushfires over the summer. Of course, in getting there — we'll continue to rely on the advice of our public health experts. Daniels Andrews, Gladys Berejiklian and Annastacia Palaszczuk on Q+A as Victoria and Queensland plan to ease lockdown restrictions. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask while on your flight. However, this change will not apply to weddings, for which the cap of 10 people plus the couple, celebrant and photographer will remain. Melburnians will have to wait a bit longer than regional Victorians before an... Read more » "The time will come when we can change that but that is not now," Mr Andrews said. We've seen it in outbreaks in abattoirs in Germany, in America. "But it's always the underemployed, part-time employed, those that live in crowded conditions. Instead we provide guidance, taking into account the COVID-19 situation in other states and territories. The urgent question is, where will it end? Check the advice per state and territory for more information. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced an end to the curfew and a COVID-safe return to work for 127,000 Melburnians, as restrictions were eased at midnight Sunday night. South Australian pubs could reopen as early as June, with a state government plan that would allow larger pubs to welcome 50 customers at a … The rules that currently apply to regional Victoria will apply to the whole state — wherever you live. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. It means the rules that are currently in place for regional Victoria will apply to the entire state. "And then you also then unpack their contacts. "Of course we're going to need masks where you can't socially distance. The same numbers will apply to funerals, but there's no change to weddings — for now. Intimate partners or people who normally live at the home continue to be excluded from the two-person limit. Victorians will be allowed to have two different adult visitors and their dependants per day, either together or separately. "Nine days of zero is not the same as a vaccine," Mr Andrews said. It means the rules that are currently in place for regional Victoria will apply to the entire state. But the hardest thing of all has been missing the people we love most. Previously, Melburnians could only have up to two adults from the same household in a home. "Because while the virus is still with us, we will be in a place where we do not need to have that legislative instrument in place any longer, and that's good news," he said. Breaking News from Melbourne and Victoria ... A final set of eased restrictions will be announced in a fortnight on December 6, with Mr Andrews saying they would be the final changes for 2020. "There will be a time when we change the settings on masks, but they are useful because they reduce transmission from anyone who might have an infection," he said. Restaurants, pubs and cafes will be able to host up to 40 customers indoors and 70 outdoors. Households will now be able to host 30 people a day and outdoor gatherings have been increased to … People living together under the same roof — whether a positive case, close contact or secondary contact — will now be managed as a household with a "client coordinator" assigned as a dedicated contact point. The Stay Stay Safe Directions (Victoria) (No 8) come into force at 11.59pm on 3 January 2021 and replace the Stay Safe Directions (Victoria) (No 7). The urgent question is, where will it end? Private gatherings will be able to increase to 10 people. "Today is the day to be positive and optimistic about the future, but the constant refrain has got to be, stay safe in order to stay open," Mr Andrews said. "Victoria will be once again united as one single state," Mr Andrews said. Community spaces like libraries or RSLs and neighbourhood houses can have up to 20 indoors, with groups of up to ten. And together, we've come so far. 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