Updated COVID-19 Restrictions for Regional Victoria

Written by  Wine Victoria Friday, 18 September 2020

Tuesday 15 September, 2020

The Premier Dan Andrews has today announced that Regional Victoria will, from 11:59pm tomorrow, progress to the Third Step of the reopening roadmap. At this Step, there will be no restrictions on the reasons for leaving home or distances travelled, although you won’t be able to travel into areas with higher restrictions. (Metropolitan Melbourne)

The good news is that cellar doors and hospitality will be able to operate once more. Tourist accommodation will also open for regional Victorians, travelling within Regional Victoria. 

  • Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit in place.
  • Indoors, venues can open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule.
  • Tables must be spaced at least 1.5m apart, cleaned after every customer and the details of all patrons must be kept.
  • There will be a limit of 2 hours on bookings
The DHHS website is being currently being updated to reflect the changes in restrictions for regional Victoria, but further details will be found at this link.

Here are further guidelines to assist businesses in preventing the spread:  

We acknowledge that it is difficult for businesses in the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula while Regional Victoria opens in this way, however the Premier confirmed today that the current 14 day case average indicates Metropolitan Melbourne is on track to reach the Second Step of reopening by 28 September.