Melbourne, Here's What You Can and Can't Do From Midnight Tonight

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2020

Hairdressers are set to reopen from tonight, in line with the easing of restrictions, so you'll finally be able to get that quarantine mane attended to and whipped back into some sort of shape.

The 14-day rolling average for metro Melbourne now sits at 7.2, with regional Victoria at 0.5.

Outdoor gatherings will also increase from five people to 10 from two households, while facilities such as skate parks, golf courses and tennis courts will reopen.

Melburnians will also be able to get a haircut, see an allied health professional, renovate their home, wash their vehicle and bid at an auction, though a number of strict safety protocols will be in place.

The stay-at-home order will be completely lifted from Nov 1 and the retail and hospitality sectors will largely reopen.

But retail and hospitality businesses must wait until November 2 to reopen.

The Victorian Premier says 55 New Zealanders have entered Victoria - not 17, as previously reported.

But officials wanted to have a "conversation" with the passengers from New Zealand to ensure they knew what the specific rules for the state of Victoria were.

In terms of real estate, auctions can now proceed with a maximum of ten people, while residents will also be allowed to kick off with non-essential outdoor home maintenance, repairs and renovations.

The Premier said the Federal Government originally advised him there were 17 travellers from New Zealand who had entered Victoria, but he had since been made aware more meant to come to the state.

Acting federal immigration minister Alan Tudge said the arrivals should not have surprised the Victorian government, because it had been discussed by the nation's top health committee on Monday where he said Victoria's Chief Health Officer was present.

"My advice to Minister Tudge is instead of stubbornly defending this, work with us, and let's make sure Victoria is not part of a bubble we never agreed to be in", he said.

"There is no sound reason to continue the restrictions on business, especially with case numbers clearly on a downward trajectory", she said in a statement.

Business groups have also criticised the "inexplicable and unacceptable" timeline for lifting restrictions in Victoria.

"There is still no long-term coherent plan to rebuild a shattered Victorian economy", Mr Piper said.

Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien said restrictions should have been eased further, especially with respect to small businesses.

Victoria recorded two new coronavirus cases on Sunday - its fifth consecutive day in the single digits - and no deaths.

Conservative politicians in other states, and the federal government, have been increasingly critical of Andrews' centre-left government for maintaining the strict lockdown in Victoria, saying it was undermining national recovery efforts.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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