Dancefloors back, crowd numbers to increase when Melbourne restrictions ease on Friday

Dancefloors back, crowd numbers to increase when Melbourne restrictions ease on Friday

COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne will be brought into line with the rest of the state once settings ease on Friday as the state goes one week today without recording any new locally acquired cases of the coronavirus.

The easing of restrictions is being done "carefully and cautiously" on Friday, with the state's health authorities acknowledging the deteriorated condition elsewhere in Australia.

As such, from 11.59pm on Thursday 8 July, the following restrictions will come into effect:

  • Masks will continue to be required in indoor, public-facing settings, but they will no longer be required at schools for students and staff, or at workplaces if you don't interact with the public, for example if you work at an office or a factory.
  • A range of venues across Melbourne will apply density limits of one person per two square metres including hospitality, gyms and physical recreation venues, community facilities, creative studios and places of worship provided a COVID check-in marshal is on-site to make sure people are checking in.
  • Dancefloors will be allowed with a COVID check-in marshal, but no more than 50 people can be on the dance floor at any one time.
  • The limit on private gatherings will stay the same, with up to 15 people able to attend a home per day.
  • Crowd numbers will increase at approved public events. Outdoor stadiums can welcome 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 40,000 people, and indoor stadiums can open to 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 7,500 people.
  • Theatres will also open to 75 per cent of their capacity, up to 2,000 people.

These settings will be in place for at least 14 days, subject to assessment of epidemiological risks by Victorian public health teams.

"Today's changes show just how far we've come thanks to the hard work of all Victorians we're able to once again have the same settings in place for the whole state," Victorian Minister for Health Martin Foley said.

"We're seeing across the country just how fast-moving the Delta strain is which is why we need to remain vigilant and follow the directions to protect the gains we've made."

Meanwhile in Queensland the state recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 today - a person who was isolating during their entire infectious period and is asymptomatic.

Updated at 11.08am AEST on 7 July 2021.

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