Victoria eases restrictions as state goes 24 days with no new cases

Victoria eases restrictions as state goes 24 days with no new cases

Capacity limits at venues have increased, community sport has returned, and masks are no longer mandatory outdoors after COVID-19 restrictions eased in Victoria overnight.

The easing of restrictions comes as Victoria goes 24 days with no new cases of COVID-19 this morning, giving the state's Premier confidence to push for a "normal" Christmas.

As such, from 11.59pm last night a number of COVID-19 restrictions eased in Victoria.

The number of visitors to one's home has increased from two to 15 per day. This can be split across different times (eg. ten for lunch and five for dinner) as long as the total never goes beyond 15.

Outdoor gatherings in a public place like parks or beaches can have up to 50 people in attendance.

Weddings are now allowed to have 150 people in attendance, with the same capacity number applying to funerals and other religious ceremonies indoors.

Small venues have seen density limits change to one person per two square metres, with capacity restrictions of up to 50 customers and mandatory QR code record keeping.

For larger venues the density limit will stay the same, but the capacity will increase to 150.

Cinemas, galleries and museums can now host up to 150 people indoors.

Contact and non-contact community club sport has resumed for adults and children, with limits of 150 people indoors with a group size of up to 20 and 500 people outdoors with groups of up to 50.

Masks are no longer mandatory when Victorians are outdoors however they will still be required on public transport and indoors where social distancing is not possible.

A phased return to the office for private sector employees will begin from 30 November where up to 25 per cent of staff can work onsite.

The state plans on easing restrictions further from 13 December, just in time for Christmas.

If case numbers remain as low as they have for the past month the government will permit gatherings of up to 30 at homes from 13 December, with babies under 12 months not counting toward the cap.

"Three months ago, Victoria had 4293 active cases. Today we have one. It's an incredible achievement," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"Back then, the goal the hope was something a little more 'normal' for Christmas.

"Today, because of the efforts of every Victorian, that's exactly what we've been able to achieve."

Victoria recorded no new cases of COVID-19 today, with just one active case in the entire state.

The easing of restrictions also comes as New South Wales opens its borders to Victoria overnight.

Updated at 10.09am AEDT on 23 November 2020.

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