6 Dec 2020

Coronavirus restrictions eased again in Victoria with changes for office workers and home visitors

2:18 pm on 6 December 2020

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says more office workers will be able to return to workplaces and people can have more visitors to their homes from tomorrow.

People return to Melbourne's central business district on 9 November 2020 as Australia's Victoria state government announces an easing of restrictions with no new cases of Covid-19 recorded for the tenth day in a row.

More office workers in the private sector will be able to return to work. Photo: AFP

For the 37th consecutive day, Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus.

There were 8377 test results received on Saturday.

Private sector companies will be allowed to move up to 50 percent of employees back into their offices from 11 January. They are currently at 25 percent.

Public sector workers have continued to work from home to make room for the private sector.

From 11 January, the Victorian public sector will move to 25 percent of staff in their offices and, on 8 February, to 50 percent.

Andrews said all of those targets were subject to public health advice at the time.

From Monday, Victorian households will be able to have up to 30 visitors to their homes per day.

"That's not 30 for lunch and 30 for dinner. That's across the day," he said.

"I'm sure that will be very warmly welcomed."

Australia's Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on July 15, 2020, as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus while under lockdown.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Photo: AFP

Up to 100 people from any number of households are allowed to gather outdoors.

The cap on the numbers of people attending weddings, funerals and religious gatherings will go. Instead a two-square-metre rule will apply.

Dance floors at weddings can only have a maximum of 50 people with one person per four square metres.

The same rules apply for nightclubs.

Masks still required in supermarkets, shopping centres

Masks must be carried by everyone at all times and they must be worn in indoor shopping centres and supermarkets and department stores, the Premier said.

"For instance Kmart, Myer, Ikea, Bunnings, JB HiFi just to give you a few examples, and indoor markets, such as the Prahran market," he said.

"Large, big crowds, people you don't know, not everybody has QR coded in. So there's a need or a requirement to wear a mask in those settings."

Masks are also required in taxis and rideshare vehicles and on public transport.

Caps on the numbers of people in restaurants and cafes will be replaced by density limits - one person per two-square-metres for both indoor and outdoors.

Density limits will be scrapped for businesses with fewer than 25 patrons.


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