Daniel Andrews has announced strict new rules for visiting friends and family in Melbourne as the city emerges from its second coronavirus lockdown.
From Wednesday, two adults and their children or dependents can meet one other household per day.
Residents should keep a log of who visited it in case someone tests positive, and officials should track their contacts.
Andrews encouraged the wearing of masks during the visits because he warned “the place where you feel safest, your home, is actually the most dangerous environment for the spread of this virus.”
‘People drop their guard there, where people are not under surveillance. If you drop your guard, this virus will take advantage of you, ”he said.
Daniel Andrews (pictured) has announced new rules for visiting friends and family in Melbourne
He explained the rules and said, “Only one private meeting per day can take place, only one such visit. This means that if you have someone at your house around lunch time, for example, you cannot visit another house that evening. ‘
There is no limit to the amount of time someone can stay. The 25 km travel limit remains in effect.
‘This is just about making sure people can connect, but we can’t have a situation where people have visitors in the morning, visitors in the afternoon, visitors in the evening, and then all those visitors go in turn and also visit other homes, ”Andrews said.
Residents can socialize with up to 10 people from an unlimited number of households outside.
Meanwhile, business executives fear that only half of Melbourne’s cafes and pubs will reopen on Wednesday, when the city’s 15-week coronavirus lockdown is finally lifted.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews finally announced on Monday that hospitality and retail businesses could reopen after the second wave of the state – but strict rules are in place that could deter many from welcoming customers again.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants are only allowed 20 patrons inside and 50 outside, with only 10 people per room. Customers must be within four square meters of each other and two square meters outside.
Only half of Melbourne’s cafes and pubs will reopen on Wednesday as the city’s 15-week coronavirus lockdown is finally lifted, business leaders fear. Pictured: A pub closed in Melbourne
A small café with only one room can only serve 10 people inside at a time – and large pubs can only accommodate 20 people no matter how far away they are.
Hospitality leaders fear that the strict rules will make it impossible for many businesses to make money, leaving them closed.
Chrissie Maus, general manager of the Chapel Street Precinct Association which represents 2,200 properties and businesses in Melbourne, said half of the cafes and pubs will not open.
“I don’t expect more than 50 percent of our restaurants and cafes to reopen in Chapel Street Precinct, as the density quotas won’t be fair to many,” she said.
New South Wales faced the same complaints when pubs and cafes were allowed to reopen with 10 customers on May 15, particularly from larger hotels.
The state government gradually lifted the limits and now there is only a four square meter rule.
A small cafe with only one room can serve up to 10 people inside at a time. Pictured: A Melbourne cafe before closing in May
Labor premiere Andrews has said the caps will relax on Nov. 8, allowing shops, pubs and restaurants inside to have 40 people and 70 outside.
But liberal politicians believe that too slow and that restrictions should be relaxed more quickly.
Brighton MP, James Newbury, said the restrictions were simply ‘unworkable’ and attacked the Prime Minister, who has never had a job in the private sector because he had no ‘real’ experience.
“Daniel Andrews has only worked for the Labor Party and his tone-deaf decisions have wrecked a wrecking ball over the private sector and Mom and Dad’s small businesses across the state,” Mr Newbury told Daily Mail Australia.
“If the prime minister had real experience, he would know that his new rules are unworkable and that many companies cannot afford to open with such tight access numbers.”
Andrews also plans to unveil a roadmap to living a Covid normal life on Nov. 8.
Jennifer Westacott, CEO of the Business Council of Australia, said the date is too far away and more needs to be done to get things going.
“It is disappointing that many companies have to wait until November 8 to be sure of reopening,” she said.
Weddings in Melbourne are allowed for 10 people from Tuesday, October 27 at 11:59 PM
On Monday, Mr. Andrews announced that a series of rules would be relaxed, including restrictions about personal traffic that allows people to leave home for four reasons.
Residents can gather outside with a maximum of 10 people and there will no longer be a limit on the number of households that can gather at the same time.
Indoor meeting limits are still being finalized and will be announced on Tuesday.
A travel limit of 25 km and the so-called ‘ring of steel’ preventing Melbourne residents from leaving the city will remain in effect until November 8.
Announcing the changes on Monday, an emotional Mr Andrews thanked Victorians for fighting the coronavirus’ ‘bad enemy’.
Now is the time to open up. Now is the time to congratulate every Victorian on continuing to take the course, ‘he said.
Victoria registered zero new cases and deaths on Tuesday. The death toll stands at 817 and the nation’s is 905.
Melbourne was shut down on July 8 – with tighter restrictions in August – amid a massive outbreak triggered after security guards contracted the illness from returning travelers in quarantine hotels.
The government has been criticized for using private security to man the hotels rather than police and ADF troops.
The 15-week shutdown lasted longer than the 11-week shutdown of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus was identified late last year.
Victoria finally free: what are the changes?
From Tuesday 27 October, 11:59 pm
All shops, bars and restaurants open 20 inside and 50 outside
Beauty services and tattoo parlors open
Outdoor contact sport for young people under 18 and contactless sport for adults
Four reasons to leave home
The 25 km travel limit remains in effect
Melbourne to VIC regional border remains
Outdoor gatherings for up to 10 people
Meetings can consist of more than two households
Weddings increase to 10 participants, funerals to 20
Church services open with 10 inside and 20 outside
PT, fitness and dance classes can be held outside with up to 10 people
The number of people at outdoor pools can be as high as 50 depending on the density limits
Must work from home if you can
From November 8
Travel limit of 25 km removed
Travel to regional VIC allowed
Shops, pubs and restaurants allowed 40 people inside, 70 outside
Burials allowed indoors with 20 and outdoors with 50
Contactless sport for U18s allowed indoors
Gyms and indoor fitness can open again
Holiday residence to reopen
Religious gatherings will expand with up to 20 people and a faith leader indoors and 50 outdoors