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Melburnians are rushing to book pubs, restaurants and cafes as the coronavirus restrictions finally disappear

Melburnians rush to book pubs, restaurants and cafes as coronavirus restrictions finally disappear after 111 days tonight – but they still don’t know when they can have friends

  • Melburnians are rushing to make restaurant reservations as restrictions become easier
  • Daniel Andrews announced that the city would leave the lockdown on Tuesday at 11:59 pm
  • Cafes, restaurants and pubs may reopen subject to seating

Melburnians are rushing to make bookings in pubs, restaurants and cafes as the coronavirus restrictions finally disappear after more than 100 days of locking.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced on Monday that the city would come out of lockdown and enter the ‘third step’ of its roadmap at 11:59 PM on Tuesday.

Under the third step, cafes, restaurants and pubs can reopen with an outdoor limit of up to 50 and an indoor limit of up to 20. Beauty salons, personal services and tattoo parlors are also reopening.

But the prime minister has yet to announce a crucial piece of the puzzle: how many people are allowed to visit a household.

Melburnians are rushing to make bookings in pubs, restaurants and cafes as the coronavirus restrictions finally disappear after more than 100 days of locking. Pictured: Two women enjoy a drink in Melbourne in June before the city shuts down again amid deadly second wave

Melburnians are rushing to make bookings in pubs, restaurants and cafes as the coronavirus restrictions finally disappear after more than 100 days of locking. Pictured: Two women enjoy a drink in Melbourne in June before the city shuts down again amid deadly second wave

Two women in face masks walk along St Kilda Beach in Melbourne during the coronavirus crisis

Two women in face masks walk along St Kilda Beach in Melbourne during the coronavirus crisis

Two women in face masks walk along St Kilda Beach in Melbourne during the coronavirus crisis

Andrews assured Melburnians they could visit homes with more freedom in accordance with other rule changes starting at midnight, but wanted to rethink the final decision Monday night.

“We don’t want to create a bubble because we think this could be a particularly confusing set of arrangements for families, but we’re not quite sure yet,” he told reporters on Monday.

Further changes are planned starting November 8 at midnight, including the end of the so-called ‘ring of steel’ separating the capital from regional Victoria, as well as the 25 km travel limit.

Victoria did not register new coronavirus cases on Monday for the first time since June 9. The state followed with zero new infections and deaths on Tuesday.

Joe Vargetto, from Kew restaurant Mister Bianco, told me The Herald Sun he was ‘ecstatic’ to receive phone calls and online bookings before the relaxed restrictions.

‘I am absolutely delighted. I am very happy that I survived and got to this point, ”said Mr Vargetto.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced on Monday that the city would come out of lockdown and enter the 'third step' of its roadmap at 11:59 PM on Tuesday. Pictured: Melburnians soaking up the sun in a park

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced on Monday that the city would come out of lockdown and enter the 'third step' of its roadmap at 11:59 PM on Tuesday. Pictured: Melburnians soaking up the sun in a park

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced on Monday that the city would come out of lockdown and enter the ‘third step’ of its roadmap at 11:59 PM on Tuesday. Pictured: Melburnians soaking up the sun in a park

Under the third step, cafes, restaurants and pubs can reopen with an outdoor limit of up to 50 and an indoor limit of up to 20. Beauty salons, personal services and tattoo parlors are also reopening. Pictured: Residents of South Melbourne Market on Sundays

Under the third step, cafes, restaurants and pubs can reopen with an outdoor limit of up to 50 and an indoor limit of up to 20. Beauty salons, personal services and tattoo parlors are also reopening. Pictured: Residents of South Melbourne Market on Sundays

Under the third step, cafes, restaurants and pubs can reopen with an outdoor limit of up to 50 and an indoor limit of up to 20. Beauty salons, personal services and tattoo parlors are also reopening. Pictured: Residents of South Melbourne Market on Sundays

Duke of Wellington manager Andy O’Brien described the changes as “the best news we’ve had in a long time.”

“It’s great to do what we love again: pour beer, have satisfied customers,” he said.

Baby, an Italian restaurant in Richmond, welcomes the eased restrictions on Facebook.

“All your favorites, served with the smile you missed!” wrote the restaurant.

‘From Wednesday 28 October we will serve YOU! We take reservations through our website in accordance with government restrictions, with lunch and dinner available daily. ‘

Hawker Hall in Windsor also shared their excitement.

‘The woks are heating up and so are we! Crack chopsticks and get your food, ”they wrote.

From Wednesday, October 28, we serve dinner from Monday to Thursday and lunch and dinner from Friday to Sunday. Book a Hawker Feast with your best friends through our website. ‘

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

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