The rest of the community will be fined if we fail to observe social distancing in private and public gatherings, such as the limits on people attending church, funerals, restaurants and sporting events etc while the State’s economy is still in virtual lock down yet thousands of protesters will be allowed to assemble and protest in the main streets of Sydney and Melbourne, in sympathy with US Black Lives Matter. As one TV commentator said to the effect: “If there is a significant outbreak of covid-19 virus, as a result of granting special dispensation to the crowds attending these protests, then all the fines and draconian restrictions imposed on our people’s movements in recent months would have all been for nothing”.
What we have now is a situation where it will be unreasonable to impose fines in the future after such a wholesale breach of regulations has been sanctioned. This makes a mockery of the hard and tedious work required of police who were asked to enforce draconian measures such as knocking on doors to see that people had remained at home or to impose fines on drivers with passengers who failed to provide a legitimate reason for being away from home etc..
From 11:59pm on 31 May the following changes came into effect.
- Private gatherings increase to a total of 20 people in a house, including members of the household.
- Public gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, will increase to 20.
- Weddings increase to 20 people, plus the celebrant and the couple.
- Both indoor and outdoor funerals increase to 50 people, plus people reasonably required to conduct the funeral.
- Private worship or small religious ceremonies increase to up to 20 people plus people reasonably required for the ceremony.
Business, travel, retail and personal services
- Auction houses, real estate auctions and open house inspections increase to 20 people plus the minimum number reasonably required to facilitate.
- Restaurants, cafes and pubs can open and serve meals for up to 20 patrons per space. Alcohol with meals only.
- Overnight stays in private residences allowed.
- Camping and tourist accommodation allowed if no use of shared facilities.
- Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours, massage parlours to open with up to 20 patrons.
- Non-food and drink market stalls to open.
Sports and recreation
- Community facilities to open, with no more than 20 people in a single space plus those reasonably required to run the space.
- Indoor and outdoor pools to open, to maximum 20 patrons and limit of 3 people per lane in each pool.
- Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, drive-in cinemas, zoos and arcades to open with up to 20 patrons per space, while ensuring density limits are applied to the entire venue.
- Non-contact outdoor sporting activities will increase to 20 people plus the instructor.
From 11:59pm on 21 June – and in line with the most up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer – the following changes will be made:
- Increased number of patrons in restaurants, cafes and pubs with up to 50 patrons per space.
- Increase number of patrons in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades to up to 50 patrons per space, while ensuring density quotient is applied to the entire venue.
- Ski season to start
- Indoor sports centres and physical recreation venues, including gyms to open with up to 20 people per single undivided indoor space and up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time.
- Indoor cinemas, movie theatres, concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums to open with up to 50 seated patrons per space.
We continue to encourage Victorians to use their common sense when it comes to their activities.
Because we all have a part to play. And it’s up to all of us to make this work.
Police can issue fines for non-compliance with these restrictions.