Local News

Ballarat moves a step closer to Covid normal


Regional Victoria has now taken another step towards Covid normal.

From 11.59pm last night further restrictions were eased in Ballarat with 40 people now allowed indoors at pubs and restaurants and the social bubble removed.
The state recorded just 2 new cases of the virus yesterday, both in Metro Melbourne, with the rolling 14 day regional average dropping back slightly to 0.5.
Ballarat has not had an active infection for about 5 weeks now.

STEP ONE: From 11.59pm on October 18

* Up to two people, plus dependents, allowed to visit a home per day.

* Hospitality: increased capacity to 70 people outside and 40 people inside (subject to conditions). Indoor limit won't initially apply to greater Shepparton.

* Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies capped at 20 people.

* Indoor pools to open for those aged 18 and under. Maximum of 20 swimmers and one-on-one hydrotherapy with a health professional.

* Libraries/toy libraries to reopen with a maximum of 20 people indoors.

* Households can visit care facilities (rather than one person at a time).


STEP TWO: From 11.59pm on November 1

* Non-contact indoor physical recreation for under 18-year-olds: e.g. dance classes, with a maximum of 20 people.

* Non-contact indoor community sport for under 18-year-olds: spectators limited to one parent, guardian or carer per child.



* Approved face masks must be worn at all times outside home.

* Work from home if possible.

* All businesses must have a COVID-safe plan.


Image by Klaus Hausmann from Pixabay