As restrictions in Ballarat ease and people look to catch up with friends, the City of Ballarat has made it clear what is and isn't acceptable behaviour.
As residents are not allowed to have people from outside of their two household bubbles in their home and time limits put on eating out, many people have looked towards a classic picnic as the perfect way to catch up with friends.
This by all accounts will be the case, as groups of 10 or less can gather at a park to see each other, given that they are socially distanced and wearing masks.
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However, people may have to wait until further restrictions are eased before raising an alcoholic toast with a group from multiple homes.
City of Ballarat Local Law prohibits the consumption of alcohol in public places in the City of Ballarat at all times.
The only time people are able to drink in public parks is during a registered festival or special event, if you have a council permit, or if the park is part of a licensed venue.
Anyone caught by police consuming alcohol in a public space can be fined under the Local Laws, and will be asked to stop drinking, leave the area and dispose of their alcohol.
If you want to have a beer with mates, just be smart and go to the pub.
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