RELIGIOUS services, gyms and indoor pools will return this week across Ballarat with Premier Daniel Andrews announcing changes to restrictions on Sunday.
From 11.59pm on Tuesday evening, indoor pools will be able to return with up to 20 people able to use the pool at the time.
Religious gatherings will also be able to have up to 20 people indoors, plus a faith leader, while outdoor services can increase to 50 people. Outdoor funerals will be allowed up to 50 people to attend.
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Gyms and fitness studios will also return with a maximum of 20 people, or one person per eight square metres.
Indoor sport for 18 and under will also return.
WHAT IS CHANGING IN REGIONAL VICTORIA FROM 11.59pm ON TUESDAY?
- Gyms and fitness studios can reopen with up to 20 people - maximum 10 per space/class/group - with density limits
- Food courts reopen
- Indoor seating limit of two people per table for food courts, and a maximum of 50 diners per outdoor area with a group limit of 10. Each area separated by 10 metres. Maximum of four areas (200 people)
- Live music allowed in outdoor hospitality settings. Band included in venue limit. Members spaced at least two metres apart and wear face masks (except singers)
- Grade 6 and Year 12 graduations permitted for students and staff only with COVIDSafe requirements. Broadcast for parents and others
- Up to 20 people plus a faith leader can attend indoor religious gatherings - 50 if outdoors. Either indoor or outdoor - not both
- Outdoor funerals can have up to 50 people in attendance
- Indoor community sport for those 18 and under can return if it's able to be played at a distance of 1.5 metres apart. Spectators limited to one parent, guardian or carer only
- Indoor swimming pools, including swimming classes, can host up to 20 people
- No workers cap for construction, manufacturing, wholesale, medical supply, pharmaceutical supply. Industries subject to high-risk COVIDSafe Plan
GREATER SHEPPARTON - FROM 11.59PM ON SUNDAY
- Greater Shepparton, the site of a recent outbreak, brought into line with the rest of regional Victoria
Food courts can open. Live music can resume as part of outdoor hospitality while school graduations can be held within school communities.
However, the news isn't as good for Melbourne residents, who will face at least one or two more days of lockdown, given there are seven new cases which have been confirmed over the past 24 hours.
These cases are linked to the northern suburbs outbreak. There are now 39 people affected in the northern suburb outbreak.
"In the last 24 hours, over 3000 Victorians from our northern suburbs did a profoundly powerful thing and got tested," Mr Andrews said..
"We have around 1000 swabs currently being processed - and we're expecting even more today.
"We'll use the next couple of days to review those results and understand exactly how this virus is travelling.
"Put simply: this is a couple of extra days that might put us weeks ahead of this virus. To not only get on top of this outbreak - but to stamp it out."
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