Third Step in the roadmap to Victoria’s recovery from COVID-19 restrictions
The Third Step in the roadmap to Victoria’s recovery from COVID-19 restrictions starts tomorrow, Thursday 17 September.
There will be minimal changes to Latrobe City Council’s current services. Council is reviewing the changes to the restrictions and in coming days will provide a further update. For now we continue to explore innovative ways in which we can deliver our services.
Under the Third Step:
- Visitors to are your home are allowed, but regional Victorians must create a ‘household bubble’ with one nominated household. That will allow up to 5 visitors from that household at a time (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap). The bubble requires that you choose the same other household for the duration of the Third Step. The bubble is an exclusive arrangement – you cannot have a household choose you and you choose a different household
- You are free to leave home whenever you need to and are able to travel within regional Victoria. You won’t be able to travel into areas with higher restrictions, namely metropolitan Melbourne, unless it’s for essential reasons, such as medical appointments. Accommodation in regional Victoria can re-open, with a cap and bubble, as per the previous dot point
- Public gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted outdoors only
- Work from home if you can
- Hospitality will be predominantly outdoors dining and seating, with a group limit of 10 and density limits
- All retail will be open, including hairdressing and beauty services where a face covering can be worn for the duration of service
- Real estate - private inspections by appointment only, auctions outdoors subject to gathering limits
- Shopping - no person limits
- Some sports resume. These are: outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people aged 18 and younger, outdoor non-contact sport only for adults, with gathering and density limits, outdoor skate parks reopen, outdoor fitness for groups of 10 people
- Weddings - allowed with up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant)
- Funerals - allowed with up to 20 people (infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral are not included in the limit)
- Religion - outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader, places of worship open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader
Latrobe City skate parks will reopen. Please remember if you do use playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment, you must adhere to social distancing requirements outlined by the Victorian Government. This means no more than 10 people, adhering to social distancing of 1.5 metres, can gather at once at each playground or outdoor facility.
When using these community facilities we encourage you to take hand sanitiser and wipes for your use to assist in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Please note masks are still mandatory.
At this stage, our leisure centres and libraries will remain closed.
We all must continue to play our part in staying safe.
Stay tuned to our social media for any other updates regarding reopening.
For more information on Step 3, please visit: https://www.vic.gov.au/third-step-coronavirus-road-to-recovery
As of Monday 3 August 2020, under new directives from the Victorian State Government, everyone in Victoria is required to wear a mask when leaving their home. Exemptions apply to children under the age of 12 years and for some medical conditions.
Residents will need to obtain a mask before this date in order to comply with the new regulation. Unfortunately, Latrobe City Council is not able to provide masks to the general public.
There are a number of local retailers who supply either disposable or reusable masks and the state government is in the process of organising masks to agencies across the state to meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our community.
Masks must be worn at all Latrobe City Council facilities such as libraries, service centres, leisure centres, visitor information centre, Latrobe Regional Gallery and all other public places.
For more information on masks please visit the DHHS website.