Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions begin to unwind

From November 2, Melburnians will be allowed to leave their homes for any reason as Premier Dan Andrews relaxes Victoria’s severe coronavirus restrictions.

Melbourne’s travel radius has been expanded to 25 kilometres and people will able to leave their homes for as long as they like.

The easing of restrictions means hospitality venues will be allowed to seat patrons indoors following the 4sqm social distancing rule. But they will be limited to 10 people per indoor space, with a maximum of 20 people indoors in a venue.

Outdoors, they will be capped at one person per 2sqm, up to a maximum of 50 patrons.

A number of restrictions in regional Victoria will also be eased ahead of schedule with hospitality venues allowed to increase their capacity to 70 people outside and 40 people inside.

However, the “ring of steel” separating metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria will remain in place.

“I ask Victorians to keep working very hard each day this week, so that we can stand up here next Sunday and make further announcements that what is slated for November 1 can be brought forward,” Andrews said.