Residents of East Gippsland are urged to remind their friends and relatives in Melbourne that they are not allowed to travel to Regional Victoria without an essential reason, such as work or essential care giving.
Having a holiday home or family home in East Gippsland does not count as an essential reason.
With Regional Victorians set to be rewarded for continued low COVID case numbers with a further relaxation of restrictions on Thursday, there are concerns Melburnians may flock to country areas and expose residents here to the risk of new community transmissions we have all worked so hard to avoid.
Premier Daniel Andrews said Tuesday that border controls around Melbourne would be strengthened to prevent the virus being carried out of the city, and that more cars would be pulled over at checkpoints.
“We can’t have people travelling unnecessarily and unlawfully into regional Victoria from metropolitan Melbourne, and potentially taking the virus with them,” Premier Andrews said, reinforcing that people are still not permitted to go to their second homes.
“That’s simply not on,” he said. “That puts everything at risk. It’s unnecessary movement. It’s unlawful movement.”
Regional Victoria is moving to Step 3 in the pathway to ‘COVID Normal’ because the daily average number of cases in the last 14 days in Regional Victoria is less than 5 and there are 0 cases in Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the last 14 days.
Here’s the key points of Step 3 for Regional Victoria:
- Regional Victorians still have to wear masks but the four reasons for leaving home will no longer apply
- Spend time with others outside where possible
- Public gatherings: up to 10 people outdoors
- Visitors allowed at home from 1 other household (up to 5 people)
- Schools return to onsite learning from Term 4 with safety measures
- Hospitality open for predominantly outdoor seated service only – density quotas will apply
- All retail open, except personal care (hairdressers open)
- Regional Victorians are now allowed to travel within the regions
- Accommodation operators will be allowed to reopen under tight restrictions
Get all the information about the Step 3 rules for Regional Victoria at: www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-reopening-roadmap-regional-victoria