Sunday will be the last day Victorians will have to wear face masks each time they go outside, and from this week residents will be able to welcome 15 people into their homes.
If all goes to plan under the next stage of coronavirus rules, there could be up to 30 family and friends at Christmas tables around the state.
The relaxation of the controversial mask edict came as the state again notched another day of zero new infections or deaths, with the Premier Daniel Andrews praising the “amazing job” resident had done in beating back the nation’s worst virus outbreak.
Statement on further easing of restrictions in Victoria: pic.twitter.com/NKnwxC81er
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) November 21, 2020
“From 11:59pm on Sunday, December 13, 30 visitors will be allowed to your home – that is 30 across the course of a day,” Mr Andrews said.
“That is not 30 for lunch and 30 for dinner, it is 30 across the course of the day.”
It’s been 23 days since the state recorded a new coronavirus death.
The Premier said the reforms were “recognition of that amazing effort… a recognition of this precious thing that we have built.”
But he stressed the situation was still “fragile” and he urged Victorians to continuing sticking to the rules.
Yesterday there were 0 new cases and 0 lost lives reported. There is 1 active case remaining. We received 10,530 test results – thanks Victoria, #EveryTestHelps. More: https://t.co/pcll7ySEgz #StaySafeStayOpen #COVID19Vic pic.twitter.com/yijW3KLf3E
— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) November 21, 2020
Face masks will also no longer be mandatory outdoors, as long as people keep a safe distance from others.
People will still need to wear face masks indoors in Victoria, however, and they must carry a mask with them at all times in case they find themselves in a situation where they would need one.
Mr Andrews gave the example of visiting a Bunnings hardware store. He said masks would not be needed in the carpark outside, but would be needed inside the shop or in outdoor areas where it wasn’t possible to keep 1.5 metres apart.
“If you are queueing up for a sausage, and you are with other people, and you are simply not keeping a distance, you are part of a crowd, you need to put the mask on,” he said.
More to come.