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Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions to again apply for all of regional Victoria from 11.59pm on Wednesday, August 5

This means there’s only four reasons to be out of your home:

    • Shopping for food and essential items
    • Care and caregiving
    • Daily exercise
    • Work and study – if you can’t do it from home

New rules on gatherings of people

    • Private – no visitors
    • Public up to 2 people or household members only

Employer obligations (No change)

Work from home. Must not allow employees to work from workplace if reasonably practicable to work from home

New rules for schools

    • Remote learning state-wide, including Year 11 and 12’s, except for vulnerable children and children of permitted workers (Note: Students at school on Monday, pupil free day Tuesday, remote learning Wednesday August 5)
    • Specialist schools remain open for all children
    • Childcare and kindergarten remain open for all children

New rules on country sports/outdoor recreation activities

    • Community sport: CLOSED
    • Indoor sport and recreation: CLOSED
    • Outdoor sport: only allowed to exercise or activities such as fishing, golfing, boating, tennis, surfing with one other person or household members providing 1.5 metre distance can be maintained
    • Outdoor sporting facilities: CLOSED except for facilities where public gathering and physical distancing limits can be adhered to and there is no use of shared equipment or communal facilities (eg. tennis courts, golf course).
    • Swimming pools: CLOSED
    • Playcentres: CLOSED
    • Playgrounds: CLOSED

Shopping, retail and personal services

    • Restaurants and cafes: takeaway and delivery only
    • Pubs, bars, clubs, nightclubs: CLOSED, bottle shop and takeaway only
    • Food courts: CLOSED
    • Beauty and personal care services: CLOSED, apart from hairdressers.
    • Saunas and bath houses: CLOSED
    • Auction houses to operate remotely
    • Real estate auctions and inspections: operate remotely and inspections by appointment.
    • Market stalls: stalls can operate for provision of take away drink and food only.
    • Markets and shopping centres: open, subject to density quotient but people can only visit for necessary goods and services
    • Other retail: open, subject to density


    • Libraries and community venues: only to host an essential public support service, or a wedding or funeral.
    • Galleries, museums and zoos: CLOSED
    • Outdoor amusement parks and arcades: CLOSED
    • Indoor cinemas: CLOSED
    • Drive-in cinemas: CLOSED
    • Concern venues, theatres, auditoriums: CLOSED
    • Arenas and stadiums: CLOSED
    • Casinos and gaming: CLOSED
    • Brothels, strip clubs and sex on premise venues: CLOSED


    • Religious ceremonies and private worship: broadcast only
    • Weddings: up to 5 people (couple, two witnesses and celebrant)
    • Funerals: up to 10 people, plus those conducting the funeral
    • Attending a wedding or funeral is a reason to leave home. Attending a funeral is a permitted reason to enter metropolitan Melbourne


    • Travel within regional Victoria: allowed for work, education (if necessary), necessary goods and services and care / compassionate purposes only
    • Holiday accommodation and camping: CLOSED except for residents, emergency accommodation or work purposes
    • Second place of residence – You cannot visit a second place of residence with limited exceptions (eg. emergency or maintenance; shared custody; to stay with intimate partner who does not live with you)

More detail here

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Advice for residents living in cross-border communities on current border restrictions is available at www.service.nsw.gov.au

You can contact my Echuca Electorate Office with any questions on (03) 5482 2039 or peter.walsh@parliament.vic.gov.au

To apply for a New South Wales entry permit or to check your eligibility visit www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-covid-19-nsw-border-entry-permit


Watch: Sky News (7 July 2020) – Communities on the border being ‘punished’ for ‘Andrews govt’s failures’

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