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    Member for Lowan Emma Kealy scans in at Horsham Plaza with plaza manager Allison Roberts.

Regional Victoria COVID-19 restrictions easing confirmed

The State Government has confirmed it will introduce an easing of restrictions in regional Victoria tonight, following advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

From 11.59pm tonight the five reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. People will only be able to travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and you must follow Melbourne restrictions when there.

While having visitors to your home is prohibited, outdoor-gathering limits can occur with up to 10 people, with infants under 12 months not included in the cap.

Food and hospitality will open for seated service only, with a cap of 50 people per venue, subject to density requirements of one per four square metres.

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Retail businesses can also open and personal services such as beauty and tattooing can resume for services where people can continue to wear masks.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies are permitted for 50 people, plus one faith leader, indoors or outdoors and gathering limits for weddings will be 10 people and for funerals to 50 mourners.

Junior outdoor community sport will return, and adults will be able to resume training and recreation outdoors.

Outdoor pools can operate with a limit of 50 people and a density quotient of one person per 4sqm. Outdoor entertainment – seated and unseated will have a patron cap of 50 people or 50 percent of the venue’s seated capacity, whichever is lower.

To avoid virus transmission from Melbourne to the regions, while restrictions remain in metropolitan Melbourne, the government has stressed a need for businesses that are open in regional Victoria but closed in Melbourne, such as restaurants or beauty salons, must check the place of residence of everyone they serve.

The government is also expanding its Service Victoria QR requirements so that will be mandatory to check in to retail settings such as supermarkets and shops. This will apply across the state.

Customers must now check in whenever they attend a venue – a minimum of 15 minutes will no longer apply.

Horsham Plaza manager Allison Roberts said the Plaza was adhering to the rules.

"The conditions are challenging for everyone. We want everyone to look after each other and be respectful to all," she said.

 "The rules are in place to keep us all safe and we are grateful that Emma Kealy, Member for Lowan, called down to clarify some queries for Horsham Plaza traders.

 "QR Codes are a part of our life for the future. We also suggest to anyone with elderly parents, or family members who are not tech savvy, that they assist these people to put the Service Victoria App on their phones and give guidance on using the QR Codes.

"Some people might not have data on their phones and this might need to be addressed."

Mask-wearing rules continue to apply. People needing more information can visit website