Greater Brisbane has been plunged into lockdown. Up to 10 people from any number of households will be able to gather outdoors, however, Victorians are still required to wear a face mask in public. The ring of steel lift from 11:59pm November 8. Overwhelmingly, the answer was 'yes', although some people would like to get back to the office and see schools reopen. "If I hadn't pushed for things, I probably would have left [isolation] before I should have.". Local nurse and now-contact tracer, Melissa Warburton, has seen up close how time-consuming contact tracing can be. The lifting of restrictions from midnight on December 1 means any Victorian can … Canberra and NSW have lifted travel restrictions with Victoria. He said the different rules for the numbers of people who could attend pubs and funerals did not make sense. "Because while the virus is still with us, we will be in a place where we do not need to have that legislative instrument in place any longer, and that's good news," he said. Stage 3 coronavirus restrictions are being lifted in Victoria. Special dinners and cups of tea. What's open and what's not during Greater Brisbane lockdown? 4:53 Fraser Island bushfire bears down on Happy Valley. In some cases, that information has been uncoordinated and confusing. More on 7NEWS.com.au. Be it miscommunication or misunderstanding, the resulting outbreak paralysed the state: 800 people went into isolation, thousands had to be tested and Victoria's long-awaited reopening was delayed. "Nine days of zero is utterly fantastic, but there can be individuals who haven't been identified. "The time will come when we can change that but that is not now," Mr Andrews said. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said masks could "reduce the risk significantly" of people transmitting the virus, especially before they developed symptoms. We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. Private gatherings will be able to increase to 10 people. By now everyone knows the drill when it comes to keeping safe — so I won't waste words. Victoria lifts COVID-19 gathering limit to 20 with more restrictions set to be eased Victoria isn't ready for mass gatherings, but it's getting closer. Collectively, we've missed the big moments and the small. But the rules for masks look set to remain in place beyond November 22. They were ineligible for the Government's sick leave payments because they were working in Victoria illegally. Source: AAP. ... A police dog helped Victoria Police Department locate the two suspects Infectious diseases physician Daniel O'Brien says when people are called by a local doctor instead of a stranger, it fosters "openness and cooperation". The Premier insists the virus is just as dangerous for everybody, but epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws says this virus does indeed discriminate. People living together under the same roof — whether a positive case, close contact or secondary contact — will now be managed as a household with a "client coordinator" assigned as a dedicated contact point. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has repeatedly told residents their secrets are safe with contact tracers, imploring Victorians own up to any cash-in-hand job they might have, or places they might have visited. The cleaner failed to tell tracers she worked at a butcher in Chadstone, while the truck driver didn't say he had visited Shepparton and Benalla, as well as Kilmore. Photo: ABC This week, Victoria celebrated a milestone 14 days in a row of "double doughnuts" — zero new cases overnight and zero deaths. From 11.59pm on Tuesday, these rules will apply in Victoria outside of Melbourne: Gyms and fitness studios reopen in regional Victoria, to a maximum of 20 people, a maximum of 10 people per space, and a density of one person per eight square metres Meanwhile, the Health Department says its instructions were clear and he should have remained in quarantine. We've seen it in outbreaks in abattoirs in Germany, in America. 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A realignment of metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria coronavirus restrictions will allow buyers to travel statewide for private property inspections and to compete at auctions, at which attendances will be capped. Home is where we relax, where we feel comfortable — which is precisely why it's so dangerous. This latest initiative follows the earlier lifting of border restrictions for visitors from Australia, excluding Victoria state, Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand and Vietnam. "You don't know where they've grown up and so what reaction they expect from governments. The Government has shifted its slogan from "staying apart keeps us together" to "stay safe, stay open". We have given up so much. Find out how to opt in for more Victorian news. By Lara Pearce • Senior Producer 9:27pm Nov 22, 2020 Christmas is back on for Victorians with a series of sweeping changes to the state's coronavirus restrictions after months in strict lockdown. There are some other changes that we've been able to bring forward. Starting from December 13, residents will be allowed to host Christmas parties and other gatherings inside their homes for up to 30 guests. Victoria faces a 60 per cent risk of enduring a third wave of coronavirus before Christmas if restrictions lift too early, the state government has said. Today, because of that sacrifice, our state can be whole again. But Maggie says Victoria needs to work harder at understanding the reasons why people might lie, especially those who fear visa or illegal work arrangements might come under scrutiny. LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. For regional Victoria, the following restrictions will ease from 11.59pm tonight: This is irrespective of whether the Fire Danger Period has been introduced in a municipality or not. Mr Andrews also signalled the next step out of lockdown, with the 25km travel limit and the border between Melbourne and regional Victoria to be lifted on November 8. Note - A separate Total Fire Ban declaration will mean no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day. Breaking News from Melbourne and Victoria ... A final set of eased restrictions will be announced in a fortnight on December 6, with Mr Andrews saying they would be … That’s the number allowed in cafes and restaurants interstate – Victoria will be restricted to takeaway only for at least the end of May. By Sarah Swain. Road travel restrictions in WA may be on the table to be eased within the next few weeks. Workforce caps have been lifted for the meat, poultry and seafood processing industries, but strict COVID-safe rules must continue to be followed. "I'm constantly amazed by the information people give us," he says, noting that the more people trust contact tracers, the more forthcoming they will be with information. He has also flagged a provisional early lifting of many other aspects of the lockdown on October 19. Since then, Victoria has refined the system further. Hospitality, a maximum of 20 people inside and 50 people outside, will reopen from 11.59pm on November 1. Indoor sport for those 18 and under can recommence. There'll be other changes for Melbourne too. Households will now be able to host 30 people a day and outdoor gatherings have been increased to … It's really important that people stick within these rules. Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the 25-kilometre travel limit in Melbourne and the "ring of steel" separating the city from regional Victoria will be lifted, as part of a widespread relaxation of restrictions in the city. Hospitality, a maximum of 20 people inside and 50 people outside, will reopen from 11.59pm on November 1. Victoria restrictions lift in time for Christmas. The Stay Stay Safe Directions (Victoria) (No 8) come into force at 11.59pm on 3 January 2021 and replace the Stay Safe Directions (Victoria) (No 7). "We're in a really fortunate situation. But local knowledge can help streamline these calls, she says. Premier Daniel Andrews’ original path out of COVID-19 lockdown would have seen the lifting of the 5km radius, hospitality allowed a limited reopening and household social bubbles created. Daniels Andrews, Gladys Berejiklian and Annastacia Palaszczuk on Q+A as Victoria and Queensland plan to ease lockdown restrictions. a cleaner and a truck driver who did not tell contact tracers the full story, which saw the virus spread silently to the state's north, How a single case of COVID-19 sparked a lockdown, UK, US and Germany all record staggering daily death tolls. Victoria's restrictions to remain despite other states lifting measures. Here's what that means for cinemas, sport and travel. The state of emergency, which has been in place since March, will be extended. And together, we've come so far. From Tuesday, the border restriction with Victoria will be lifted, allowing free travel from that state into South Australia for the first time since March. Victorian Premier insists the rules must remain in place for now. She says phone calls can sometimes last eight hours. You're going to want to use them on public transport and at the shops and supermarkets," he said. Those under 16 will also be able to visit hospitals. More restrictions are scheduled to lift next month. In the early days of the pandemic, Victoria's contact tracing system came under criticism for being slow and clunky. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask while on your flight. Such rapport might have been useful in the case of a cleaner and a truck driver who did not tell contact tracers the full story, which saw the virus spread silently to the state's north. I want a clear answer'," she says. S'pore to lift border restrictions for visitors from mainland China & Australia's Victoria state from Nov. 6. © Getty Ash McCall greets his girlfriend Harriet Beard at Adelaide Airport as she returns from Melbourne after borders between South Australia … Once per day and limited to two hours. Because staying apart meant keeping each other safe. Restrictions including a ban on dining at restaurants after 6 pm and the mandatory wearing of masks in all outdoor public areas are set to remain in force until at least August 25. Restrictions in regional Victoria will be eased when it records a 14-day daily case average below five, and zero cases with an unknown source for 14 days. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Note - A separate Total Fire Ban declaration will mean no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day. What's open and what's not during Greater Brisbane lockdown? South Australia will re-open to Victorians in the coming weeks. B.C.’s top doctor say the province could begin lifting social contact restrictions in the province in the middle of May, but warns that life won’t be the same until there is a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Rather than easing restrictions when the criterion for new cases was met, the government had also, unnecessarily, set a … Here's what that means for visiting family, travel and the return to school. Melbourne has come into line with regional Victoria's coronavirus restrictions. COVIDSafe Summer – restrictions apply from 11:59pm Sunday 6 December 2020. Find out how to opt in for more Victorian news. Gyms and indoor sporting facilities can open with up to 20 — subject to strict density limits. Those cases underscore the system's big weakness: it's almost totally reliant on people telling the whole truth and not holding anything back. Metropolitan Melbourne has been subject to Stage 4 restrictions since 2 August 2020 with residents under stay at home orders following a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the community. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced (29-Oct-2020) plans to lift border restrictions for visitors from mainland China and Australia's Victoria state from 06-Nov-2020. SINGAPORE: Singapore will lift its border restrictions for all visitors from mainland China and Australia’s Victoria state from next Friday (Nov 6). NSW recorded one new case of locally acquired COVID-19 in the latest reporting period. Restrictions will ease in regional Victoria this week, as a “cautious pause” is placed on the lockdown being lifted in metropolitan Melbourne due to an outbreak in the northern suburbs. Hospital and care facility visitation restrictions have been slightly relaxed to allow one household to visit a patient or resident for up to two hours. Tourist accommodation across the state will now be open, with limits in place for who can make bookings. From Monday, restaurants and pubs will have their density limits increased to 40 patrons indoors and 70 outside. The urgent question is, where will it end? Melburnians will have to wait a bit longer than regional Victorians before an... Read more » Until issues surrounding the state's illegal workforce are addressed, lies might continue to taint the work of contact tracers in future outbreaks. The Prime Minister dubbed New South Wales the "gold standard" that every state should be aiming for. And Victorians will be able to make up for lost time with loved ones. And accommodation will be able to open — because frankly, Victorians have earned a break. "Nine days of zero is not the same as a vaccine," Mr Andrews said. Published: 09/05/2020Updated: 9 May 2020 5:13 AM. The state has had nine consecutive "double doughnut" days of no new infections or coronavirus deaths, bringing the rolling 14-day average down to just 0.4. By comparison, experts said Victoria's healthcare system was under-resourced and over-centralised. But you cannot know a system's weaknesses until it is again put under pressure. For Melbourne, that means visits to the home will be relaxed — a little. Georgie says her experience shows how big mistakes can happen. Victoria eases Covid restrictions again as it reaches 37 days without a case. It is the first time all of Victoria has been on the same restrictions level since late June, when 10 Melbourne postcodes were locked down as the second wave was spreading. "There will be a time when we change the settings on masks, but they are useful because they reduce transmission from anyone who might have an infection," he said. Victoria's coronavirus restrictions lifting could be the first test of revamped contact tracing system Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. "And then you also then unpack their contacts. Singapore will unilaterally lift border restrictions to visitors from Australia - excluding Victoria state - and Vietnam from Oct 8. As well as problems with information flowing into the contact tracing system, there have also been issues with the information flowing out. The rules that currently apply to regional Victoria will apply to the whole state — wherever you live. Other number limits on gatherings, pub limits, weddings and funerals will also be increased in line with regional Victoria. 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