Victoria ends mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and eases Covid restrictions on home gatherings

Victoria ends mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and eases Covid restrictions on home gatherings

As Victoria marked its 23rd consecutive day of no new Covid-19 cases and no additional deaths, the state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, announced the end of mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and increased visitor limits in homes, and increased capacity in restaurants, pubs, and gyms.

From Monday, for the first time in more than three months, Victorians will no longer be required to wear masks when outside at all times, under the new rules announced on Sunday. Instead, people will only be required to wear mask when indoors and on public transport, or in places outside where social distancing is not possible.

“If you go to Bunnings and you are inside the store, you are wearing a mask. If you are in the car park, you do not have to wear your mask,” Andrews said. “But 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.”

From Monday, people will be allowed to have up to 15 people in their home each day, and this rule applies to holiday accomodation. Cafes, bars, and restaurants will be able to seat 100 indoors and 200 outdoors, within the density limits.

People dine outdoors in Melbourne on Sunday. From Monday, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to have up to 100 patrons indoors and 200 outdoors. Photograph: Erik Anderson/EPA

Gyms and indoor sporting venues will be able to increase capacity to 150 people, with groups of up to 20 adhering to one person per four square metres.…

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