Victoria’s Christmas restrictions revealed

Victoria’s Christmas restrictions revealed

The Victorian government has revealed the latest steps out of lockdown with a wave of restrictions to ease, including the number of people residents can welcome into their homes for Christmas.

From midnight on December 13 Victorians will be allowed to welcome up to 30 people into their homes, just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, Premier Daniel Andrews revealed on Sunday.

“I’m pleased to be able to announce a number of steps that will take us towards that COVID-safe summer,” he said.

“What will Christmas 2020 look like? I can confirm that from 11:59pm on Sunday, December 13, 30 visitors will be allowed to your home. That is 30 across the course of a day. That is not 30 for lunch and 30 for dinner, it is 30 across the course of the day.”

He said that was a “big step forward” and it was hard to imagine getting to this stage four months ago.

“It is also very important to acknowledge that Christmas and those end of year family get-togethers and functions are not just for Christmas Day, they are in that latter part of the year,” he said.

“So 30 people, 30 visitors to your home. Dependants are counted as part of the 30 unless it is a baby under the age of one year.”

The Premier also outlined a spate of other major rule changes to come into effect from midnight Sunday.

From 11:59pm, rules around mask wearing will be loosened and private gatherings will be increased from two visitors per household to 15.…

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