Melbourne Lockdown over: Face to face learning to return

Students will return to face to face learning after two weeks of lockdown.

By Melissa Meehan

Melbourne’s 4th lockdown will end at midnight on Thursday night, with some restrictions still in place.

Acting Premier James Merlino, on Wednesday, confirmed as part of the changes, face-to-face learning in Victorian schools would return.

Until now, only students in Year 11 and 12 have been able to physically attend school, while others engaged in remote learning.

Victoria recorded only one case overnight on Wednesday, paving the way for the easing of restrictions.

“Today is a good day,” Mr Merlino told reporters.

Other changes include:

  • Masks no longer required outside, unless social distancing of 1.5m cannot be followed
  • Funerals limited to 50 people
  • Weddings limited to 10 people
  • Offices can return to 25 % but those who can work from home are urged to work from home.
  • Restaurants and cafes can open in line with density limits
  • Hair and beauty can open if clients can wear masks
  • Community sport can return to training
  • Auctions can take place outdoors
  • Some entertainment venues and community facilities can open in line with density limits
  • Gyms are to remain closed.

All residents of Metropolitan Melbourne (including the Yarra Ranges and Mornington Peninsula) are subject to a 25km radius travel limit. Which means they are only able to leave the 25km radius for work, education and caregiving.

It’s believed that measure will stop Melburnians from going to regional areas over the long weekend.

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