Roadmap to reopening

Currently, Melbourne is in Stage 4 restrictions but from 11:59pm on 13 September, we’ll take our First Step towards COVID Normal.

These steps will be guided by dates and data – with clear and articulated case targets, we’re creating “trigger points” for review for our public health team – giving Victorians even more insight into how we’re tracking.

That includes the creation of a “bubble” for people living alone and single parents – allowing more isolated Victorians to nominate one other person – a friend or family member that can visit them in their home.

Exercise will also be expanded. Under the First Step, it will also be lengthened to two hours every day. This could be a two-hour block or split into two one-hour blocks. You can continue exercising with one other person outside your household – or those you live with.

We’ll also expand this to include “social interaction”. These are activities that don’t require the reopening of a workplace or recreational facility – things like sharing a picnic in your local park or reading a book at your local beach. And for parents just as much as kids, the reopening of playgrounds. The curfew will also move back an hour to 9pm.

Ahead of 28 September, and if we’re on track with our case numbers, our public health team will review our progress and ensure we can confidently move metropolitan Melbourne to the Second Step.

Under the Second Step in metropolitan Melbourne, we’ll get more people back to work – some 100,000 workers across construction, manufacturing, and landscape garden and maintenance workers who operate alone.

Childcare will also open without permits – making life a little less stressful for parents working from home.

I know for a lot of businesses, they’ll want to know what comes next for them too, and certainty to plan for the future.  And while the current arrangements will remain in place until at least 28 September, we’ll continue meeting with you – and listening to you – to make sure you have that certainty going forward.


For Victoria’s step by step, sector by sector, activity by activity breakdown please click here: