Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced roadmaps to the easing of restrictions, one for Melbournians, who are currently under stage 4 restrictions and one for regional Victorians, who are currently under stage 3.

In anticipation of these announcements OV has been working closely with our colleagues, Australian Camps Association (ACA), VTIC, government ministers and departments to do whatever we can to advocate for the survival of the outdoor sector. The Victorian government does understand the dire situation outdoor providers and camps are facing and the impact it will have on students, families and other members of the community who benefit from access to outdoor education and activities.

The restriction levels are mapped out in steps from 1, 2, 3, last step, finally COVID normal. We will only attempt to outline the main points of the first steps for both Melbourne and regional Victoria in this post. We will follow up soon with the next steps.


Metro Melbourne will be taking the First Step: with expanded social interaction from (11:59pm 13 September)

To get to COVID normal, many of the current Stage 4 measures will need to remain in place. However, a few restrictions will be relieved. From 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September:

  • limited in-person visits for single person households and single parents will be allowed
    • People living alone or single parents can nominate one person with whom they can form a ‘single social bubble’.  The ‘single social bubble’ allows you to visit each other for social connection.  Single parents with dependents (including young children) who cannot be left alone will be allowed to include the dependents in the bubble. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you can only form a bubble with someone in metropolitan Melbourne, not regional Victoria.
    • If the person you nominate to be in your bubble lives with other people, you can only visit if they are at home alone. Alternatively, they can visit you at home.

Exercise and recreation

  • Two people or a household can meet outdoors for a maximum of two hours for social interaction, exercise or recreation within 5km of their home.
    • Q: What is a “public outdoor place”? Does this mean I can have people over for a barbeque?

A: A public outdoor place is a park or garden, outside of the home.  You can only have someone over for a barbeque if they are in your ‘single social bubble’. A picnic in the park with physical distancing would also be allowed social interaction.

    • Q: Do I have to wear a face covering when visiting my nominated single person in my bubble?

A: If you are meeting up outside of the home, you will have to wear a face covering.  When visiting someone in your ‘single social bubble’ inside the home you must also wear a face covering, unless you have an exemption that applies.

    • Q : Is there a limit on the number of people I can see outdoors?

A: You can only catch up with one person or [all of] your household members outdoors at a time. You should use common sense and limit seeing friends and family. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors which is why restrictions are changing to allow people to see a friend or family member outdoors. There is a limit on the amount of time you can spend with people outdoors. You can only spend two hours, which can be broken up into a maximum of two sessions. You can only travel within 5km of your home to catch up with friends or family outdoors.

    • Q: Will I be able to exercise with more than one person from my household?
      Yes, you will be able to exercise with your household for up to two hours, which can be split into a maximum of two sessions.
    • Q: Will I be able to exercise more than once a day? Can I go a run in the morning and a walk in the evening?

A: Yes, you can exercise more than once a day as long as you keep the total time to two hours and you split it into a maximum of two sessions.  So, if your run in the morning is half an hour, your walk in the evening could be 1.5 hours.

    • Q: Are playgrounds open?
      A: Yes. Outdoor playgrounds are open.  Physical distancing limits will apply in playgrounds and you are asked to keep at least 1.5 metres apart from others. Skate parks and other recreational sporting facilities will remain closed.
    • Q: When will we move to the next step?
      A: The goal during this step is to contain widespread transmission of the virus and to get to very low community transmission.  This means from 28 September reaching an average of 30-50 cases per day over a 14-day period and subject to advice from our public health officials.
  • the evening curfew has moved to 9pm
  • Professional respite care for people with complex needs is allowed.

Industry restriction levels: Metro Melbourne

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Regional Victorians will be taking the second step from 11:59pm 13 September 2020. Regional Victoria has a specific Reopening Roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community.

Key points

  • Only leave home for 4 reasons: school or work (if these can not be done from home), care or caregiving, to purchase essentials, exercise
  • Public gatherings: up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors for social interaction (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)
  • Visitors to the home: “Single person bubble” 1 nominated visitor if living alone/single parent (all children under 18)
  • Childcare is open to all children
  • Schools return to onsite learning from Term 4 with safety measures
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation allowed
  • Restaurants and cafes open for takeaway and delivery only
  • Retail: open, with density and other restrictions, hairdressing open

Exercise and recreation

  • outdoor exercise and recreation allowed
  • duration – no time or frequency limit
  • outdoor pools and outdoor playgrounds open

Entertainment, leisure and travel

  • travel within Victoria – not allowed, unless for a permitted purpose
  • entertainment – all venues closed
  • accommodation and camping – closed, except for emergency or permitted purposes.

Industry restriction levels: Regional Victoria

This page provides all the relevant regional Victoria industry restriction information under the same headings as for Metro Melbourne.








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