20 Oct 2020 | Business Victoria (Information as distributed – State Government of Victoria 20/10/2020) From Sunday 11:59pm on 18 October 2020 changes are being made to restrictions in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. In metropolitan Melbourne, these changes will see thousands more Victorians get back to work – particularly those who work outside. That includes tradespeople undertaking outdoor maintenance and repair work, mobile pet groomers and outdoor photographers. Outdoor real estate auctions will also be able to take place with up to 10 people (plus required staff), and hairdressers will be able to reopen with strict safety protocols in place. In regional Victoria, more people will be allowed in restaurants and cafes. You can have up to 70 people outdoors (1 person per 2 square metres) and up to 10 people per indoor space (1 person per 4 square metres) with a maximum of 40 people per venue indoors. Indoor spaces must be separated by permanent structures (should reach floor to ceiling or be at least 2.1 metres high) or be a discrete area of the premises. Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne must continue to ensure that people do not eat-in. Looking ahead, metropolitan Melbourne is scheduled to take the rest of the Third Step on our roadmap for reopening at 11.59pm on Sunday 1 November, subject to advice of the Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. This is a timeline that is based on the current advice of our public health team. The Third Step will be a significant milestone for Victorian businesses that will see retail, hospitality and personal care services open again. For more information on Victoria’s roadmap for reopening, industry restriction levels and our path out of restrictions and into COVID Normal, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.