Limits on shopping, outdoor gatherings and visiting patients in hospitals are among further changes to come into effect for Melbourne residents from 11.59pm tonight.
However, there remains only four reasons to leave your home and that stays in place until Melbourne moves to Step three.
Premier Daniel Andrews said 127,000 Melburnians will be able to return to work as of tonight, while residents will be permitted to meet outside in groups of up to five people from two households.
We've answered all your burning questions about what is and what is not permitted under the new changes.
ALL YOUR STAGE TWO QUESTIONS ANSWERED
What are the new restrictions for Melbourne?
The Metropolitan Melbourne area will enter the second step towards a complete exit from coronavirus restrictions from 11.59pm tonight.
That step means the city's 9pm curfew will be lifted from 5am on Monday, but there will also be new fines in place for unlawful gatherings, with the penalty set to triple from the current $1650 fine to almost $5000.
The second step also means that Melburnians will still only have just four reasons to leave home within a five kilometre radius. Those four reasons are:
- shop for food and necessary goods or services
- provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
- outdoor exercise or recreation
- for permitted work or education
However, more Melburnians will be allowed to return to onsite work, and childcare and school are set to reopen.
Does the five kilometre radius still apply?
The five kilometre radius rule does still apply for Melburnians when leaving their homes.
Does the curfew still apply?
The current 9pm-5am curfew applied to all of Metropolitan Melbourne will be removed entirely from 5am on September 28.
DOWNLOAD HERE: Melbourne's second step - complete list of changes
Can I go back to the office?
Only some Melburnians will be allowed to return to the workplace, depending on whether they are on the permitted industries list.
That list includes: Warehousing, postal and distribution centres, supermarket and food distribution, wholesale business, meat, seafood and poultry processing, construction, real estate, gardening, landscaping and garden maintenance.
Can real estate inspections go ahead?
While real estate employees will be allowed to return to work, property inspections will only be allowed if they are private or online only.
Can I visit my partner in Victoria?
In public, Melburnians will be able to gather with up to five people from a maximum of two households for social interactions, exercise or recreations for a maximum of two hours as long as the gathering is within five kilometres of their home.
For those living alone or single parents, one person can be nominated to form a "single social bubble" that allows them to visit each other so long as both people live in Metropolitan Melbourne.
If the nominated person lives with other people, that interaction can only happen at their home if those other people are not there at the time.
Can I go fishing in Victoria?
Melburnians will be allowed to leave their home for fishing ！ as a recreational activity ！ on their own without a time limit, or within groups of up to five for up to two hours, so long as their destination is within five kilometres of their home.
Can I travel to regional Victoria?
Residents in the Metropolitan Melbourne area will not yet be allowed to travel to Victoria's regional zones.
Can I go to Bunnings in Victoria?
The Victorian Government has said that under step two, only essential retail items can be shopped for on a click-and-collect basis.
Can I travel to Melbourne?
As it stands, Metropolitan Melbourne is still technically under "lockdown" measures, even if restriction are being eased.
That means that Australians from other cities or states will not be allowed in and international travellers will need to quarantine until the measures are relaxed further.
How many people can I have at a wedding?
Weddings will be allowed under Melbourne's step two restrictions ease, but only with up to five people in attendance including the couple and two witnesses plus a celebrant.
Can I visit my family at aged care centre?
Under step two, Victoria's residential aged care facility visitation restrictions will remain the same:
Permitted visitors include parents, guardians or temporary carers of people aged under 18 without duration limits, or those for someone over 18 for emotional and social support with a limit to just one visitor, nominated visitors with a limit of just a single person for an hour per day, or to visit a dying family member.
No contact is required to be made with the facility prior to visiting, but it is advised as visitors also need to obey each location's testing and entry requirements.
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