Tourism, sport and recreation businesses to crank up from Monday

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SEASON LOOMS: The snow season is set to open on June 22, providing transmission rates of COVID-19 across Victoria remain in check and high test rates continue. It’s just one of the new scheduled restriction changes announced yesterday. PHOTO: Chris Hocking

OVERNIGHT stays can resume from this Sunday, a saviour for accommodation based businesses that have had none or little income during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a range of restriction changes on Sunday that will also allow people to have 20 people (including occupants) in their home at one time from 11.59pm Sunday, May 31 and outdoor gatherings can also increase to 20.

Campgrounds and caravan parks will be able to reopen from next Monday, however, those with communal kitchens and toilet facilities will not.

Skiers and snowboarders will have to wait until June 22 to get their first taste of the snow season, pending a low transmission rate and continued state coronavirus testing.

Swimming pools will open effectively from next Monday with limits of 20 people and additional safety requirements in place.

Community sporting activities will be permitted with up to 20 people in undivided spaces, provided the sport is outdoors, noncompetition, non-contact, and people are able to play 1.5 metres apart.

Restrictions on professional sport will remain unchanged.

Beauty and personal care services like nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours will be able to open with up to 20 customers per space – with customer contact details required to be kept. Limits on our most significant ceremonies will be lifted, with up to 20 people allowed at weddings – plus the celebrant and couple – and up to 50 people allowed at a funeral, in addition to those required to conduct the ceremony.

Up to 20 will be allowed at other religious ceremonies, in addition to those required to perform the service.

Libraries, youth centres and other community facilities will be able to open with no more than 20 people in a single area, plus those needed to operate the space.

That means men’s sheds and arts and crafts classes can resume. Entertainment and cultural venues like galleries, museums, drive-in cinemas and historic sites will be able to open their doors, alongside zoos and outdoor amusement parks.

Physical distancing and a limit of up to 20 patrons per space will apply, and indoor venues will be required to keep customer contact details.

Auctions and open for inspections will also be subject to the 20-person limit – plus those required to conduct the activity – with agents also required to keep the contact details of everyone who attends.

Non-food and drink market stalls will also be able to open from 11.59pm this Sunday.

If community transmission rates continue to remain low and testing rates continue to remain high, Mr Andrews said they will look to further relax restrictions from June 22.

From that date, indoor fitness and recreation facilities will open with up to 20 people per space and up to 10 people per group or activity at any one time.

Up to 50 people will be permitted in restaurants, cafes, galleries, museums and for the first time, cinemas and theatres.

And for those eager to hit the slopes, the ski season will open slightly later this year on 22 June.

“One of our most important messages to Victorians is this: if you are working from home, you must keep working from home – at least until the end of June,” Mr Andrews said.

“We just can’t afford to have millions of people moving around our state – taking public transport or using the communal kitchen.

“Let alone when you think about the logistical challenges of getting people in and out of lifts or lobbies.”

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