Melbourne’s Hospitality Industry to reset from 11.59 pm on 1 November

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has revealed much anticipated ‘Third Step’ easing of restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and the further relaxation of these measures in regional Victoria. 

Metropolitan Melbourne 

Announcements made by the Premier reveal that the hospitality industry will be allowed to reopen cafés and restaurants for trade from 11.59pm on Sunday 1 November, with caps of 20 people indoors (up to two groups of 10 pax) and 50 people outdoors, subject to social distancing and density quotient requirements.   

Outdoor seated venues will also be able to open for a maximum of 50 people, with 10 people able to attend a wedding and 20 people allowed at a funeral. 


  • Open, but each group booking is restricted to: 
  • Only members of a single household; or 
  • Only intimate partners;
  • Only members of a single household and two others (plus dependents that cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting); and 
  • Cannot stay with people living in a restricted area; and 
  • Members of separately booked groups do not share bedrooms at the facility.

Mr Andrews has committed to reassessing COVID-19 case and infection trends next Sunday (25th October), with the possibility these easing of restrictions will be bought forward, to instead commence from 11.59pm on that day. Considerations at this time will include the number of mystery cases, the number of people infectious people have come into contact with and how contained the virus is. The Premier reiterating that these announcements will only be made when safe to do so, while ensuring that all hard won achievements are not undermined.  

Timing of these announcements means that Victorian’s will not be able to host parties and gatherings for next weekend’s Grand Final festivities, outside those for those in their household. 

Only permitted workers can go to work, with work permits still required. The Premier reinforcing that if people can continue to work from home they must. 

Other lifestyle freedoms announced from 11.59 pm Sunday, October 18 include: 

  • No time limits on leaving home for exercise. 
  • The 5km ‘travel restriction’ rule is expanded to 25km. 
  • Outdoor pools can cater for 30 swimmers (up from 20 pax).
  • Non-essential home maintenance can recommence. 
  • Tennis, skate parks, golf and hairdressers can reopen. 
  • All allied health services can recommence.   
  • Pet grooming services can reopen. 
  • Indoor one on one hydrotherapy services can operate.   
  • Up to 10 pax from two households can meet outdoors. 
  • Melbourne residents will be able to travel to properties they might own in regional Victoria, to prepare their houses for the forthcoming fire season. They will require a permit to do so, and will need to consul the relevant Council to obtain this (Melbourne rules ‘follow them’ when travelling to regional Victoria). 

From 11.59pm on 1 November, additional ‘lifestyle freedoms will include: 

  • The ‘four reasons’ to leave home will be removed. 
  • Up to two adults and any dependent children can visit another household, once per day.  
  • Retail will open.  
  • Beauty services will reopen.  

Regional Victoria 

From 11.59pm Sunday, 18 October, the following conditions apply: 

  • Hospitality venues will be able to increase patron capacity limits to 40 people inside and 70 outside, subject to social distancing and density quotient requirements.  
  • Up to two adults and any dependent children can visit another household, once per day.  
  • Indoor pools can open for a maximum of 20 swimmers. 
  • Religious gatherings can recommence, for up to 20 pax. 

From 11.59pm on 1 November..

  • Non-contact indoor sports can recommence. 
  • Indoor classes (e.g. dance classes) can reopen for up to 20 pax (under 18 years of age). 

These announcements come as just two new virus cases were identified on Sunday, following Saturday’s one case. No deaths have been reported, over the weekend. Melbourne’s rolling 14-day case average has fallen to 7.5 cases, with 0.5 cases for regional Victoria. 

The Premier has again praised Victorian’s for doing an amazing job, when playing their part to get virus numbers low, expressing confidence that these achievements will mean all Victorian’s are well placed to enjoy a COVIDSafe summer and a COVID Normal 2021. 

Further information will be provided to members, as it comes to hand. 

Related material: 

Premier’s Press Release

Detail of changes for Metropolitan Melbourne 

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