Following a fortnight of active engagement with relevant government departments, it was pleasing for our sector to receive confirmation that accommodation businesses can reopen from 11.59 pm Sunday, November 8.
There is no limit on the number of accommodation bookings a hotel can take, however bookings must be from:
- Only a single household or intimate partners, or
- Only members of a single household, plus two adults (from any household), including any children or dependants, and
- Separately booked groups must not share bedrooms.
These changes were accompanied by an announcement from Premier Andrews that Visit Victoria would also launch a “Stay Close, Go Further” regional tourism campaign – “a new drive campaign designed to help rebuild Victoria’s visitor economy by promoting visitation and expenditure within the state.”
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Other restrictions of note that were eased yesterday included:
- The ‘Ring of Steel’ that separates Melbourne from Regional Victoria will be removed;
- The 25km travel restriction no longer applies;
- Dining limits in hospitality venues will increase to 40 people inside and 70 people outside;
- Gyms will be able to accommodate 20 people per venue and 10 people per space;
- Indoor pools will be able to open and accommodate 20 people;
- Indoor wedding capacities will remain at 10 pax;
- Mask wearing rules will remain in place;
- If individuals can work from home, they must continue to do so;
- Victoria’s State of Disaster legislation will not be renewed, given it is now not required, and
- Victoria’s State of Emergency will be extended until December 6th.
The Premier announced that trading and movement restrictions will likely be relaxed even further, from midnight on 22 November, when foreshadowing the following is likely:
- Accommodation facilities can welcome 10 pax from any number of families, per booking;
- Indoor patron cap for hospitality venues rises to 100 pax, one person per four square metres;
- Outdoor patron cap for same rises to 200 pax, one person per two square metres;
- Gyms able to accommodate up to 100 pax, 20 pax per group.
- Indoor pools, cap rises to 50 pax;
- Outdoor pools – no cap, but one person per four square metre density limits apply, and
- Private in-home gatherings increase to allow up to 10 visitors.
Mr Andrews made these annoucements referencing that Victorian’s had all played their part in “an impressive and unique achievement in Australia, that is also of international significance” – being our success in transitioning from a high of 723 cases a day, to now nine consecutive days of zero cases.
Victoria’s rolling 14-day averages now stand at 0.4 for Melbourne and 0 for regional Victoria.
TAA (Vic) wishes all members the best of fortune as they progressively reopen their hospitality businesses. We are certain you and your teams will quickly get back to providing the consistently high standards of product and service delivery that all Victorian hotels are renowned for.