Resident update - Friday 17 September
Yesterday the Victorian government announced an easing of the current COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne after the state reached a key milestone: 70 per cent of eligible people have now received at least one vaccine dose.
The main changes, which come into effect from 11.59pm today, are:
• The 5km restriction on travel from your home will be extended to 10km.
• Groups of up to five people from no more than two households can socialise outdoors if they are fully vaccinated. For unvaccinated people, or people who have had only one dose of a vaccine, this number is capped at two people.
• The time limit on exercise or outdoor socialising will increase from two hours per day to four hours.
While these changes are relatively modest, I hope the extra freedoms bring some relief after what has been a long time in lockdown.
It’s incredibly encouraging that the 70 percent first-dose target was reached almost a week ahead of what was originally forecast, and bodes well for the further easing of restrictions as more and more people get vaccinated.
In the meantime, I encourage you to continue taking every precaution to help slow the spread of the virus, including wearing a mask, practising good hand hygiene and keeping a safe distance from others wherever possible.
Victorian Operations Manager
We know you’ve probably seen this before, but a reminder that the symptoms to watch out for include:
• a cough
• a high temperature (at least 37.5˚C)
• shortness of breath
• a sore throat
• sneezing and runny nose
• temporary loss of smell
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