As I’m sure you’re already aware, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced a significant easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne.
He also announced a further relaxation of restrictions from November 1.
For now, the key changes in force from today you need to be aware of are:
• The 5km travel limit is extended to 25km, but Melburnians cannot cross into regional Victoria unless they have a permitted reason to do so.
• The two-hour limit on outdoor exercise and socialising is removed.
• Up to 10 people from two households may gather in outdoor public places. Weary Dunlop and Nellie Melba are not public places, though, so these gatherings will still have to take place outside the villages’ grounds.
• Limited use of the village bowling green is now allowed within the restrictions around outdoor gatherings. If you want to use the bowling green please visit reception to fill out a booking sheet.
• Hairdressers can reopen with safety protocols in place. We’re currently putting together a booking system for the villages’ salons, which will also accommodate care centre residents, and will let you know in the next couple of days how and when you can make an appointment.
• Allied Health professionals, such as physios and podiatrists, may now resume face-to-face care. They will go through our screening process to ensure they pose no risk, and will wear a mask for the duration of their visit.
Like all Melburnians, I’m sure you’re celebrating the loosening of the COVID-19 reins the Premier has announced, and looking forward to even more freedoms being restored in a couple of weeks.
While it feels like the finish line is in sight, we’re not there yet. We were in a similar place a few months ago and we are all painfully aware of how quickly the situation can unravel if we let down our guard.
We must still all stay at home as much as we can. When we do go out, it’s still mandatory to wear a face mask. We also need to keep practising physical distancing of 1.5m wherever possible and continue washing our hands regularly.
I want to thank you for the effort and sacrifices you’ve made to help get us to where we are today.
It’s been a challenging few months, but our collective efforts have been the key to keeping COVID-19 out of our village communities and protecting our residents and staff from the virus.
If you have any queries about how the new restrictions apply to life at Weary Dunlop and Nellie Melba, please do not hesitate to ask your village team by contacting reception.
Victorian Operations Manager
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