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Ryman Healthcare COVID-19 update 27 October 2020

Written by Ryman Healthcare
on October 27, 2020

After a few long, challenging months, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews this week announced the easing of many of the restrictions that have underpinned Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown.

The changes come on the back of two consecutive days this week where the state recorded no new cases of the virus.

I’m sure you’re as relieved as I am that all Melburnians will have greater freedom to go about our daily lives.

The key changes, which will come into effect at 11.59pm tonight (Tuesday) are:

  • Melbourne moves from a “stay at home” to a “stay safe” footing, meaning there will no longer be any restrictions on people leaving their homes. The 25km travel limit remains in place and masks are still mandatory when you leave home.
  • Up to two adults and their dependents can visit another person’s home within 25km of their own home once per day. Only one group of visitors is allowed in your home each day. If you’ve received visitors, you cannot then visit someone else on the same day. Visitors to the village will go through screening and wear a mask for the duration of their visit.
  • All retail will re-open.
  • The restriction on travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will remain in place until 11.59pm on November 8.
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants can re-open with 50 people outdoors and 20 people indoors. The cafes and village centres at Weary Dunlop and Nellie Melba will reopen with restrictions on numbers. Groups of up to 10 people will be allowed to gather, 1.5 metres away from other groups. There is a density requirement of 1 person per 4m2. Outdoors, there is a cap of 50 people, 2m apart, wearing face masks. The density requirement is 1 person per 2m2.
  • Food courts can open, with an indoor seating maximum of two people per table.
  • Beauty services – where people can wear a mask – can reopen. We will recommence offering beauty therapy at the villages. The beautician will be tested for COVID-19 before starting.
  • Libraries and community venues can reopen for outdoor events. This means the Weary Dunlop and Nellie Melba libraries will remain shut for now.
  • Outdoor gatherings in public places will still have a cap of 10 people, although they can be from more than two households. Our villages outdoor spaces are for the private use of residents at this stage.
  • Weddings can have up to 10 people, while funerals can have up to 20 people.
  • A maximum of 10 people, plus a faith leader, will be able to gather to worship. We will open the reflection rooms at the villages with group limits based on the size of the space.
  • Outdoor community sport for under-18s, and outdoor non-contact sport for adults will restart. The Weary Dunlop and Nellie Melba bowling greens will be open to a maximum of 10 people, with 1.5m social distancing and space limits in place.
  • Outdoor personal training and physical education will be allowed among a household, or in groups of up to 10 people, plus instructors. Outdoor Triple A will incorporate the 10-person limit outdoors.


The Premier foreshadowed a further easing of restrictions on November 8 if COVID-19 case numbers remain low.

These changes will allow us even more freedom to enjoy village life, so we’ll let you know what that will look like once they’re confirmed.

In the meantime, let’s all pat ourselves on the back for getting to where we are today. Driving the number of COVID-19 cases down has taken a huge amount of effort and sacrifice from each and every one of us.

While we’re not out of the woods yet, I want to thank you for everything you have done to help keep everyone in your village community safe from the virus.


Stay safe,

Paul Sutton

Victorian Operations Manager

For queries contact 1800 288 299 or email residentsupport@rymanhealthcare.com

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