Cafes and pubs are set to re-open with limits from midnight tomorrow night.
There will be 20 people permitted to be seated inside with a maximum of 10 people per space.
Outside, 50 people will be allowed with one person per two square metres.
There will be no more restrictions on the need to leave home.
However, the 25km travel limit and the border between regional Victoria and Greater Melbourne will stay in place.
All retail will be allowed to re-open, but will be required to remain COVID-safe, with beauty, personal and tattooing business employees required to wear a mask.
Employees are allowed to attend work now in a “dark opening” to prepare for a re-opening from midnight tomorrow.
Outdoor community sport for under-18s and outdoor non-contact sport for adults will recommence as well.
Other outdoor gatherings remain limited to 10, with infants under 12 months old not counted to the maximum. The two-household limit will also be revoked.
People of faith will also be able to gather again, albeit in small congregations.
Indoors, 10 people and a faith leader will be permitted, compared to 20 people and a faith leader outdoors.
Likewise, wedding limits will increase to 10 and funerals to 20.
‘People let their guard down’
Mr Andrews warned that home visits would still need to be treated with caution and care, as he claimed many of Victoria’s recent coronavirus breakouts had come from peoples’ homes.
“People let their guard down. People are really happy to see each other. It is not formal, it is not like going to a cafe or going to a restaurant where someone is serving you, where you are sitting a certain distance away,” he said.
“There are only so many tables in the restaurant. The place is all cleaned to industrial standards.
“We will have rules tomorrow that will allow people to reconnect with those that they have missed the most. But if you want to go beyond those rules you want to go beyond those rules you will need to do it outside, and we don’t think that is an unreasonable thing because outside is 20 times safer than inside.”
Mr Andrews also signalled the next step out of lockdown, with the 25km travel limit and the border between Melbourne and regional Victoria to be lifted on November 8.
Other number limits on gatherings, pub limits, weddings and funerals will also be increased in line with regional Victoria.
Mr Andrews admitted that this date could change, if large numbers of new COVID-19 cases were seen between now and then.
“It doesn’t have to be zero (cases) between now and November 8,” he said.
“That is not the strategy we are after.”
And he said that people who could still work from home, needed to still work from home – offering no firm projection for a return to office work.
Masks are also to stay a feature of outdoor life in the state.
“Masks are incredibly important,” Mr Andrews said.
“Difficult, you know, not particularly pleasant, but for a very low cost we get potentially a very low cost we get potentially a very high benefit and that’s why we will persist with those for a while. We are not sure how long.”
Tensions boiling in Victoria
Residents have endured months of lockdown, with tensions erupting into a violent protest last Friday.
There had been repeated calls for Mr Andrews to re-open the state, with even Prime Minister Scott Morrison weighing in.
Mr Andrews said today he was proud of Victorians remaining “united” during a very tough period.
But he warned that people seeking to “find loopholes” and “bend the rules” could see the state plunge back into lockdown.
“Until a vaccine comes, there is no normal. There is only COVID normal,” he said.
“So much has been given to build this precious thing and all of us need to make sure that we honour it and value it and protect it in all the choices that we make every single day.
“I could not be prouder than I am today to lead a state that has shown the courage, the compassion and the character to get this job done, but it is not yet absolutely finished.”
Is a third lockdown possible?
Mr Andrews did not say what circumstances might trigger a much-feared third lockdown for Victoria.
He said the state’s “targeted approach” would hopefully eliminate the need for broad lockdowns, and that today was a day to be proud of.
“It’s always going to be fragile until a vaccine comes,” he said.
He urged Victorians to be “vigilant and smart”.
Opening as of Tuesday, October 27 at 11.59pm
- All retail
- Restaurants, café, hotel and bars reopen
- Indoor max of 20 people seated, 10 people per space
- Outdoor 50 people, 1 person per 2 square metre
- Beauty, tattoos and personal services open – must wear a mask
- Outdoor Community sport for U18 returning
- Outdoor non-contact sport for adults returning
Travel changes, October 27 at 11.59pm
- Four reasons to leave home removed
- 25km limit remains
- Regional and metro border remains
At your home, October 27 at 11.59pm
- Outdoor gathering max of 10 people – infants under 12 months not included
- More than two households but can’t exceed 10 people.
- Weddings 10 people
- Funerals 20 people
Religious gatherings, October 27 at 11.59pm
- Indoor 10 people + 1 faith leader
- Outdoor 20 people + 1 faith leader
From 11.59pm, Sunday November 8
- 25 km travel limit
- Metropolitan Melbourne/Regional border
And then align with settings that will be in place in regional Victoria:
- Maximum of 20 people
- Maximum of 10 people per space
- Density of one person per 8 sqm
Restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, clubs
- Indoor: maximum of 40 people with 10 people per space
- Outdoor: maximum of 70 people with one person per 2 sqm
- Outdoors: maximum of 50 people plus one faith leader
- Indoors: maximum of 20 people, plus one faith leader
- Indoors: maximum of 20 mourners
- Outdoors: maximum of 50 mourners
- Non-contact sport for aged 18 years and under
- Sports capable of 1.5 metre distancing
- Indoor pools
- Maximum of 20 people, open for all ages