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Victoria Covid lockdown restrictions: latest update to Melbourne and regional Vic coronavirus rules explained

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<span>Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Victoria announced the end of its fifth lockdown on Tuesday 27 July. While the stay-at-home orders are to be lifted from midnight, restrictions on visitors to your home remain in place.

Here’s what we know about the changes.

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When can I leave my house?

After Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced the state’s latest lockdown would be lifted, the restrictions on leaving your home will be lifted from midnight on 27 July.

How far can I travel from home?

Travel restrictions will be lifted from midnight on 27 July.

What are the rules for exercise?

The two-hour limit on exercise will be removed from midnight on 27 July. Gyms will re-open, with capacity limits in place. Community sport will also resume.

What are the rules for wearing face masks?

Masks must be worn everywhere except for in your home. This includes both indoor places and outdoor areas – unless you have a medical exemption. This rule applies to all of Victoria. The rule is set to be reviewed in two weeks, on August 10.

Can I have visitors to my house?

Despite lockdown restrictions being lifted, Daniel Andrews said visitors are still not allowed to your home, other than an intimate partner. People who live alone will be able to form a “single bubble” with another person, who can visit you.

Related: Covid border restrictions across Australia: where you can and can’t travel between states – and to New Zealand

Can I travel interstate?

Each state and territory is updating guidance on travel rules individually:

What about public gatherings?

Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people from midnight on 27 July. There will be no crowds at football matches, theatre or other events.

What is happening with schools?

Schools will resume for all age levels from Wednesday 28 July. Childcare centres and kindergartens remained opened throughout the lockdown.

Can I dine in at a restaurant or cafe?

Restaurants, pubs and cafes will be able to resume trade from Wednesday 27 July. Capacity limits will be in place for those venues.

Are the shops open?

Retail will be able to re-open from Wednesday 28 July.

What about weddings, funerals and religious services?

From Wednesday, funerals and wedding will be capped at 50 people. Those limits do not include people considered “intrinsic” to the event.

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