Like most things in 2020, New Years Eve celebrations in Victoria are going to look radically different from previous years.
And after Victoria registered another six COVID-19 cases within 24 to 10 hours. Big changes to the number of people you can have at home were announced on Thursday at 30 p.m..
There will be no official fireworks in Melbourne in the New Year. Photo credit: Craig Sillitoe
With no fireworks over Melbourne CBD or density restrictions on venues, you need to plan a New Year’s Eve that goes smoothly. Here’s what you need to know.
If you want to throw a party, you need to keep your guest list exclusive this year. According to changes that go into effect on Thursday at 5 p.m., Victorians are allowed to bring a maximum of 15 visitors to their home per meeting.
The Age is still trying to confirm whether Victorians can only have a maximum of 15 people in their homes in a full day.
Front and back yards are considered part of the house, so barbecuing with 30 of your closest friends in the back is out of the question. However, there is no limit to the number of households that 15 people can come from, and infants under one year old are not included in the visitor limit.
The form rules have also been changed. Victorians now always have to wear a mask at home, even with other people, except when eating and drinking.
Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan said Thursday it was « a widespread and difficult virus, and it won’t end at midnight ». .
« We apologize to people who made plans and looked forward to events in their home or at other people’s homes. However, this is a necessary step, due to the advice we have received. » She said.
« If you plan to leave your home, we ask people to bring their masks with them. We are now asking them to wear a mask when they are in a place in the house that is not their private home. «
For Victorian restaurants, pubs and clubs, density limits of two square meters per person still apply. However, there are no limits to customers depending on the size of the venue.
You can go out and have fun but may need to book in advance. Photo credit: Luis Enrique Ascui
Venues must keep a record of who visits them, whether electronically or with pen and paper. So, log in and out of every place you visit on New Year’s Eve.
Entertaining entertainment venues such as cinemas can have up to 75 percent of the fixed seating capacity with a maximum user limit of 1000 people.
The density limits that apply to restaurants also apply to seating in the foyer and in the bathrooms.
Remember that starting Thursday at 5:00 p.m., you must wear your mask inside, except when you are eating or drinking.
Health Secretary Martin Foley said police will be in place Thursday night making sure the venues are up to the rules.
« Victoria Police will be on the way to make sure the public venues are safe, and I urge all Victorians to celebrate a COVID-safe New Year’s Eve and a COVID-safe summer so that we can keep up with the awesome work we’ve done, « he said.
And don’t forget to bring a mask – it will still be needed on Victoria public transportation, ridesharing, and other situations where you can’t keep social distance.
If you want to catch up in any of Melbourne’s public parks, up to 100 people can meet in an outdoor public space under current COVID-19 rules.
Don’t forget to wash your hands regularly, cough and sneeze into your elbows and get tested and stay home if you have even mild cold symptoms.
The annual fireworks display in the city has been canceled. Mayor Sally Capp said the decision was an attempt to manage the crowd and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.
Mayor Sally Capp announces the city of Melbourne’s plans for New Years Eve last month. Photo credit: Chris Hopkins
« Fireworks are fun, but we just couldn’t risk it, up to 400 this year. 000 to the city, « said Cr Capp.
« We found a way to safely ring in the New Year so you don’t have to spend the night on the couch to take away. «
The City of Melbourne is hosting a two-day outdoor dining festival to make up for the loss of the fireworks. The CBD is divided into 11 districts where traffic is blocked and guests flock to streets and alleys on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s.
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Ashleigh McMillan is a breaking news reporter for The Age. Do you have a story Send me an email at a. mcmillan @ theage. com. au
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