Opening up and staying open: new freedoms for the festive season

SOCIAL distancing restrictions were eased last Friday, with Premier Daniel Andrews announcing, “We’re opening the place up and we’re going to keep it open.”

Fully vaccinated Victorians can enjoy a range of new freedoms they have been missing over the last 18 months, like dining out, going to nightclubs and events, visiting the cinema, tourism venues and casinos once again.

Density caps for hospitality and retail venues have also been scrapped, which means large crowds for major events happening over the summer.

There are also no limits on the number of people who can gather in your home or in public places, meaning that you can celebrate Christmas with as many of your loved ones as you can fit around the table.

Under the new statewide settings, masks are required indoors only in limited settings, including retail, health care, aged care, justice facilities, primary schools, public transport or when travelling in a taxi. If you are unable to social distance or if you have any cold symptoms, please be sensible and wear a mask.

These new freedoms are great news for business owners in Greater Shepparton who have pivoted for months in order to keep doors open for the much-anticipated Christmas period.