COVID restrictions easing

Lockdown will be lifted in parts of regional Victoria from 11.59pm Thursday, 9 September.

09 September 2021

Due to its current outbreak, Greater Shepparton will remain in lockdown at this stage.

There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.

The following Council customer-facing facilities and services will reopen for regular hours from Friday, 10 September, operating under density requirements:

  • Bright Council Office
  • Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford Libraries
  • Alpine (Bright), Myrtleford and Mount Beauty visitor information centres
  • Council-owned and managed halls and community centres
  • Playgrounds, pump and bike jump tracks, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment

The Bright Sports Centre gym and pool and Mount Beauty Sports Centre will remain closed.

Transfer stations in Myrtleford, Mount Beauty and Porepunkah will continue to operate as normal.

Visitors to Council facilities will be required to check in via a QR code.

Restrictions include:

  • The ‘five reasons to leave home’ will be lifted.
  • Early learning centres, kindergartens, childcare and family day care will open
  • Regional schools will reopen for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 students who live in regional Victoria, while remote learning will remain for all other levels.
  • Restaurants and cafés can reopen for seated service with patron caps.
  • Retail, hairdressing, entertainment venues and community facilities will also open in line with density limits and patron caps.
  • Businesses that are open in regional Victoria but closed in Melbourne – such as restaurants for dine-in service or beauty – must check the IDs of everyone they serve.
  • Indoor physical recreation and sport remain closed
  • Face masks will still be mandatory indoors and outdoors.
  • Public gatherings will be allowed for up to ten people.
  • Visitors to the home will not be allowed.
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed, density limits apply.
  • Funerals will be permitted for up to 20 people and weddings will be permitted for up to 10 people, plus those required to conduct the service.
  • Permitted outdoor training only with the minimum number required to train. Spectators are prohibited except one parent permitted to supervise children.

Dinner Plain

Visitors to Dinner Plain or an Alpine resort must be able to display a negative COVID-19 test result in the 72 hours prior to entering the resort.

Full day tobogganing (9am - 4:30pm) will operate at Cobungra Platter from Friday, 10 September.

The shuttle bus service between Hotham and Dinner Plain will return to daily operation to a varied Low Season schedule.

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