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Tourism a big winner in Victoria’s easing of restrictions

By Brayden May

LIFE in Victoria is starting to look a little more normal, after the state government announced a further easing of restrictions.

From 11.59pm on May 31, you’ll be able to have a total of 20 people in your home, including those who live in the household.

Meanwhile outdoor gatherings can also increase to 20.

And in a big boost to the tourism sector, overnight accommodation will be allowed at private residences, caravan parks and campgrounds.

Although the use of communal facilities like kitchens or bathrooms will not be allowed.

Up to 50 people will now be allowed to attend funerals, while weddings can have up to 20 guests.

Libraries, youth centres and other community facilities will be able to open with no more than 20 people.

Swimming pools will also open with limits of 20 people and additional safety requirements in place.

Community sporting activities will also be permitted with up to 20 people in undivided spaces, provided the sport is outdoors, non-competition, non-contact, and people are able to play 1.5 metres apart.

Beauty and personal care services like nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours will be able to open with up to 20 customers per space – with customer contact details required to be kept.

Auctions and open for inspections will also be subject to the 20-person limit – plus those required to conduct the activity – with agents also required to keep the contact details of everyone who attends.

Non-food and drink market stalls will also be able to open.

The next big changes could come on June 22 if community transmission rates remain low.

From that date, indoor fitness and recreation facilities will open with up to 20 people per space and up to 10 people per group or activity at any one time.

Up to 50 people will be permitted in restaurants, cafes, galleries, museums and for the first time, cinemas and theatres.