The area reached a 14-day average of 3.6 coronavirus cases with no mystery cases on Tuesday. As a result, an easing of restrictions will apply from 11.59pm on Wednesday, 16 September.
Premier Daniel Andrews hinted last week that regional Victoria would potentially enter step 3 of the reopening roadmap ahead of schedule.
As a result, the numbers for weddings and funerals will increase, and religious gatherings can happen outdoors with up to 10 people.
Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue with an updated “2 square metre” density limit.
Indoors, venues will be allowed to open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space — with up to two spaces per venue — and in line with the existing “4 square metre” density rule.
Tables in those venues are required to be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart and cleaned after every customer, and the details of all patrons must be kept.
In addition, beauty and personal care services will also be available with a face covering. Regional beauty parlours were originally scheduled to remain shut until late November before Mr Andrews announced it would change that restriction last Saturday.
Outdoor events such a play in the park or an open-air cinema can take place in accordance with other restrictions.
Regional real estate agents will also be able to hold auctions outdoors with up to 10 people, while travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria.
As part of the reopening roadmap, all businesses across Victoria will be required to have a COVIDSafe plan, which will be enforceable from 28 September.
However, Premier Dan Andrews reminded Victorians to continue following the rules even as they change.
“I know sometimes that’s tedious. It’s frustrating. It’s boring. I promise, I’m right there with you. But we shouldn’t lose sight that the rules are there to keep us safe — and keep us on track for opening,” Mr Andrews said.
“That’s why I’m urging Melburnians, please — don’t try to travel into regional communities unless it’s for one of those permitted reasons.”