Masks to go for hospitality, Premier announces loosened restrictions

Victorians will no longer need to wear masks in cafes and restaurants, and outdoor public gatherings can move to 100 people from midnight tonight as part of a swathe of loosened COVID-19 restrictions being announced by Premier Daniel Andrews.

As of midnight Sunday, masks will only be required on public transport, in rideshares or taxis, some retail settings such as indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.

Private gatherings within homes will now be able to be 30 people in size, up from 15.

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Outdoor gatherings in parks and at beaches have increased to 100 people.

Density limits in hospitality venues will shift to one person per two square metres for both indoors and outdoors. QR codes for contact tracing purposes will now be mandatory.

Private employers will be able to move to 50 per cent of employee capacity in offices from Monday January 11.

The new restrictions will be in place until at least the end of January, the Premier said.

The restrictions come on Victoria's 37th consecutive day of no new coronavirus cases.

More to come.

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