Daylesford has been incredibly busy over the past three weeks. Booking agencies are reporting a high level of demand. There have been many day visitors. This has been great for business and employment.

But with reduced restrictions and more visitors comes greater risk of infection. Victoria has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases over the past week. A number of the transmissions have resulted from people not following social distancing, hygiene and isolation rules.

As a result the Premier, Dan Andrews, has announced that some restrictions will be reimposed and some that were to be lifted will be delayed. He was concerned that as we have seen across the world, this virus has the ability to turn a few cases into hundreds in a matter of days. That’s why he argued for the  need to delay an increase to gathering limits in businesses and community facilities.

  • From 11.59 on Sunday, the number of visitors you can have at your home will reduce to five. Outside the home, families and friends can meet in groups up to ten.
  • Restaurants, pubs, auction halls, community halls, libraries, museums and places of worship – will all stay at a maximum of 20 people in any one space until 12 July.
  • Businesses that were set to open on Monday like gyms, cinemas, theatres and TABs can do so – but again, only with a maximum of 20.

These changes will allow the government to monitor progress in managing infections before making further decisions.

The Premiers media statement here.