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Step one: Came into effect on September 14 

Step two: Came into effect on September 28 

Step three: When there is a daily statewide average of five new cases over the past 14 days. The original aim was for October 26, brought forward to October 19 after the 14-day average of new cases fell below initial expectations, but again put on hold after new case numbers plateaued.

This has now been revamped to be a series of 'mini-steps' and more gradual easings as the numbers proved difficult to shift.

Step four: The move to step four will come when there have been no new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on November 23 

COVID Normal: After 28 days of no new COVID-19 cases, things will return to normal. 

FREEDOMS YOU GET AT EACH STEP OF EASING 

Step one - came into effect September 14 

- Curfew has been eased to 9pm-5am

- People can still only leave home for the four reasons (shopping, exercise, work and care or medical attention)

- Public gatherings increased to two people, or a household, for a maximum of two hours

- Singles can have one nominated person to their home as part of the 'singles social bubble' 

- Childcare and early educators to remain closed

- Schools will continue to learn remotely unless they have exemptions

- Adult education to continue to be done remotely, unless they have exemption

- Only go to work if you are in a permitted industry 

- Cafes and restaurants will continue with take away only

- Retail businesses will remain open for essential shopping, with others only operating with click and collect

- Only one person per household can do the essential shopping 

Step two - came into effect September 28

- Melbourne's curfew lifted

- Public gatherings increase again to five people from a maximum of two households

- Childcare and early educators can re-open

- Schools to continue with remote learning, but Prep to Grade Two and Year 11 and Year 12 students will gradually return to class in Term 4 

- There will be an increase to permitted workplaces

Step three - originally expected October 26, brought forward to October 19 

- There are no restrictions on leaving home

- Public gatherings increase to 10 people together outdoors

- A 'household bubble' will be introduced, so five people from one house can visit another 

- Remote learning to continue, but Grades 3 to Year 11 can gradually return to class

- Adult education to continue to be done remotely, but hands on classes will see a phased return to onsite 

- Work from home is encouraged

- Up to 10 people can eat together at restaurants and cafes, with the majority of tables outdoor

- Retail shops to reopen, with hairdresses operating under safety measures but beauty stores to remain closed

- Real estate agents can conduct private inspections by appointment

- The one person per household limit on shopping is to be revoked 

Step four - expected in November, dependent on new case numbers:

- Public gatherings to increase to 50 people outdoors

- Up to 20 visitors can attend a home at any one time

- All adult education will return to onsite with safety measures in place

- Groups limited to 20 indoors and a maximum of 50 patrons per venue

- All retail stores to reopen, while real estate agents can operate with safety measures and by keeping a record of attendants

Step five - COVID normal:

- Public gatherings have no restriction

- There will also be no restriction on visitors to homes

- Phased return to onsite work for work from home workers

 - Schools to reopen as normal

- Restrictions on hospitality removed, but venues to continue keeping records 

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