Monday 25 May 2020

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a new stage of restriction easings as of 1 June 2020. This will allow neighbourhood houses to reopen to the general public with a number of conditions in place.

What we know:

  • Neighbourhood houses can reopen with no more than 20 people allowed in each separate space at any one time, subject to the four squared metre rule. This 20 person rule excludes those required to operate the facility.
  • Physical distancing of 1.5 meters between people must be practised at all times.
  • Activities which can recommence include arts and crafts, knitting, as well as Men's Sheds.
  • Indoor exercise activities such as yoga or pilates remain not permitted. For outdoor activities, including walking groups, participants can increase from 10 to 20.
  • If your organisation runs a cafe, this can resume in line with guidance given to cafes and restaurants.

While neighbourhood houses have been closed to the general public since Thursday 26 March, 92 per cent of them have continued to operate in other ways including the delivery of essential services such as food relief and childcare, and keeping community connection alive through digital methods.

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is very pleased by this announcement because we know many people in our communities are craving that in-person community connection which neighbourhood houses provide so uniquely and inclusively.

However, as houses do start to reopen, we stress that coronavirus still exists in the Victorian community and now is not the time to become complacent. Everyone must continue practicing good hygiene, social distancing and applying common sense to all activities.

The health and safety of staff, volunteers and participants remains paramount.

For more information on the easing of these restrictions, visit the DHHS website.