Sharing a meal again

Twins Kira and Maverick enjoy a drink at Soulfoods Cafe Officer. 255239_10 Photos: STEWART CHAMBERS

Over a hot drink and cake, families and friends spent the weekend catching up on lost time as restrictions eased on Victoria from Thursday 21 October at 11.59pm.

Cafes and restaurants across Cardinia welcomed indoor and outdoor diners from Friday.

Further restrictions will ease on Friday 29 October at 6pm which will see regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne unite and share the same restrictions, enabling people to travel between Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate.

Masks will remain mandatory indoors but are no longer required outdoors.

Most indoor settings, including restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers will open with no capacity limits subject to one person per four square metres limit, if all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.

Most outdoor settings will remain at one person per two square metres up to 500, where staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.

These indoor and outdoor settings will also apply to weddings, funerals and religious gatherings if all attendees are fully vaccinated.

Capacity limits of 30 people will apply for weddings, funerals and religious gatherings if vaccination status is unknown.

Entertainment venues will reopen.

For indoor seated venues, including cinemas and theatres, there will be a 75 per cent capacity limit and for non-seated indoor entertainment venues there will be a no patron cap.

Outdoor seated and non-seated entertainment venues, including stadiums, zoos and tourism attractions, will be open up to 5,000 where staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.