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Here's How You Can Measure What Is 25 Kilometres From Your Home

New restrictions limit grocery shopping and outdoor recreation to within 25 kilometres of home for metropolitan Melburnians.
By Libby Curran
October 19, 2020
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Here's How You Can Measure What Is 25 Kilometres From Your Home

New restrictions limit grocery shopping and outdoor recreation to within 25 kilometres of home for metropolitan Melburnians.
By Libby Curran
October 19, 2020
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Since Sunday, August 2, Melburnians have only been allowed to shop and exercise within five kilometres of their home. A whole 78 days, for those counting along. At midnight last night, Sunday, October 18, that bubble was, thankfully, extended.

People living in metro Melbourne can now travel up to 25 kilometres for outdoor recreation and shopping — but you cannot enter regional Victoria — and you no longer need to adhere to the two-hour time limit. So, if you've been hankering to go on a four-hour run or have a lengthy picnic sessions, you can.

Those picnics can also get a little bigger, too, without outdoor gatherings of up to ten people (instead of five) from a maximum of two different households allowed.

These rules are set to stay in place until Sunday, November 1 — which means you have 14 days to get acquainted with the 25 kilometres of shops and parks near your home.

There are a few easy ways to check out your household's government-approved travel radius, but none have proved quite as popular as KM From Home — a website that originally launched in Ireland back in March, when that country introduced its own travel restrictions.

Melburnians jumped on board in August, too, with creator Dave Bolger tweeting that over 225,000 Aussies had checked the site in 24 hours. The online map is free and easy to use — simply centre it to your address, select a 25-kilometre radius and you'll see a big red or blue bubble encompassing the zone you're free to travel in under the Victorian Government's new rules.

You'll find other radius apps out there as well, including the likes of Travel Time, Map Developers and the Victorian Government has its own tool.

Alternatively, if you've got a Garmin watch, you can download this range warning and it'll alert you when you're closing in on a certain distance from your run's starting point.

Want to check a specific cafe or shopping centre to see if it falls in your 25-kilometre zone? There's a function on the Google Maps app that allows you to measure a distance as the crow flies. Simply touch and hold the location on the map until the red pin appears, then scroll down and click 'measure distance' below the venue's details. That'll tell you how exactly how far the address is from your starting point.

Victoria's latest round of eased restrictions came into effect at 11.59pm on Sunday, October 18. You can find out more over here.

For more information about the status of COVID-19 in Victoria, head to the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Top image: Km From Home

Published on October 19, 2020 by Libby Curran

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