Regional Victoria to move to step three

Which restrictions in Victoria will ease from midnight

"Today's announcement gives us another glimpse into what a COVID-normal environment is likely to look like, with indications that over the warmer months many hospitality businesses will be given the green light to move to outdoor seating. The hard work of all Victorians is paying off", he said.

Real estate auctions will take place again with a limit of 10 people.

Metropolitan Melbourne's 14-day daily case average is now 52.9, down from 54.4 yesterday.

Andrews said the decision was triggered by two key factors: the daily average number of coronavirus cases in regional Victoria has dropped below five over a 14-day span, and there have been zero cases with an unknown source over the same time period.

Five visitors will be allowed in homes as long as they are from a nominated household.

The Australian state of Victoria will lift some of its coronavirus pandemic restrictions after a surge in cases led to a renewed clampdown. Businesses will also be allowed to reopen, he added, according to The Associated Press.

Community sport - contact and non-contact - can resume for those under the age of 18.

People will also be able to travel within regional Victoria and accommodation places will reopen, with caps per the social bubble.

Whittlesea beauty therapy salon Beauty on Walnut was one of many relieved after being told they could open in the third step. "It is a very positive thing", Mr Andrews said.

And to further help the hospitality industry the Victorian Government have announced a $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package which will provide to councils and businesses outside of Melbourne's CBD to make widespread outdoor dining safe, practical and a reality this summer.

"Just in terms of movement from Melbourne to regional Victoria, those reasons have not changed".

However, Melbourne is largely still subject to strict Stage 4 restrictions, meaning most businesses are still closed.

Member for Northern Victoria Tania Maxwell also called on the Government to strengthen checkpoints out of Melbourne in particular public transport checkpoints into regional Victoria from metropolitan Melbourne.

Hospitality businesses will also receive support with a dedicated $251 million Licenced Venue Fund and the waiver of liquor licence fees in 2021.

"I would prefer to see an approach that enables COVID-free country areas to move to the last step on the government's road map by region".

"It is something we should all be very pleased and proud of the job that regional Victorians have done".



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