Regional Victoria to take first steps out of lockdown

Staff writers

Regional Victoria will move to the third step of the state government’s roadmap on Wednesday at 11.59pm.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced today that regional Victoria’s rolling average increase in coronavirus cases is 3.6 over the last 14 days and there have been no mystery cases in regional Victoria for two weeks.

Mr Andrews said this means regional Victoria will be able to “open up in the next 24 hours”.

“This is such good news I am so so glad and proud to every regional Victorian who has stayed the course. I know that it hasn’t been easy,” he said.

“Step Three mean the four reasons to leave your home will no longer apply, gathering limits will increase and most workplaces will reopen.

“Restrictions on businesses and visitors do remain in place regarding people caps, physical distancing and wearing of masks.

“I know that many hospitality venues would like more inside seating but the risk of infection is dramatically higher inside.

“This is a very big step today but it is a safe step… This is a great day for regional Victoria.”

Step Three includes the following changes to restrictions:

Social Gatherings

Education and childcare

Hospitality and retail

Ceremonies and special occasions

Entertainment leisure and travel

Community sport

Beauty services

Real estate