Melburnians will be able to travel to regional Victoria from Friday as COVID-19 restrictions ease statewide.
Acting Premier James Merlino said the state would ‘come back together from tomorrow night’, with Melbourne’s 25-kilometre limit, and the five reasons to leave home, removed.
The new restrictions, starting Friday are:
Two visitors plus dependent will be allowed in the home per day, while public gatherings will increase to 20 outside.
Gyms, indoor entertainment venues and electronic gaming can all reopen, while hospitality venues can host up to 25 people before applying the density quota of one person per four square metres applies.
Office workers will be able to return up to 50 per cent or up to 20 people, whichever is greater.
All community sport can return for competitions, and there is no limit on travel for sport.
Masks are no longer required outdoors, but must continue to be worn indoors.
Visitors at the home will be limited to five a day, including dependents, while public gatherings will increase to 50 people.
Restaurants and cafes can host up 300 patrons for seated service, and smaller venues can host up to 25 people, before density quotas apply.
Religious services will be capped at 300 people, funerals at 100, and weddings at 50.
Officer caps increased to 75 per cent or 30 people, whichever is greater.
Mr Merlino says the public health team would review options daily.
“That is subject to case numbers, exposure sites, and always on the advice of public health. I expect we will be back here in one week to make further announcements about easing of restrictions,” he said.
Victoria recorded three new cases of community transmission this morning, while dozens of new exposure sites were added in Melbourne.
One of the cases confirmed this morning was a nurse, working at Epping Private Hospital, who had been vaccinated.