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Plan underway to reopen Victoria as South Australia eases lockdowns

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Victorians will find out from today when social distancing rules will begin to ease, as restrictions in South Australia are rolled back.

Victorians are expected to find out from today when social distancing rules will begin to ease across the state.

It comes as restrictions in South Australia are rolled back, including the push for regional travel.

Premier Daniel Andrews is due to announce a plan this morning for how Victoria will gradually come out of strict lockdowns, the toughest in the country, following a meeting of State Cabinet.

It follows protests outside Parliament House on Sunday, with demonstrators holding signs and calling for coronavirus lockdowns to end.

Protesters gather outside Parliament House in Melbourne, Sunday, May 10, 2020. Anti-vaxxers and Victorians fed up with the coronavirus lockdown have broken social distancing rules to protest in Melbourne's CBD on Mother's Day.

Some of the relaxed rules are likely to include allowing outdoor social gatherings of 10 or more people, visiting friends and family and a timeline for the reopening of schools.

But with the easing of lockdowns comes the fear a second wave of COVID-19 will hit, so the Victorian Government is due to announce a $20 million plan for rapid response teams.

They will be responsible for testing, tracing and deep cleaning when a cluster is identified.

The premier is also expected to make a decision on the restarting of AFL matches.

Meanwhile, in South Australia, life will feel a little more normal from Monday with many restrictions being lifted.

Regional travel is being encouraged, which is likely to be welcome news for communities hit hard by recent bushfires, with camp grounds and caravan parks now open.

Restaurants and cafes are now able to reopen to 10 patrons if they sit outside.

Auctions and home inspections can restart while 20 mourners are now allowed at an indoor funeral or 30 if the service takes place outside.

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The South Australian Government is hoping to get 55,000 people back into work by July with Stage 2 of the recovery roadmap likely to begin from June 8 if the new rules are successful.

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Source: 9News

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