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Regional Victoria eases coronavirus restrictions from tonight

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But Melburnians are being warned not to rush to the regions, with extra police patrolling checkpoints.

Coronavirus restrictions will be eased across regional Victoria from tonight, giving residents there a newfound taste of freedom.

From 11.59pm, anyone in regional Victoria will no longer be subject to staying at home unless leaving for strict reasons, outdoor gathering limits will increase to 10 people, and up to five people will be able to visit from a nominated household.

Today will be the final day of the current phase of lockdown for regional Victoria after recording fewer than five cases for a 14-day period.

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People are seen walking wearing face-masks along the Geelong Waterfront.

But the government has warned Melburnians not to rush to the regions, with extra police patrolling checkpoints.

"In terms of movement from Melbourne to regional Victoria, those reasons have not changed," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"We can't have people travelling unnecessarily and unlawfully into regional Victoria from metropolitan Melbourne, and potentially taking the virus with them."

The success of regional Victoria's transition into a more open economy will be treated as a 'dry run' for the more populated areas of Melbourne.

Find out more on what the relaxed restrictions mean for regional Victoria.

You can  get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-regional-victoria-eases-restrictions-moves-to-third-step-out-of-lockdown/5a897ff1-d526-4b54-9c6a-fa6ec687c59f

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