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Victoria’s lockdown restrictions ease

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Regional Victoria has moved down to stage three restrictions as of midnight, while Melbourne residents also get some relief from stage four measures as of today.

Regional Victoria moved down to stage three restrictions as of midnight, meaning they are now allowed to socialised outdoors in groups of up to five people from a maximum of two households.

While Melbourne residents also get some relief from stage four measures as of today, with the increase of allowable daily exercise up from one hour to two, with socialising also permitted during this time.

Playgrounds will reopen with children allowed to use the equipment for up to two hours each day as part of the minor easing of restrictions.

And single people living alone or with only their dependent children will be permitted to form "singles bubbles" with one other person and Melbourne's curfew will move from a start time of 8pm to 9pm.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday flagged the possible of swiftly lifting restrictions further for the regions, with the state set to reach the necessary case numbers around the middle of this week.

The regions recorded zero new cases of transmission yesterday, with a 14-day daily case average of 4.1.

"I hope that people in Melbourne are looking to what is occurring in regional Victoria as proof-positive – not a model, not a theory, but the actual delivery of this plan," Premier Daniel Andrews said of the government's roadmap out of lockdown.

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"This strategy is delivering low numbers and keeping them low and it is at that point that you can open with real confidence that having got the numbers low, we can you keep the numbers low.

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"That is what we will deliver in regional Victoria and right across metropolitan Melbourne – not bouncing in and out of lockdowns, but making sure that everything that Victorians have given counts for something."

The next step in the government's roadmap allows residents to leave home for any reason, with no restrictions on distance travelled.

Public gatherings outdoors of up to 10 people are also permitted, as well as "household bubbles" of up to five visitors from one other nominated household.

It remains "highly unlikely" Melbourne will meet the necessary criteria to allow businesses to reopen before the scheduled date of October 26.

Under the government's roadmap, the 14-day average of daily COVID-19 cases needs to be less than five cases before businesses like hairdressers and outdoor dining can reopen.

Once this target is met, the curfew will no longer apply, there will be no restrictions on leaving home and public gatherings outside will increase to 10 people.

The premier said it was "highly unlikely we will meet those case number thresholds" before the scheduled date.

"It is not just about numbers, but about the passage of time," he said.

"The passage of time is, I know, very painful and very challenging for businesses and for families, but in terms of taking safe steps, it is a positive thing."

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Source: 9News

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