Covid Victoria: Streak continues as restrictions set to ease

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Victoria’s coronavirus-free streak has continued into its 23rd day with more restrictions set to be eased.

With more than three weeks of no community transmission, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a statewide easing of Covid-19 restrictions on Sunday, allowing greater numbers for hospitality and gatherings.

Current health department advice says the last step out of restrictions will allow people to hold outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people and home gatherings of 10.

Decorations of living trees and flowers are placed on streets, entrances of buildings and squares to support businesses and to attract people back to Melbourne, Australia.
More restrictions are set to be eased in Melbourne. Source: Getty Images

Weddings, funerals and indoor religious gatherings will be allowed 100 people, and outdoor religious ceremonies will be capped at 500.

Restaurants can expand to 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors.

Victoria has just one active Covid-19 case.

The single case was an immunosuppressed person making a "slow and steady" recovery, Health Minister Martin Foley said on Saturday.

People are seen at a pub in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
People enjoy a drink at Builders Arms Hotel in Melbourne's suburb of Fitzroy. Source: AAP

‘Hard border’ replaced

South Australians wanting to enter Victoria can do so again after a brief "hard border" was replaced overnight by a permit system.

SA residents can get a permit via the Services Victoria website.

Communities in a 70km bubble around the interstate border can continue using the SA government-issued permit they used for months previously.

People enjoy boating along the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.
People hit the Yarra River to enjoy the spring weather. Source: Getty Images

Those receiving or providing emergency medical care or services, or who reside on a property that straddles the border are exempt from the permit requirement.

NSW and the ACT are due to open their borders to Victoria on Monday.

International arrivals into Melbourne will resume from December 7, initially capped at 160 a day.

Meanwhile, Victorian authorities are concerned about traces of the virus unexpectedly found at a Melbourne wastewater facility, prompting a plea for residents and visitors to Altona in Melbourne's southwest from last Monday to Wednesday to get tested if symptomatic.

The result is unexpected because it has been about eight weeks since someone in the area tested positive.

Suburbs in the catchment include Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton, Point Cook and Sanctuary Lakes.

with AAP

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