'It's a kind of menu': Premier blunt reply to PM's three-step plan

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Victorians must wait until Monday to find out what coronavirus lockdown rules will be eased and when those changes will happen.

Premier Daniel Andrews has reiterated there will be no changes to the state's stage-three restrictions until May 11, when the Victorian state of emergency ends.

"Nothing changes today, nothing changes tomorrow, nothing changes Sunday," Mr Andrews said on Friday.

Victoria Police Protective Services Officers patrol St Kilda beach in Melbourne. Source: AAP
Premier Daniel Andrews has reiterated there will be no changes to the state's stage-three restrictions until May 11. Source: AAP

He spoke minutes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a national three-step exit plan for easing the restrictions introduced to combat COVID-19.

Mr Andrews said while he “welcomes the overall pathway”, the decision to ease restrictions is fundamentally up to the individual states and territories.

“If you think about the top line in that framework document that the Prime Minister has put out today, and the National Cabinet agreed to, that's a kind of menu, if you like.

“And we will choose elements of that and the respective timing for the rollout of each of those elements that best suit Victoria, that best suit the unique circumstances that we face,” he said.

Victoria to announce restriction changes from Monday

Mr Andrews noted Victoria has had many more community transmissions than others.

He said that although the lockdown is frustrating for residents, it is not worth “throwing away all the progress” the state has made.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced changes to Victoria's coronavirus lockdown measures will revealed on Monday. Source: AAP
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced changes to the states coronavirus lockdown measures will revealed on Monday. Source: AAP

“On Monday, and indeed throughout next week, I will have a series of announcements to make about changes to the rules,” he said.

“Those rules - that will not be all the rules going, and it won't necessarily be that the moment I announce something a change happens right then.

“The key point here is that, even at the end of next week, even at the end of May, there will still be rules in place. And they're there for a good reason. They're not there for me. They're there for your safety.”

with AAP

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