Parts of Victoria to emerge from Covid lockdown early

  • Victoria reports 11 new Covid cases

  • Regional Victoria to exit lockdown

  • No decision on Melbourne’s lockdown lifting

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has shared some "positive news" for parts of the state, amid the state's sixth lockdown.

On Monday, Mr Andrews announced from 11.59pm on Monday, regional Victoria will be able to come out of lockdown.

People in those areas will have to abide by the restrictions observed in the state before the sixth lockdown was implemented.

"That is a very important decision, one that's made on the best of health advice and one that is fundamentally the function of not having cases in regional Victoria," Mr Andrews said.

Victoria has recorded 11 new cases, with some parts of the state exiting lockdown. Source: AAP/Getty Images
Victoria has recorded 11 new cases, with some parts of the state exiting lockdown. Source: AAP/Getty Images

"We do have a conservative approach to these things we don't want this virus to spread out, but this is very positive news and speaks to the fact that we do have a degree of containment around these cases."

On Monday, Victoria reported 11 new locally-acquired Covid-19 infections, all of which are linked and one of the new cases was in isolation for their infectious period.

However, Mr Andrews said the cases were not in regional areas of Victoria.

New restrictions for regional Victoria

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said while there were a few close contacts self-isolating in regional Victoria, there were no new exposure sites or recent wastewater detections of COVID-19.

From Tuesday, schools, retail and hospitality venues in regional Victoria will be allowed to reopen and people in are allowed to leave their homes beyond the five reasons which were permitted during the lockdown.

Home visits will remain banned, while masks are still compulsory both indoors and outdoors.

Businesses that are open in regional Victoria but closed in Melbourne, such as restaurants and beauty salons, must check the IDs of everyone they serve.

No decision on Melbourne's lockdown lifting

However, people in Melbourne are still in lockdown and have been warned not to travel to regional areas.

People from regional Victoria are allowed to travel through Melbourne if they are travelling to another part of regional Victoria, but they are urged to use "common sense".

People from regional Victoria will only be able to travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and must follow the city's restrictions when in town.

Mr Andrews confirmed no decision has been made regarding when Melbourne will come out of lockdown, which is currently slated for Thursday.

With AAP

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