Restrictions to ease in regional Victoria

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CONFIRMED REGIONAL VICTORIA COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM THURSDAY

* Five reasons to leave home removed

* No travel distance limit from home

* Regional Victorians can travel to Melbourne for permitted reasons, must follow city rules

* Outdoors gatherings up to 10 people

* Food and hospitality venues open for seated service only, 50 person cap subject to density limit

* Retail and personal services providers to reopen with masks

* Religious gatherings and ceremonies permitted for up to 50 people, plus one faith leader

* Fifty people allowed at funerals, 10 at weddings

* Junior outdoor community sport can resume, adults may train outdoors

* Outdoor pools, libraries and toy libraries can reopen for up to 50 people, subject to density limit

* Outdoor entertainment venues capped to 50 people, or 50 per cent of the venue's seated capacity

* Businesses open in regional Victoria but not Melbourne must check IDs of every customer

* Service Victoria QR check-ins mandatory in retail settings including supermarkets and shops

GREATER MELBOURNE RESTRICTIONS CHANGES FROM 11.59PM THURSDAY

* 5km home travel radius for shopping and exercise extended to 10km

* Year 11 and 12 students return to face-to-face learning, as well as pupils studying a Unit 3 and 4 VCE or VCAL subjects while class is taught

* Outdoor jobs including landscaping, painting installing solar panels and letterboxing can resume

* No other changes

VIRUS CASES AND TESTING

* Three new local cases, taking the current outbreak to 63

- One case linked to Stratton Finance in Port Melbourne

- One case a resident at Arcare Maidstone, linked to another case at the facility

- One case a child of a previously identified case in the City of Whittlesea

* Three unlinked cases in the outbreak

- Initial City of Whittlesea case

- Initial Arcare Maidstone aged care case

- Initial infection in the family who travelled to NSW

(a South Melbourne case has been linked to a supermarket exposure site)

* 57,519 tests in the 24 hours to midnight on Wednesday, 23,192 vaccine shots - both Victorian records

* 369 exposure sites

* Two confirmed cases on Tuesday attended North Melbourne Primary School - 243 level-one contacts and 90 level-two contacts identified among staff and students, designated testing at Melbourne Showgrounds

* Repeat testing of Bendigo wastewater samples so far all negative, after unexpected detection of the virus in the area on May 27-28. Also unexpected detection on the Mornington Peninsula between Safety Beach, St Andrews Beach and Portsea from May 27-31

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