Victoria Covid: The 'big' restrictions being eased this week

Australian Associated Press
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For the first time in months Melburnians will be free from COVID-19 travel restrictions within Victoria.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced "families will be able to be together again" as he scrapped Melbourne's 25km-from-home metropolitan travel limit and removed the city's 'ring of steel' which had prevented people from visiting regional areas.

The new rules start from midnight.

"Both the 25km limit and the ring of steel, the metropolitan regional Victoria border, comes down as well," he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced that families could be reunited. Source: AAP
Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced that families could be reunited. Source: AAP

Travel freedom is set to expand again when the NSW border reopens to Victorians on November 23.

Mr Andrew's announcement coincided with the state's ninth straight day without a new Covid-19 case.

The 14-day average for daily cases in Melbourne sits at 0.4 and there are two cases with an unknown source.

A number of other restrictions will also ease from Monday, including hospitality numbers increasing to 40 indoor patrons and 70 outdoor patrons.

Two visitors, plus dependents, from different households will also be allowed to visit homes, with 10 visitors permitted in regional Victoria.

Up to 20 indoor and 50 outdoor mourners will be allowed at funerals, and 100 will be allowed in regional parts of the state.

One household will be allowed to attend a two-hour hospital and care facility visit per day, while there will be 20 people allowed at indoor religious gatherings and 50 people outdoors.

Victorians must still wear face masks when they’re away from home, and work from home if they are able to.

Public gatherings are still limited to 10, with 50 allowed in in regional Victoria, while there is a limit of 10 people at an indoor and outdoor wedding, unless in regional Victoria where 100 people are allowed.

Melbourne's 25km-from-home metropolitan travel limit has been scrapped. Source: AAP
Melbourne's 25km-from-home metropolitan travel limit has been scrapped. Source: AAP

Health Minister Martin Foley on Saturday announced an enforcement blitz on businesses and workplaces posing a high risk of Covid-19 transmission would be conducted over the weekend.

Compliance checks by police, Work Safe and the Department of Health and Human Services could see offenders hit with fines of up to $10,000.

"Overwhelmingly Victorian businesses are doing the right thing," Mr Foley told reporters on Saturday.

The run of low or zero cases has allowed Victoria to welcome the first international flights to Melbourne since June 30, with the resumption of flights from New Zealand from Monday.

Victoria's Covid-19 death toll is 819, and 907 people have died from the virus across Australia.

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