Regional Victoria to move to step three

Victorian restrictions eased overnight: curfew extended, social bubbles introduced

From 11.59pm on Wednesday September 16, regional Victoria's stage-three lockdown restrictions are easing. "They've done an fantastic job", Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"Every single business across regional Victoria will be required to have a Covid-safe plan, and those plans will be enforced from 28 September", Andrews cautioned.

Regional Victoria will take further steps out of COVID-19 restrictions as of this Thursday with a "ring of steel" to be placed around Melbourne to prevent residents from travelling into regional Victoria to help prevent any spread of the virus. "I am grateful to you".

The move to step two comes after Mitchell Shire reached no active COVID-19 cases last week.

Under this step, residents will be able to leave the house for any reason and travel an unlimited distance, hospitality businesses will be permitted to reopen for eat-in dining, and outdoor public gatherings will be increased to 10 people.

Hospitality businesses will also open up for predominately outdoor seated service, along with all retail including hairdressing and beauty therapy.

Victoria recorded 42 new cases in the past 24 hours with no new deaths.

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Five visitors will be allowed in homes as long as they are from a nominated household. Businesses will also be allowed to reopen, he added, according to The Associated Press.

Under step three, outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people under 18 and non-contact sport for adults, within gathering and density limits, can resume, while outdoor skate parks and outdoor fitness for 10 people will reopen.

The grants will be relief for around 33,000 eligible sole traders who have missed out on previous financial support and continue to be most affected by severe restrictions, however there will still be a large number of sole traders who do not meet the sector or commercial lease criteria who will be ineligible for the financial grants.

"Just in terms of movement from Melbourne to regional Victoria, those reasons have not changed".

"Hopefully regional Victoria will really be able to open up and it will give great encouragement to Melbourne to stick to rules because it will show these harsh measures have worked and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel".

Premier Andrews also announced further support to bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels and reception centres, with the establishment of a $251 million dedicated Licenced Venue Fund, with grants of between $10,000 and $30,000 for licenced venues of all shapes and sizes.

Member for Northern Victoria Tania Maxwell also called on the Government to strengthen checkpoints out of Melbourne in particular public transport checkpoints into regional Victoria from metropolitan Melbourne.

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