Australia's Victoria says Covid-19 curbs to return to pre-Christmas settings

COVID-19 good news as states consider easing restrictions

Victoria returned to its "COVIDSafe Summer" plan overnight, meaning masks will no longer be required except in high-risk indoor environments and gatherings of up to 30 people in homes are now allowed.

According to the state government, masks will only be required on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities, and in some larger retail settings including indoor shopping centers, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.

The cap on public gatherings will increase to 100 people.

Victorians will have more freedoms from midnight tonight.

The number of public and private sector office workers allowed back in the office has been raised to 75 per cent and restrictions on visiting hospitals and aged care facilities also will ease.

"We were on the cusp of moving to that setting when we had our most recent challenges, so I am very pleased - based on public health advice from the Chief Health Officer - we were able to make those adjustments as well", Premier Dan Andrews said.

In gyms, the density limit remains one per four square metres, with exercise classes limited to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.

Mr Andrews said the good news was able to be announced because of the work of the community.

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"That will be something approaching normal - which is something that Victorians have absolutely earned", the Premier said.

NSW also marked its 38th day without a local case, a record for the state, which is continuing to ease restrictions.

No new cases were recorded in the community or in hotel quarantine.

"It does speak to the fact this United Kingdom strain, you can very late in that 14-day period become positive", he said.

The Department of Health received 10,297 coronavirus test results yesterday.

The rules are expected to return how they were during Christmas time.

"That's what's delivered this outcome".

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