The Victoria lockdown will end from 11:59pm on Tuesday night, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced, but tough restrictions will linger for at least another two weeks.
Victorians will be allowed to travel beyond five kilometres from their homes, but home visits will still be banned. Masks are still required inside and outdoors. Hospitality businesses and retail will reopen, subject to density limits, and offices will return at 25% capacity.
Both the Premier and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton advised that Victorians should still work from home if it is possible to do so.
Schools can also resume face-to-face learning at all year levels.
Crowds will not be allowed at AFL games and other large events for at least two weeks. Funerals and weddings will be limited to 50 people.
Andrews announced the eased the end of the Victoria lockdown after the state recorded 10 local cases on Tuesday morning, all of which were linked to existing outbreaks.
Andrews also called for a “ring of steel” around Sydney, which both NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard have previously rejected. NSW recorded 172 local cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, of which 85 were linked to a known cluster.
“We’re not being triumphant, we’re not being boastful we’re not lecturing anybody, we’re not into that,” Andrews said at Tuesday’s press conference.
“I’ve never done that. Nor will I brag a ring of steel won’t work, it will. And that’s why I’ve called for it. The New South Wales Government have a different view. I would respectfully say to the New South Wales Government, you’re not just making decisions for New South Wales, you’re making decisions for the whole country.”