Victoria’s 2-week lockdown will reportedly end as planned on Thursday night, with some restrictions set to linger

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  • Victoria’s two-week COVID-19 lockdown will reportedly end on Thursday night as planned, but some restrictions are slated to stay in place.
  • Melbourne residents will reportedly be subject to a 25 kilometre travel bubble, with occupancy limits reapplied to hospitality and entertainment venues.
  • The state counted just one new case of COVID-19 in the community on Wednesday, suggesting the latest outbreak is coming under control.
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Victoria’s two-week lockdown is likely to ease on Thursday as planned, but Melbourne residents should prepare to for a new 25-kilometre travel bubble, occupancy limits for hospitality venues, and lingering bans on home visitors.

Citing an unnamed source close to state government discussions, the Age reports some lockdown restrictions, called to limit the spread of a new COVID-19 outbreak through the community, are likely to cease as planned at 11.59pm tomorrow.

The ten kilometre travel bubble, in which Melburnians are permitted to shop and exercise, will reportedly expand to 25 kilometres.

The city’s restaurants, cafes, and some entertainment venues will reportedly reopen, subject to density caps.

All students will likely return to face-to-face learning, the Age reports, joining the Year 11 and 12 students, and select VCE or VCAL students, who returned to the classroom last week.

While restrictions over the city are broadly expected to mirror those in place for regional Victoria, some measures are slated to stay in place.

Mask wearing will reportedly remain mandatory for all indoors areas, and home visitors will remain banned.

Senior government officials will reportedly meet Wednesday morning to talk through the plans.

Those discussions will likely be bolstered by the fact Victorian health officials counted just one new case of COVID-19 in the community overnight.

That individual is linked to a prior case and had quarantined for the duration of their infectious period, the Department of Health added.