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Victoria to exit lockdown tonight as 10 new local cases of COVID-19 recorded


Victoria will exit lockdown at 11.59pm tonight, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced.

From tomorrow, the state’s five reasons to leave home rule will be scrapped, along with the five-kilometre travel limit.

However, no visitors will be permitted to homes for at least two weeks.

“We understand that will be challenging for people who have not seen family and friends for a couple of weeks now, and many for longer periods than that, but we know this is where transmission occurs,” Mr Andrews said.

Schools will also open to all year levels from tomorrow morning.

“So a lot of good news in today’s announcements,” Mr Andrews said.Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes will be allowed to reopen, but with space restrictions.

Only 100 people will be allowed inside and 300 people permitted outside, provided the one person per four square metre rule is followed.

Gyms will also be allowed to reopen with the same density quotient.Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people.

Funerals and weddings will be limited to 50 people.

Masks will remain mandatory inside and outside.

“I know it is painful, I know no one enjoys doing it, but it is effective,” Mr Andrews said.

There will be no crowds at large events, including at the footy or theatres, for at least two weeks.

Mr Andrews warned Victorians coronavirus is “with us still” as the state recorded 10 new local cases of coronavirus today.

“Please don’t go and visit mum and dad at their place,” he said.

“That’s how this virus spreads. So we all have to play our part and we all to be vigilant.”

He urged close contacts to remain in isolation.

“We have had people who have tested negative early on and then tested positive in their day 13 test,” he said.”It has happened.”

Today’s new locally-acquired cases were all in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period.

Victoria border bubble tightenedThe Victorian Government has tightened its border restrictions with New South Wales, contracting the border bubble.

From now on, residents of the Wagga Wagga, Hay, Lockhart and Murrumbidgee local government areas will no longer be able to enter Victoria without a permit.

“I take no pleasure in having to essentially lock out those four communities from Victoria, but there’s a refusal to lock people in Sydney into Sydney, so I have no choice but to make these changes,” Mr Andrews said.

“I will foreshadow with you that there will be further border changes.”