Restrictions ease for Victorians, 5km rule scrapped, hairdressers open

Restrictions ease for Victorians, 5km rule scrapped, hairdressers open

"Victorians have done an wonderful job over recent weeks and months", Mr Andrews said. Victoria has been focused on cutting the rolling average and number of mystery cases to below five.

Australia has recorded over 27,000 cases of the virus and 904 deaths in a population of 25 million, with more than 800 of the deaths in Victoria alone.

In terms of real estate, auctions can now proceed with a maximum of ten people, while residents will also be allowed to kick off with non-essential outdoor home maintenance, repairs and renovations.

"Following further considerations in public health advice, I can announce that beauty and personal services where a mask can be worn for the entire time that the person is getting the services they are accessing, will be able to proceed in the third step alongside hairdressers", Mr Andrews said. Yes these lockdowns have come with significant pain and damage, but this strategy is working.

Outdoor religious gatherings will also increase to 20 people.

"We understand and sympathise with the frustration and concern expressed by businesses about the ongoing cost and impact on their jobs and livelihoods of this second wave", the trio said.

Contact sports will recommence from this date, and a maximum of 10 people will be allowed at weddings, with 20 mourners allowed at funerals.

He and his government have been urging Victoria to ease its measures faster and further in recent weeks as case numbers have dipped.

'The epidemiological conditions for a COVID-safe reopening of hospitality, movement (and) family reunions among others, have now been firmly met, ' Mr Hunt posted on Twitter on Saturday.

"So the Victorian government was present when it was discussed, they were made aware that this was going to occur, they raised no objections in the meetings", Mr Tudge told reporters.

'Victoria should now be able to move to the next step in line (with) NSW'.

Moreover, if NSW's COVID-19 infection rate is higher than Victoria's, will Dan Andrews seal the border and preclude us from leaving?

"The second wave, which led to the lockdown, has taken an extreme toll on the mental health of Victorians and their economic prospects", Treasurer Josh Frydenberg wrote in an opinion piece.

But many industry groups are not impressed.

"Not an easy call to make but we think it is the right thing to do".

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said he would like help from the federal government in management bubble travellers who carry on to his state.

In regional Victoria, where numbers are considerably lower, numerous controls have already been eased and pubs and restaurants will be allowed to have more customers from midnight.

"The federal government ought to be looking at its own role in Victoria's difficulties including aged care".

He said the stay-at-home rule could be lifted and other business restrictions eased on November 1 if community transmission of the virus remains under control.

Health authorities continue to investigate Victoria's 15 cases for the fortnight up to Thursday which have no known source.

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