26 September 2023

Melbourne lockdown unlocked

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Melbourne moved out of lockdown and into the Third Step of Victoria’s COVID-19 reopening roadmap at 11.59pm on Tuesday, 27 October.

Premier Daniel Andrews thanked everyone who helped their community and the State by getting tested for COVID-19 during last weekend’s testing drive.

“I also want to thank the nurses, lab technicians, collectors, couriers – everyone who has been working around the clock to process these tests,” Mr Andrews said.

“Because of that effort, we’ve been able to get the results faster than we thought,” he said.

“These results give us confidence – confidence that even if we do identify positive cases in any further tests – we are firmly on top of this virus.”

Mr Andrews said that under the Third Step of the reopening roadmap, people in Melbourne moved from ‘stay home’ to ‘stay safe’.

He said Melbourne’s cafes, restaurants and pubs would be able to reopen, along with retail and beauty services.

“Workplaces will no longer need to be on the permitted work list to open and the ability to work will change to ‘if you can work from home you must work from home’,” he said.

“Outdoor contact sport for those aged 18 and under will also begin again – so too can non-contact sport for adults.”

Mr Andrews said Melbournians would still need to remain within 25 kilometres of their homes.

“I know it’s frustrating, but this is about making sure that even as we ease restrictions, we’re limiting the virus’s ability to travel.”

He said the border between regional Victoria and Melbourne would also remain in place.

Further information on the capital’s Third Step rules and restrictions can be accessed at this PS News link.

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