Victoria has recorded four new coronavirus cases and one death, bringing the state’s toll from the virus to 817 and the national figure to 905.
It’s the sixth day in a row the state has recorded an increase in new cases in the single digits.
The figures, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Monday, bring Melbourne‘s 14-day rolling average down to 7.2.
Regional Victoria’s two-week case average remains at 0.5.
There are 15 cases for the fortnight up to Friday which have no known source.
People wait to be tested at the Goulburn Valley Health-Mcintosh COVID-19 testing facility in Shepparton on October 15
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured centre) arrives to a press conference in Melbourne on October 18
It comes as Victorians woke to more freedom on Monday after COVID-19 restrictions were eased overnight.
Melburnians are now allowed to travel 25km from home and there will be no limit on time spent outdoors.
Outdoor gatherings have an increased limit from five people to 10 from two households, while facilities such as skate parks, golf courses and tennis courts will reopen.
Melburnians will also be able to get a haircut, see an allied health professional, renovate their home, wash their car and bid at an auction, though a number of strict safety protocols will be in place.
‘I have announced today what is safe but will not undermine the sacrifice, the hard work, the pain, the amazing efforts that Victorians have put in,’ Mr Andrews told reporters on Sunday.
A woman is seen sitting on a blockage by Luna Park during COVID-19 in St Kilda on October 18
In regional Victoria, up to two people plus dependents will be allowed to visit homes once a day, while hospitality venues can increase their capacity to 70 people outside and 40 people inside.
The ‘ring of steel’ that separates metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria will remain in place.
Melbourne will take another step on November 2, with hospitality venues able to seat 50 people outside and 20 people inside, while retail and beauty and personal care services can resume.
People will be allowed to host a maximum of two people plus dependents at their homes once a day.
Mr Andrews, however, indicated the next step could be brought forward, depending on case numbers across Victoria in the next week.
But many industry groups are not impressed.
Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott said it was an ‘an inexplicable and unacceptable delay’.
‘There is no sound reason to continue the restrictions on business, especially with case numbers clearly on a downward trajectory,’ she said in a statement.
The Australian Industry Group’s Victorian head Tim Piper said businesses and Victorians expected more.
‘There is still no long-term coherent plan to rebuild a shattered Victorian economy,’ Mr Piper said.
Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said restrictions should have been eased further, especially with respect to small businesses.
Source: Daily Mail Australia | News Colony