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Regional Victoria wakes up to eased COVID-19 restrictions as Melbourne remains in lockdown

By sbs , in News Australia , at August 10, 2021 Tags: , , ,

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Regional Victoria’s lockdown is over but people in Melbourne are still days from finding out when theirs will end.

The state’s regional areas came out of lockdown at 11:59pm on Monday after no new COVID-19 cases were detected outside Melbourne, but some rules remain including a ban on home visits and compulsory mask-wearing.

“There is a degree of localisation, if you like, to these cases,” Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday.

“Pleasingly we haven’t seen cases in regional Victoria over these last four or five days.”

More than five million Melburnians are under strict stay-at-home rules until at least 8pm on Thursday, with no word yet on whether the lockdown will ease on time.

City dwellers trying to flee Melbourne and drive to regional areas will face fines upwards of $5,000 as about 200 police are deployed to main and back roads across the state.

Businesses that are open in regional Victoria but closed in Melbourne, such as restaurants and beauty salons, must check the IDs of customers.

Melbourne recorded 11 new local cases in the 24 hours to Monday morning, all linked to the Hobsons Bay outbreak, with only one case in quarantine throughout their infectious period.

The number of exposure sites has grown to more than 220, including a local football match at Shorten Reserve in West Footscray which dates back to 31 July and is classified as tier one.

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