Premier Daniel Andrews announced the good news at a press conference today.

“I am very, very pleased to announce that just as we’ve indicated on Friday, this will be a five-day short sharp circuit-breaker,” Mr Andrews said.

“Restrictions will come off at midnight tonight.”

Victoria’s snap lockdown will end tonight. (Getty)

What are the new Victorian restrictions?

Schools, retail and hospitality will be open tomorrow.

The four reasons for leaving the home rule has been lifted, as has the 5km from home restriction.

Masks will be required indoors and outdoors where you cannot physically distance.

“That inconvenience is nothing compared to lengthy, protracted lockdowns,” Mr Andrews said.

“You can have five visitors to your home until Friday week, because that is the balance of the 14-day incubation period.”

Up to 20 people are allowed at public gatherings from any number of households.

And people can return to work in both the public and private sector, up to 50 percent of capacity.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies, weddings and funerals will be able to resume under the density limits which were in place this time last week.

Sport and recreation activities can also resume.

Visits to hospitals and care facilities will be limited to one household per day, with some exceptions.

“I am not foreshadowing any changes to these rules between now and Friday week,” Mr Andrews said.

“This issue is not over and the virus is not gone.”

No new coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in the past 24 hours.

Nearly 40,000 tests were conducted across Victoria in the past 24 hours.

Hospitality venues have a density quotient of one person per two square metres, but up to 25 patrons are allowed before that rule applies.

Cinemas and galleries will be open at 50 percent total capacity. Zoos and amusement parks are open at 75 percent of venue capacity.

Nightclubs are open with a maximum of 50 people on the dancefloor. Gaming venues are open with every second machine turned off.

Empty roads in Melbourne as the lockdown begins.
Empty roads in Melbourne as the lockdown begins. (Getty)

Real estate inspections and auctions are allowed to operate with a density quotient of one person per square metres.

Hairdressers and beauty salons are open but face masks are required, but can be removed for beauty services.

Brothels and sex on premises venues are open with a one person per four square metres density quotient.

The premier said the government was working to determine a “safe number” for crowds at the Australian Open. 

People go for a run along the Princes Park track in Melbourne.
People go for a run along the Princes Park track in Melbourne. (Getty)

A decision will be made “as soon as possible”, Mr Andrews said. 

“That advice will be out there for people as soon as possible,” he said.

“They already were reduced but may have to be reduced further. That matter will be resolved in the next few hours.”



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