Reporting its lowest case quantity since June, there’s new hope in Victoria for lockdown’s finish.
As strain mounts on Premier Daniel Andrews to, within the phrases of the PM, “transfer so far as he can presumably go” on the subject of lifting restrictions, Victorians are ready with bated breath to see what “important bulletins” he is received in retailer.
Whereas he stayed tight lipped on what’s going to occur tomorrow, on Friday Mr Andrews additionally revealed what will not be altering.
“I can inform you that clubhouses won’t be open on Monday but when we are able to take different stops to provide individuals again a number of of the issues that they love, the issues that can give them a little bit of sense of normality… they’re the kind of issues we can be ,” Mr Andrews mentioned.
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He additionally “undoubtedly” confirmed that the onerous border separating metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will keep in place.
“I can not inform you how lengthy that can keep,” the Premier mentioned.
In one other blow to the hospitality trade, he additionally mentioned adjustments to indoor eating will not happen subsequent week.
“I’ve been very clear about that each one week,” he mentioned.
“It won’t be secure for us to make these selections (relating to opening eating places and cafes).
“However there can be alternatives for regional Victoria.”
Mr Andrews mentioned Victoria is “properly positioned to take important steps on Sunday” as a result of “we as a state have been as cussed as this virus in our resolve to defeat it”.
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Whereas he cautioned the announcement wouldn’t be “all the things that everybody desires” and that it was “not secure to take all of these steps that had been outlined in stage three”, he “very a lot appears to be like ahead “ to giving individuals “a way of what the approaching weeks will appear like”.
Mr Andrews mentioned the announcement can be “broadly in alignment with our foreshadowed stage 3”, though the state would wish to “wait and see” because it relied on numbers persevering with to fall.
Outside contact and non-contact sport for beneath 18s and adults; out of doors skateparks reopening and out of doors health for teams of 10 could possibly be on the desk – as might adjustments to the variety of individuals allowed at weddings, funerals and (out of doors) spiritual gatherings.