Following a tumultuous year during which Victoria declared several “states of emergency” amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State will finally be easing its restrictions as of the 28th of October.
The State suffered some of the worst spikes in COVID-19 cases in Australia, prompting officials to shut the borders down and enact strict lockdown measures since March of this year.
Now, the State’s premier Dan Andrews has declared that “now is the time to open up,” and from “11:59 pm tomorrow, Melbourne will move from ‘stay home’ to ‘stay safe’, with no more restrictions on the reasons to leave home.”
The Premier went on to state that:
“Fundamentally, this [easing of the lockdowns] belongs to every single Victorian, every single Victorian who has followed the rules, stayed the course, worked with me and my team, to bring this second wave to an end,” Mr Andrews told reporters.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank every single Victorian who has followed these rules and done an amazing jobs. I could not be more proud than to lead a state who has shown its true courage and commitment to each other.
“That’s what these last weeks and months have been about, and that’s why we can make these announcements today.”
Under the new rules, dubbed the ‘Third Step,’ restaurants, cafes, retail and beauty stores will reopen, with a further easing of restrictions slated to come from November 8th onwards.