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Regional Victoria prepare to ‘open up’

Regional Victoria will be “opening up” on Thursday after virus numbers plummeted, with just one case where the source is unknown.Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the one case with the unknown source in regional Victoria was from September 1, more than 14 days ago.Under regional Victoria’s next step on the road map recovery plan, the four…

Regional Victoria will be “opening up” on Thursday after virus numbers plummeted, with just one case where the source is unknown.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the one case with the unknown source in regional Victoria was from September 1, more than 14 days ago.

Under regional Victoria’s next step on the road map recovery plan, the four reasons to leave home will no longer apply.

Gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed outside, infants under 12 months not included, up to five visitors are allowed in the home from a nominated household and students will be staggered back to schools over the first couple of weeks of term four.

The Premier also announced on Tuesday morning hospitality and entertainment would be allowed, subject to gathering limits, and requirements around density.

Retail will be expanded to include personal services, such as beauty and tattooing, where a mask can be worn and outdoor auctions will be permitted with a limit of 10 people for retail services.

All community sport will return for children, non-contact sport will be permitted for adults. Gathering limits for weddings will increase to 10 people, and for funerals to 20 mourners.

Outdoor religious gatherings will increase to up to 10 people, plus one faith leader.

Tourist accommodation will open for regional Victorians in regional Victoria, for them to travel and holiday within regional Victoria.

The “massive” announcement comes after Victoria recorded no new deaths overnight, the first fatality-free 24-hour period since July 13.

Mr Andrews described today as a “hopeful”.

“It’s a massive thing. It is such good news, I am so, so pleased and proud of every single regional Victorian who has stayed the course, followed the rules, got tested,” he said.

The changes will come into effect at 11.59pm on Wednesday.

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