Victoria registers two new COVID-19 cases as Dan Andrews prepares to ease some restrictions

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Another day of single-digit COVID-19 diagnoses and no deaths, Victorians anxiously await news of relaxing lifestyle restrictions.

The state reported two new cases on Sunday and a daily tally of 7.5 cases in metropolitan Melbourne for the fortnight through Saturday. The two-week average for the Victoria area is 0.5.

Statistics mean Victoria’s coronavirus death toll remains at 816 and the national toll stands at 904.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is expected to reveal significant changes to Melbourne’s restrictions on movements and rallies on Sunday.

The Herald Sun reported that the 5-kilometer travel restriction will be extended to 20 kilometers.

Melburnians will also be able to exercise or leave their homes longer than the current two-hour limit, while the outdoor gathering cap will be raised to 10 people.

Another day of single-digit COVID-19 diagnoses and no deaths, Victorians anxiously await news of the relaxation of lifestyle restrictions (pictured, residents jogging in Melbourne)

The Herald Sun reported that Melburnians may also be exercising or leaving their homes longer than the current two-hour time limit (pictured, Melbourne residents fishing)

The Herald Sun reported that Melburnians may also be exercising or leaving their homes longer than the current two-hour time limit (pictured, Melbourne residents fishing)

What will change

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is expected to make an announcement on the restrictions that will be relaxed in Melbourne from Monday.

1) The 5 kilometer travel limit will be extended to 20 kilometers.

2) The two hour limit for outdoor exercise will be removed.

3) Outdoor gatherings will also be extended up to 10 people.

4) Athletes can play on the public tennis and golf courts.

5) DIY skate parks and car washes are also likely to open

6) Victoria area will also see increased ceilings in homes, restaurants, cafes and retail stores

Sports enthusiasts can also play tennis or golf without having to go through a club room.

DIY skate parks and car washes are also slated to reopen.

Al fresco dining will also be allowed in select locations over the next few days with a limited guest for each square meter.

The Victoria area has also reportedly increased the ceilings in homes, restaurants, cafes and retail stores.

Victorians will still be required to wear masks whenever they leave their homes.

Chris Lucas, of the Chin Chin restaurant, said he hopes the restrictions on indoor dining will also be relaxed in the coming days.

“Prime Minister Daniel Andrews finds himself even more on the outside with Victorian mood,” he said.

“The more it keeps us locked up, the more damage there is, both economic and mental health, and the longer the jobless queues get,” he said.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt urged the Victorian government to ease restrictions in accordance with NSW.

“The epidemiological conditions for a COVID-safe reopening of hospitality, movements (and) family reunions, among others, are now firmly in place,” Hunt said on Twitter on Saturday.

“Victoria should now be able to take the next step in the (with) NSW line. “

However, Mr Andrews said Mr Hunt was not an epidemiologist and accused him of ‘playing games’, before adding that he would be in no rush to reopen Victoria.

“We are not going to risk everything the Victorians sacrificed. And that’s why this strategy isn’t about running to open up (and) running COVID-normal – it’s about safe and steady steps, ”the Prime Minister said.

“We are on the verge of defeating this second wave. This has not happened in many countries, if at all, around the world.

Mr Andrews confirmed that Sunday’s announcements would be “much more about social space than economic space,” dashing the hopes of retail and hospitality players.

“We have to be conservative and careful, we have to take safe and stable action. “

Mr Andrews said on Saturday he would not bow to pressure from some politicians who called for bigger rollbacks.

Mr Andrews said on Saturday he would not bow to pressure from some politicians who called for bigger rollbacks

Mr Andrews said on Saturday he would not bow to pressure from some politicians who called for bigger rollbacks.

Mr Andrews confirmed that Sunday's announcements would be 'much more in the social space than in the economic space', dashing the hopes of those in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Mr Andrews confirmed that Sunday’s announcements would be “much more in the social space than in the economic space,” dashing the hopes of retail and hospitality players.

‘Whatever I speak here… and announce it, there will be members of this federal government, some who are from Victoria but I don’t think they are for Victoria, who will be there saying:’ It’s not enough, have done more, ”he said.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he only had the best interests of the Victorians at heart.

“Like so many other Victorians – whether in health, law, business, or a wider community – I will not be silenced and stand by as our fellow Victorians lose their freedoms. and will see their economic livelihoods damaged, ”he said.

“We are from Victoria and we are for Victoria.

Health officials are continuing to investigate Victoria’s 15 cases during the fortnight through Thursday, which have no known source.

Health officials continue to investigate Victoria's 15 cases during the fortnight through Thursday, which have no known source (pictured, a COVID-19 pop-up clinic in Shepparton)

Health officials continue to investigate Victoria’s 15 cases during the fortnight through Thursday, which have no known source (pictured, a COVID-19 pop-up clinic in Shepparton)

Melbourne residents take advantage of day at the park ahead of announcements to ease restrictions in the city

Melbourne residents take advantage of day at the park ahead of announcements to ease restrictions in the city

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