Australia’s Melbourne ease pandemic curbs after no reported cases in more than a week.
From 11.59 p.m. on Sunday, the 25-km travel limit in Victoria’s capital city Melbourne and the hard borders separating the town from lower virus transmission communities in regional Victoria will be abolished. At the same time, the state-wide compulsory mask-wearing rule remains in place until further notice.
The entire state will follow the unified Covid-19 restriction rules from Monday, which will further ease limits on gatherings for hospitality venues, indoor sporting facilities, religious ceremonies, and home visiting.
Community spaces such as libraries and neighbourhood houses can have up to 20 people indoors, with up to ten groups.
Indoor entertainment venues, such as movie theatres, galleries, museums and music halls, will open with 20 people per space.
The state recorded zero new Covid-19 cases and no further related deaths for the ninth day running, which brought its 14-day average number of issues down to just 0.4 in metropolitan Melbourne and zero in regional Victoria.
Nevertheless, Premier Daniel Andrews still warned Victorians against complacency as the battle against the pandemic is not over yet.
“Reflecting the progress we’ve made, the State of Disaster will not be renewed. But because the virus is still very much with us, the State of Emergency will be extended until 6 December to allow the Chief Health Officer’s directions to remain in force,” he said in a statement.
According to the latest figure released by the Australian Health Department on Saturday, there were a total of 27,652 cases and 907 deaths nationwide in the country.