News digest: Freedom looms for Melburnians but NSW says no to reopening border

Oct 27, 2020
Melbourne's lockdown restrictions will be eased from midnight tonight. Source: Getty.

Yesterday was a major day in Australia’s battle against the coronavirus as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that restrictions would finally be eased across the metropolitan Melbourne area. From midnight tonight, all retail, including bars, restaurants and cafes, will be able to reopen.

“With zero cases and so much testing over the weekend, not just in the north but across the whole state, we are able to say that now is the time to open up,” a visibly emotional Andrews said on Monday.

“Now is the time to congratulate every single Victorian for staying the course. Now is the time to thank every single Victorian family for being guided by the data, the science and the doctors. Not letting our frustration get the better of us but, instead, proving equal to this wicked enemy.”

Melburnians will also be able to visit loved ones in their homes once again, however there are limitations. Under the new rules, two adults will be able to visit another home, however people can only have visitors once per day.

Other changes set to come into effect tonight include: outdoor gatherings no longer be limited to just two households, beauty, personal services and tattooing will can reopen, weddings will also increase to a maximum of 10 guests, while funerals can host 20 people. Outdoor community sport for under 18s and outdoor non-contact sport for adults will also recommence.

The four reasons to leave home will be removed, however the 25 kilometre limit on movement will remain in place, along with the metropolitan-regional border.

The good news for Victoria doesn’t end there either as, on Tuesday, the state recorded zero new cases and no further deaths from Covid-19 for the second consecutive day. However it seems the rest of the country isn’t yet convinced that the southern state has done enough as New South Wales ruled out reopening its border with Victoria for the time being.

“We want to open that border [with Victoria] as soon as we can but what is really important to us is to see what happens once the Government eases restrictions down there. That’s the real test,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said yesterday, reports News.com.au.

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