In some welcome news for the Victorians who have been finding a few days of lockdown surprisingly bleak, Premier Dan Andrews has announced the state's snap lockdown will end at midnight tonight.
Thankfully, the state recorded no new cases of COVID-19 overnight; so expect the words "doughnut day" to be flying around again. Nearly 40k Victorians went out to get tested: one of the state's biggest testing days so far.
Dan Andrews thanked Victorians at this morning's presser. "I am proud of every single Victorian for the work they have done; for the sacrifice they had made," he said.
The five-day snap lockdown was introduced in response to a particularly infectious strain of COVID-19 brought in from the UK.
"The restrictions will come off – almost all of them – at midnight tonight".
From 11:59pm tonight, Dan confirmed:
- You can leave home for any reason
- The 5km travel radius has been lifted
- Face masks are still required indoors and outdoors when social distancing isn't possible
- Indoor gatherings are limited to five people
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to 20 people
The premier emphasised that while masks offer us "ongoing insurance" against the virus. He also confirmed that as of tomorrow, up to 50% of employees can return to their physical workplace. The hospitality sector will also re-open; as will entertainment and schools.
Dan posted an rather detailed breakdown of the changes to restrictions on Twitter.
He stressed that further announcements will be made on the 26th of February.
Well done, Melbourne!
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank.