Victorian lockdown to end as planned

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the snap five-day lockdown will come to an end at midnight on Wednesday as planned.

“Restrictions will come off, almost all of them, at midnight tonight,” Mr Andrews confirmed on Wednesday.

“That is exactly what we said we needed and exactly what we said would work.”


There were no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Victoria in the last 24 hours, both locally and in hotel quarantine, despite close to 40,000 tests.

There are still 25 active cases across the state.

Premier Andrews said, despite the lockdown coming to an end, there will still be some restrictions in place for the next nine days.

“This is not over, there are still nine days to go for the 14 day incubation period of the last of the positive case,” he said.

The incubation period for those cases finishes next Friday, February 26.

From 11.59pm tonight, masks will be required indoors and outdoors where you cannot socially distance 1.5 metres.

Victorians will be allowed just five visitors at home and 20 people are able to gather in public settings.

Workplaces, both in the private and public sectors, will be able to hold 50 per cent capacity.

“We will get to that 75 per cent when it is safe to do so,” Premier Andrews said.

Retail and hospitality businesses will be able to reopen with the same density limits that were in place last week.

Sporting events, including the Australian Open, can welcome crowds back once again. Exactly how many people will be allowed to attend the tennis is expected to be confirmed by tennis and government officials later today.

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