“We have seen off two Delta outbreaks”: VIC to emerge from lockdown

Victorians will begin slowly coming out of lockdown from midnight tonight, but a few key rules will still apply.

It’s almost been two weeks since the entire state was plunged into it’s fifth lockdown, which was only supposed to last five days.

It was then extended for another seven days, again for the whole state.


Despite continuing to record over 10 local cases of coronavirus a day over the last few days, Victorian officials are confident that there isn’t a big threat from cases being out in the community, as most have been isolating throughout their entire infectious period.

From midnight tonight, the lockdown will lift, and the five reasons to leave home rule will be gone.

Schools will be able to return from tomorrow morning, for all levels.

Pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues can reopen with 100 people limits indoors and 300 outdoors, provided they comply with density quotients of one person per four square metres.

Gyms will be able to reopen again with density limits in place, and community sport can return.

However, visitors in the home is still not allowed for at least the next two weeks, while there will be no crowds at the foot ball, or other large events.

Premier Daniel Andrews says they’re not quite out of the woods.

that won’t be news that everybody supports but they are the rules and that’s where we get to. We are in no way triumphant, in no way boastful.

“We are grateful for the work that so many have done and indeed that all Victorians have done but the significance of this today to be able to end this lockdown at midnight tonight and return to settings that are quite close to the settings before we went into this lockdown says to all Victorians, sends a clear message that we have seen off two Delta outbreaks.

 I don’t think there’s a jurisdiction in the world that has been able to achieve that and every Victorian should be proud of that, every member of the public health team should know that we as Victorians are grateful to them, but at the same time, we have to remain vigilant.

“Today is a good day, a good, positive day, but there’s a lot of work that still has to be done,” Premier Andrews said. 

Masks are still mandatory inside and outside for the next two weeks as well.

The New South Wales border will also get a bit tighter for the communities there, with the areas of Wagga, Hay, Lockhart and Murrumbidgee to be cut from border bubbles.