Melbourne Restrictions to Ease on Friday
Financial support available
Melbourne will experience eased lockdown restrictions from Thursday June 10 at 11.59pm.
Acting Premier James Merlino confirmed that restrictions would ease across Melbourne, and further restrictions would ease across regional Victoria.
"Today, on the advice of the chief health officer, we can announce some significant steps. So, from 11:59pm tomorrow night, metropolitan Melbourne will move to most of the same settings currently in place across regional Victoria, and regional Victoria will move further towards further easing."
More than 28,000 Victorians were tested in the latest reporting period, confirming one new case on Wednesday morning.
The new restrictions include:
- Expanding the 10km travel limit to 25km
- Cafes and restaurants will be limited to 50 customers - and masks will have to stay on indoors
- Private gatherings in homes are still banned
- Public group sizes capped at 10
- Gyms will remain closed
Melburnians are not permitted to travel into regional Victoria unless it is for permitted work or essential reasons.
Merlino announced a significant financial grant for businesses that are still affected by the new restrictions.
"In terms of business support, with the restrictions easing for Melbourne, but I have just outlined, we know that some businesses, so, for Melbourne, like gyms, amusement parks, dance studios and nightclubs, they will need to remain closed for a little while longer stop that is why I am announcing a further $8.36 million to provide an additional $2000 grant to support thousands of businesses eligible for the business cost assistance program that remain closed under the restrictions that I am announcing today."
Further information on financial support can be found on the Victorian Government website.
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