Victoria will not return to normal for at least another week, after the state government declared it would maintain some of the restrictions imposed over the last fortnight.

Acting Premier James Merlino announced today that the current sets of restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria will each change at 11:59pm on 10 June, with some restrictions to be removed or relaxed, while others remain in place.

“This is a good day,” Merlino asserted, as media outlets heralded the ‘easing’ of restrictions and the ‘end’ of Victoria’s fourth COVID-19 lockdown.

Although some restrictions will be eased by Friday, Victorians will remain less free than they were three weeks earlier.

Melbourne residents will not be allowed to travel further than 25 kilometres from home, except for essential reasons. Visitors will not be allowed into Melbourne homes, while public gatherings in Melbourne will also be heavily restricted. Gatherings will also be capped in regional Victoria. The full list of restrictions can be viewed here.

The changes come after Victoria recorded just one new COVID-19 case in 24 hours. For the second consecutive day, Victoria’s tally of active cases decreased, falling to 83 after reaching a peak of 94.

Restrictions in Melbourne (from 11:59pm on 10 June)

Face coverings

Face coverings:

• Must be carried at all times

• Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies

• Must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Travel

Can leave home for any reason

Intrastate travel: Travel limit of 25km from place of primary residence. Travel limit does not apply:

• to access necessary goods and services where those goods and services cannot be accessed closer than 25kms from home

• to visit an intimate partner

• to visit a person in your “single bubble”

• for work and education

• work at an interstate location (where permitted by another state)

• care and compassionate reasons (specific exemptions apply)

You cannot travel to regional Victoria, except for:

• work or education

• necessary goods and services (if they cannot be accessed within 25km of home)

• care and compassionate reasons

• to receive COVID-19 vaccination at the nearest vaccination centre to home

Gatherings

Private gatherings in the home: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single bubble permitted

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 10 people

Other

See the full set of restrictions here.

Restrictions in regional Victoria (from 11:59pm on 10 June)

Face coverings

Face coverings:

• Must be carried at all times

• Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies

• Must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Travel

Can leave home for any reason

You cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne, except for:

• work or education

• necessary goods and services

• care and compassionate reasons

• to receive COVID-19 vaccination at the nearest vaccination centre to home

Gatherings

Private gatherings in the home: Limited to two adults per daytogether or separately (dependants of visiting adults excluded from cap)

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 20 people

Other

See the full set of restrictions here.