Restrictions to ease further tonight

Victoria will return to its COVID-safe summer rules from midnight tonight, on par with the most lenient lockdown rules in recent months.

It means that from 11.59pm tonight, masks are only required in crowded situations like supermarkets and high-risk environments such as aged care facilities.

Households can again host up to 30 visitors a day and outdoor and public gatherings can involve 100 people under the rules.

It comes after Victoria broke a six-day streak of zero community transmission and reported two new cases today, but the infected people were primary close contacts of a previous case and had been in isolation.

“I want to thank every Victorian for making today’s announcement possible – and I want to thank every Victorian for their patience,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

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“It’s been a hard slog, but Victorians are doing what they do best as we work to beat this virus: staying the course and looking out for each other.”

The easing comes two weeks after Victoria announced a snap five-day lockdown in response to a hotel quarantine outbreak.

Masks remain mandatory on public transport, ride share services and busy indoor shopping centres.

Public health authorities still recommends masks indoors and outdoors where social distancing is impossible.

A host of events and venues, including hospitality, funerals and wedding ceremonies, retail and beauty services, are limited to one person per two square metres if a QR code is used, and one per four square metres if using pen and paper.

The Victorian Government will also extend its state of emergency until midnight on March 15.

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