Victoria celebrates a huge milestone as it is announced there have been no coronavirus cases for a seventh day.
The Department of Health and Human Services revealed on Saturday it was another ‘double donut day’, meaning no deaths were recorded either.
The last deaths the state experienced due to COVID-19 were on October 28 when two people lost their lives.
The news comes as Victorians – and specifically Melburnians – enjoy the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to make an announcement on Sunday regarding the ring of steel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas, as well as the 25km radius rule.
However, this remains on the condition there isn’t a spike in cases before the announcement.
Thanks to the declining case numbers, Melbourne residents will be able to go to the gym and travel to regional Victoria as a part of eased COVID-19 restrictions due to start at 11.59pm on Sunday.
Changes coming to Melbourne
Premier Daniel Andrews has promised more restrictions will be eased in Victoria as the state reported six consecutive days of zero new cases.
The following restrictions are set to be eased from 11.59pm on November 8:
1) Melbourne’s 25 kilometre travel limit will be scrapped.
2) Gyms will reopen with a cap of 20 people inside.
3) Hospitality venues will be able to seat 70 people outside. The cap on indoor dining will also be raised from 10 to 40 people.
4) Funerals will now be allowed to cater to 20 mourners inside and 50 mourners outside.
5) Religious gatherings may have 20 people indoors and 50 people, plus a religious leader, outside.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the good run had paved the way for a range of restrictions to be eased from 11.59pm on November 8.
The widely-hated travel restriction between Melbourne and regional Victoria will be lifted and the 25km travel radius scrapped.
Gyms and fitness facilities will reopen with a cap of 20 people while restaurants, hotels and cafes will be allowed to seat more patrons.
The outdoor cap will be raised to 70 people while the indoor dining limit will be lifted from 10 to 40 people.
Funerals will now be allowed to cater to 20 mourners indoors and 50 mourners outdoors.
Faith gatherings will also be allowed to have 50 people, plus a faith leader, outdoors and 20 people, plus a faith leader, indoors.
Mr Andrews said he was optimistic the changes would go ahead with the possibility of lifting more restrictions.
‘Sunday is going to be an important day, we’re on track to make some significant announcements,’ he said.
‘I can’t predict what will be announced other than what we’ve already outlined. We’re well on track to do all of those things.’
The low case numbers prompted New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian to announce her state would open its border to Victoria on November 23.
But Queensland could close their borders to NSW yet again if they deem the open border with Victoria to be too much of a risk.
More to come.