Victoria recorded another day of double-digit coronavirus infections on Wednesday, with just 76 new cases across the state.
A further 11 deaths have also been announced, taking the state’s death toll to 694.
The figures are a marked jump from previous days after the state recorded 55 infections on Tuesday and 41 on Monday – the lowest number in two months.
Victoria has recorded 76 new COVID-19 infections and 11 deaths on Wednesday (pictured, two women in Melbourne wear face masks near the beach on Tuesday)
Residents walk near a popular beach in Port Melbourne while wearing face masks on Tuesday (pictured) as locals endure Stage Four lockdown
The rise comes after Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled his road map out of Stage Four restrictions – leaving many businesses devastated.
In order to move to the next step of easing restrictions on September 28, Melbourne must record an average daily infection rate between 30 and 50 over the next two weeks.
Cafes, bars and restaurants will not be able to have customers dine outside until October 26, as long as the statewide case average has fallen under five for the previous fortnight.
Customers won’t be allowed inside until November 23 and only if there have been no cases at all for the previous two weeks.
The strict draconian curfew enforced in Melbourne will be also be extended to October 26 but will be increased to 9pm-5am. Currently it begins at 8pm.
Retail shops are also expected to open their doors from October 26 along with hairdressers under strict safety measures.
Public gatherings will also increase to ten people.
Wednesday’s cases have jumped from earlier days with Tuesday recording 55 new infections and Monday 41 – the lowest in two months (pictured, walkers in Melbourne on Tuesday)
Melbourne must record an average daily case rate of between 30 and 50 infections over the next two weeks in order to move to the next phase out of lockdown on September 28 (pictured cyclist in Port Melbourne on Tuesday)
More restrictions will ease from November 23 including public gatherings jumping to 50 people, 20 visitors at a home and groups of 20 people inside venues.
New modelling has predicted the extension of Melbourne’s lockdown could destroy another 260,000 jobs in Victoria on top of the 432,000 already lost.
The Institute of Public Affairs, a free market think tank, has predicted the extended lockdown would cost Victorians 260,000 jobs between September 14 and November 23, with another 4,000 jobs set to be lost during the following week.
‘Daniel Andrews is crushing jobs, small business, and the spirit of mainstream Victorians with continued lockdown measures,’ IPA research fellow Cian Hussey said.
‘He has disfigured Victoria with more lockdowns to deal with the second wave unleashed by his catastrophic ineptitude with hotel quarantine and contact tracing.’
New modelling has predicted Daniel Andrew’s (pictured on Tuesday) extension of Melbourne’s lockdown could destroy another 260,000 jobs in Victoria on top of the 432,000 already lost
The IPA calculated the first lockdown in March and the reintroduction of stricter, Stage Four measures in August would cost 696,000 jobs in eight months – including the 432,000 already lost, based on weekly, Australian Bureau of Statistics payroll data.
The Reserve Bank of Australia is already expecting the national jobless rate to hit ten per cent by the end of 2020, a level unseen since 1994.
The IPA calculated total and expected job losses from the extended, temporary shutdowns were ‘equivalent to 21 per cent of the Victorian workforce’.
More details on Wednesday’s cases are expected be revealed in a press conference.
There are currently 18 active cases linked to the Frankston Hospital and 12 infections linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer.
Fifteen cases are associated with Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac and 13 infections linked to Dandenong Police Station.
The average daily case number in Melbourne was at 78.6 on Tuesday.
MELBOURNE’S ROADMAP OUT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN – WHAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO AND WHEN:
Step one: The first step will come in to place on September 13.
Step two: The second step will be implemented when Melbourne has 30-50 COVID-19 cases a day on average over the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on September 28.
Step three: The move to step three will occur when there is a daily statewide average of five new cases over the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on October 26.
Step four: The move to step four will come when there have been no new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on November 23.
COVID Normal: After 28 days of no new COVID-19 cases, things will return to normal.
Step one – 11.59pm on September 13:
– Curfew will be eased to 9pm-5am
– People can still only leave home for the four reasons (shopping, exercise, work and care or medical attention)
– Public gatherings increased to two people, or a household, for a maximum of two hours
– Singles can have one nominated person to their home as part of the ‘singles social bubble’
– Childcare and early educators to remain closed
– Schools will continue to learn remotely unless they have exemptions
– Adult education to continue to be done remotely, unless they have exemption
– Only go to work if you are in a permitted industry
– Cafes and restaurants will continue with take away only
– Retail businesses will remain open for essential shopping, with others only operating with click and collect
– Only one person per household can do the essential shopping
Step two – September 28:
– Public gatherings increase again to five people from a maximum of two households
– Childcare and early educators can re-open
– Schools to continue with remote learning, but Prep to Grade Two and Year 11 and Year 12 students will gradually return to class in Term 4
– There will be an increase to permitted workplaces
Step three – October 26:
– Curfew is no longer in place
– There are no restrictions on leaving home
– Public gatherings increase to 10 people together outdoors
– A ‘household bubble’ will be introduced, so five people from one house can visit another
– Remote learning to continue, but Grades 3 to Year 11 can gradually return to class
– Adult education to continue to be done remotely, but hands on classes will see a phased return to onsite
– Work from home is encouraged
– Up to 10 people can eat together at restaurants and cafes, with the majority of tables outdoor
– Retail shops to reopen, with hairdresses operating under safety measures but beauty stores to remain closed
– Real estate agents can conduct private inspections by appointment
– The one person per household limit on shopping is to be revoked
Step four – November 23:
– Public gatherings to increase to 50 people outdoors
– Up to 20 visitors can attend a home at any one time
– All adult education will return to onsite with safety measures in place
– Groups limited to 20 indoors and a maximum of 50 patrons per venue
– All retail stores to reopen, while real estate agents can operate with safety measures and by keeping a record of attendants
Step five – COVID normal:
– Public gatherings have no restriction
– There will also be no restriction on visitors to homes
– Phased return to onsite work for work from home workers
– Schools to reopen as normal
– Restrictions on hospitality removed, but venues to continue keeping records