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Community leaders welcome step three changes

REGIONAL Victorians will move to step three of the roadmap out of lockdown today, meaning there will no longer be restrictions on leaving home, eating out or travelling for a holiday.

On Tuesday premier, Daniel Andrews said he was “absolutely delighted” to announce regional Victorians would be able to take the third step in the “safe and steady road map” to COVID-normal.

“It's a massive thing. It is such good news,” he said.

“I am so, so pleased and proud of every single regional Victorian who has stayed the course, followed the rules, got tested.”

Mr Andrews said it was a “day of hope and optimism”.

Under the third step, hospitality venues can offer dine-in services, all community sport will return for children, beauty services will reopen and up to 10 people will be able to meet outdoors.

Western District Health Service (WDHS) chief executive, Rohan Fitzgerald welcomed the announcement and said the easing of restrictions brought “hope for the future”. “In the last few weeks our emotions have been tested as we’ve been on a roller coaster ride to the easing of restrictions across regional Victoria,” he said.

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