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Further easing

VICTORIA will ease further out of COVID-19 restrictions from 11.59pm tomorrow night.

In a press conference this morning, acting premier James Merlino said he was excited to announce restriction changes for both regional areas and metropolitan Melbourne.

The announcement followed five new locally acquired COVID-19 cases recorded yesterday plus three acquired oversees.

Victoria has 55 active cases of COVID-19.

With stable numbers, Mr Merlino said “the state will come back together from 11.59pm”.

Melbourne residents will need to apply with the most recent restrictions for regional Victoria, while the regions will experience further easing.

From Friday, regional Victorians can host public gatherings with a maximum of 50 people.

Restaurants will be able to host 300 guests per venue for seated service, while small businesses can seat up to 25 people before density limits of two people per two square metres apply, with a maximum of 50 patrons.

Religious gatherings can go ahead with a maximum of 300 people per venue, funerals can have up to 100 people, while weddings will be capped at 50.

Office caps have been increased to 75 per cent capacity or 30 people, whichever is greater.

Locals will also be able to welcome five visitors to their home, plus dependants.

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