Premier announces lockdown change
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew has announced that the five day ‘’circuit breaker’’ lockdown in the state will lift from 11:59pm tonight.
Here is the Premier's statement:
I’ll cut straight to the chase, today is good news.
Because of the efforts of every Victorian – the sacrifices and the hard slog – we can be confident that slowly, and surely, we are driving the virus into the ground.
It hasn’t been easy or straightforward. In fact, for those Victorians who are part of our health response, it’s been bloody hard work.
3,400 close contacts identified and isolated. Thousands of hours of painstaking interviews.
212,000 tests processed. 850,000 text messages into communities.
An exacting, intricate and exhausting job against a more wicked enemy than we’ve known before.
I want to thank those Victorians who’ve made it possible – and I want to thank every Victorian for their patience.
Because of you, we’ve been able to track, trace and corner this mutant and more infectious strain of the virus.
It also means we’re able to ease most of the restrictions, getting us back to our COVIDSafe Summer.
From 11:59pm tonight, we will largely return to the previous rules – while keeping a watchful eye on some of the riskier settings.
There’ll no longer be four reasons to leave home. The five-kilometre restriction will no longer apply.