Regional Victoria set for minor easing of restrictions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. (Louisa Jones) 243047_06

Geelong and most of regional Victoria are set for a slight easing of COVID-19 restrictions at midnight on Friday with the state due to reach a vaccine milestone.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the changes today as the state neared 70 per cent of all eligible people having received their first dose.

Under the changes indoor recreational facilities, including gyms, can open for up to 10 people with outdoor venues limited to 20.

But community sport competitions remain off limits with only training allowed.

Outdoor and indoor pools can open for up to 50 and 20 people respectively with hydrotherapy and swimming lessons to recommence, but spas, saunas and steam rooms remain closed.

Tour transport can recommence with up to 10 people per vehicle.

State government has also prohibited construction workers crossing the metropolitan-regional boundary for work due to building sites being a major source of COVID-19 transmission from Melbourne into regional Victoria.

Meanwhile Geelong recorded two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the city’s total active cases to 15 across seven households according to local health authorities.

The cases were among 514 recorded across the state that day. The Surf Coast Shire has one active case, with no new cases reported on Wednesday.