After weeks of strict stay at home orders, Melbourne is gradually emerging from lockdown, with further easing of restrictions coming into effect as of 11:59pm on 17 June.
Among the raft of changes, the metro border and 25km travel ban have been removed, masks are no longer required outdoors and private gatherings of two guests per day will be allowed at the home. Gyms and other indoor entertainment venues have also been given the green light to re-open.
Though the 25km travel ban has been be scrapped, under a strict new measure, Acting Premier James Merlino said Melburnians wanting to travel to the snow this season must return a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing.
"We want to keep regional Victoria free of this virus," he said. "That's why the public health team have recommended slightly stronger settings for metropolitan Melbourne."
The new restrictions will be in place for at least the next week.
Chief Health Officer professor Brett Sutton thanked Victorians for their commitment to getting tested and reminded all Victorians to isolate if they experienced any symptoms, get a COVID-19 test and, for those eligible for vaccination, to get one as soon as possible.