Victoria records zero new cases of coronavirus on Melbourne’s first weekend of freedom from draconian lockdown
- Victoria recorded no new local Covid-19 cases with only two in hotel quarantine
- Results came after 19,502 tests conducted and 12,242 vaccines distributed
- Melbourne residents enjoyed weekend of travel freedom as restrictions eased
The Department of Health announced on Sunday only two new cases were recorded in hotel quarantine.
The results came after 19,502 tests were conducted and 12,242 vaccines were administered in the last 24 hours.
There are 51 active cases in the state, including those in hotel quarantine who acquired their infection overseas.
Melbourne residents have also enjoyed their first weekend of travel freedom following the easing of more restrictions.
Victoria has recorded no new local Covid-19 cases while Melbourne residents have enjoyed their first weekend of travel freedom as more restrictions are eased
The Department of Health announced on Sunday only two new cases were recorded in hotel quarantine
Both the 25 kilometre radius rule and the ban on regional travel were scrapped on Friday.
Melbourne residents can also host two adult visitors in their homes per day and gather outdoors in groups of 20.
Masks are no longer required outdoors either, while businesses such as gyms and indoor entertainment have reopened.
A negative test requirement for Melburnians heading to the snowfields is the only new condition on intrastate travel.
Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton said snow resorts posed a ‘high-risk environment’.
‘The industry has to be protected,’ he said. ‘A single case infectious on the mountain would be a potential superspreader event.’
Acting Premier James Merlino would not rule out the additional measure remaining in place beyond June 25, when restrictions are likely to ease again for Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Weekend plans to escape to the city were also dashed after Melburnians were told to steer clear of storm-ravaged regions as clean-up efforts continue.
Parts of the state, including the Dandenong Ranges and Gippsland, were hit by devastating storms and floods last week.
There are 51 active cases in the state, including those in hotel quarantine who acquired their infection overseas
Melbourne residents may be free to roam but have been told to steer clear of storm-ravaged regions as clean-up efforts continue (pictured, residents observe flood water in Traralgon, Victoria)
Around 7,000 homes are still without power with forecasts some will not be reconnected to the grid until as late as July 10.
‘My strong message to anyone that is not a local, that does not live up here, stay away,’ Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said on Thursday.
‘You’ll be getting in the way of all the great work trying to clear the roads.’
As well as road closures, many national parks have been shut after being deemed inaccessible or dangerous.
The Dandenong and Yarra ranges national parks and 11 others to Victoria’s east are among the long list off-limits to visitors.
A negative test requirement for Melburnians heading to the snowfields is the only new condition on intrastate travel (pictured, a child hits the slopes on Mount Buller)