Live: Melbourne suburbs prepare for new lockdown as restrictions ease in NSW

Ten postcodes in Victoria are set to head into a new round of coronavirus lockdowns from midnight tonight as cases continue to rise in the state.

But in New South Wales restrictions are continuing to ease, with community sport resuming and increased numbers permitted in larger outdoor venues.

Follow today’s events as they unfold.

Live updates

By Peter Marsh

No regrets about locking out Victoria

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was just talking to ABC News Breakfast and was asked if it was a “controversial” decision to lock out Victorians when deciding to re-open Queensland’s borders. Here’s what the Premier had to say:

“I don’t think it is controversial. I think it is the tough measures that we had to take. We want people to enjoy coming to Queensland. We want them to spend money in our economy.The rest of the country is welcome to come to Queensland, they have to fill out a border declaration, stating very clearly they haven’t been to any local government areas in Victoria over the last 14 days, but there has been an incredible spike of cases in Victoria. This is a cautious approach but I think it’s definitely one that is supported by Queenslanders and I understand now that the South Australian Premier may also be looking at taking these measures as well. We want Victoria to get this under control.”

By Peter Marsh

Restrictions are easing in New South Wales

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As their southern friends get ready for more lockdowns, people in New South Wales will be able to enjoy some more easing of restrictions.

Here’s a quick look at what’s easing from today:

  • Community sport can resume
  • Large outdoor venues can accommodate up to 10,000 fans
  • Indoor venues like pubs and cafes won’t have a limit on how many people are allowed inside as long as they stay sitting and observe social distancing
  • Museums, galleries, libraries and some cinemas can reopen with the same rules as above
  • There will be increased numbers allowed on public transport

By Peter Marsh

Good morning

Hey there everybody. Peter Marsh here to bring you the latest on the coronavirus situation in Australia.

   
It’s all eyes on Victoria today, as 10 postcodes prepare to head into a fresh lockdown amid rising case numbers. But we’ll, of course, bring you plenty of updates from across Australia and from around the globe as we’ve been snoozing.

   
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