Live: Regional Victoria wakes up to relaxed restrictions, $5,000 fine to stop people fleeing Melbourne

Regional Victorian pubs, hotels and beauty salons will reopen for the first time in months after a significant relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

A $5,000 fine is being brought in to stop people fleeing Melbourne, where tough restrictions still apply.

Follow today’s events as they unfold.

Live updates

By Nicholas McElroy

If in regional Victoria, are masks required for a solitary walk on the beach? Or can you just carry to put on should another person be encountered?

-Tom

By Nicholas McElroy

If in regional Victoria, are masks required for a solitary walk on the beach? Or can you just carry to put on should another person be encountered?

-Tom

By Nicholas McElroy

This is why getting a pathology test in the era of coronavirus is safe

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By Alicia Nally

By Nicholas McElroy

In anticipation of some questions from Regional Victorians

 

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By Nicholas McElroy

Hotel quarantine guests with coronavirus allowed to leave, inquiry told

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By Elias Clure 

By Nicholas McElroy

Good morning Nicholas, a bright and early start to the blog! I hope you have a wonderful day.

-Deb

Thanks Deb, you too.

 

By Nicholas McElroy

Free movement on the NSW/Victoria border for permit holders

Restrictions on the New South Wales/Victorian border will be further eased today, allowing border communities more freedom to move about. 

From today, the border region will be expanded to include the communities around Pleasant Hills, Lockhart, Benalla, Bright and Mount Beauty.

It means anyone with an existing border region permit will be able to travel into the expanded areas.

The easing of restrictions in regional Victoria means those border residents will no longer have to comply with stay at home orders.

By Jessica Kidd 

By Nicholas McElroy

Hotels are chasing a new market with holiday deals to fill empty beds

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Australian hotels are recovering from COVID-19 restrictions at very different paces with regional sites doing much better than capital city hotels reliant on corporate travel.

  
Some parts of the country are experiencing a boom, with data supplied to the ABC by analytics company STR showing south west WA hotels are more than 30 per cent busier than this time last year.

By Nicholas McElroy

Pubs, hotels and beauty salons open as restrictions ease

Regional Victoria has entered step three of its coronavirus reopening plan, after recording a consistent drop in case numbers. 

  
Under the eased restrictions, all retail stores will open and beauty services can resume provided a face covering is worn.

  
Residents can gather in groups of ten outdoors and restaurants can dine ten people inside, and 50 people outside. 

  
Police have warned that Melbourne residents who try to enter regional Victoria to enjoy the eased restrictions face fines of up to $5,000.

The much-welcome relaxation is possible because regional Victoria is averaging less than five new cases of the virus daily.

By Nicholas McElroy

Good morning all

Welcome to the ABC News coronavirus live blog. Hope everyone’s well this Thursday.

There should be plenty of updates around with restrictions in Regional Victoria easing.

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