Victoria's state of emergency extended as Melbourne's new rules start from midnight

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state of emergency has been extended for four more weeks, but there will be changes from today.

“Regional Victoria will take one step today, and they will potentially, around the middle of the week, reach those thresholds of less than five cases, a 14-day average. They are at 4.1 cases now per day,” Mr Andrews said.

“I wanted to remind, as part of that safe and steady steps, part of the roadmap, from 11.59pm tonight, so essentially from midnight tonight, Melbourne moves from Stage Four restrictions to the first step of our roadmap which brings small, I fully acknowledge, small changes that allow for more social interaction and more time outside.

“Social bubbles for those living alone or single parents - they will be allowed to have one other person in their home.

“Exercise is extended for two hours, split over a maximum of two sessions, but that goes obviously from one hour to two hours, and the notion of time outside, time outdoors, whilst at the moment it is just for exercise, it will also now be from midnight tonight for social interaction with one other person or members of your household.

“Of course, as we move towards the warmer months, the curfew is extended from 8:00pm from tomorrow night essentially, from midnight tonight, so apply from Monday night from 8:00pm to 9:00pm, so an extra hour of that freedom of movement.”

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