Melbourne COVID lockdown restrictions, rules easing: Victorians wake up to freedom

Victoria’s latest COVID-19 challenge is far from over, despite the end of the Melbourne lockdown and the further easing of regional restrictions.

As the relaxed rules came into effect at midnight on Thursday, health authorities were trying to work out how four members of a Melbourne family with no known links to current outbreaks tested positive for the virus.

Victorian health officials had started interviewing a couple late on Thursday after they travelled through NSW to Queensland and tested positive, sparking health alerts in those states.

The government eased restrictions at 11.59pm on Thursday, after a two-week stint in isolation for people in Melbourne.

Those outside of Melbourne had their restrictions eased a week earlier.

On Thursday, Acting Premier James Merlino confirmed that Victoria’s capital was leaving lockdown in the dust, but some restrictions remain while others haven’t been removed entirely.

Melburnians can breathe a sigh of relief as they wake up on Friday in the knowledge that their fourth lockdown has come to an end. Credit: Sam Aitken/

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