Victoria has zero COVID cases on Friday on the first day of eased restrictions

Victoria has recorded zero local coronavirus cases ahead of the state’s long weekend with eased restrictions.

On Friday, the health department confirmed there had been no new cases in the 24 hours until midnight.

This leaves the total of the cluster at 88 and there were 17,604 tests completed on Thursday.

There are 75 active cases of the virus in the state.

Victoria’s mystery cases

This comes a day after Victoria recorded four unexplained cases, with the health department still trying to determine the acquisition source.

Victoria’s four new COVID cases are all from the same household at a home in Reservoir, but health authorities are still not sure where they contracted it from.

They are a man in his 80s, a woman in her 70s, a man in his 50s and a man in his 20s.

“We are moving ahead, but we are on high alert,” Acting Premier James Merlino said.

Melbourne residents will need to continue wearing masks in all outdoor settings under the eased restrictions. Credit: AAP

Mask backflip

Melbourne residents will need to continue wearing masks in all outdoor settings under the eased restrictions, due to concerns over the unexplained cases.

“I can confirm that the easing of restrictions that we announce yesterday will proceed as planned with one small exception for Melbourne,” Merlino said on Thursday.

“Masks will continue to be required to be on outdoors in all circumstances.”

Restriction changes

Melbourne has moved out of lockdown, but restrictions are still be strict, with home gatherings not allowed, outdoor gatherings capped at 10 people and a travel limit of 25 kilometres.

Schools reopened for face-to-face learning from Friday and hospitality can start to trade again with restaurants and cafes allowed a maximum of 100 people per venue and a maximum of 50 inside.

Gyms, amusement parks, dance studios and nightclubs will remain closed under the new restrictions.

Hairdressers and beauty therapy can restart where masks can be worn and community sport can return.

Funerals will be allowed 50 mourners and weddings are limited to 10 people.

Regional Victoria have eased restrictions further and are allowed two adult visitors to their homes each day plus dependents.

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