Regional Victoria to move to step three

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Those over 18 can only participate in non-contact sports.

Mr Andrews says he has no problem with the protest, so long as people aren't breaking the state's restrictions, and that they don't become personal.

"The last time I was in that shed was when I carried my father's coffin out of it, and I think that that is - I won't use the words that my father would use to describe that sort of act - that's just low", Mr Andrews said on Tuesday. "To that end, people will be able to gather in groups of 10 in outdoor public places, without a limit on the number of households", he said.

Five visitors will also be allowed to visit a home, all retail, including hairdressers, will reopen, and outdoor non-contact sport for adults and all community sport for children can resume.

Outdoor pools and playgrounds have reopened, and religious services can be conducted outside with a maximum of five people plus a faith leader. The next target for easing coronavirus restrictions in the state is an average daily case rate of 30 to 50 cases over a fortnight by 28 September.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced step three of the Victorian Government's COVID-19 roadmap will come into effect from 11.59pm on Wednesday.

When the Mitchell Shire, and the remainder of regional Victoria, move to the third step, it will mean the four reasons to leave the house will be removed, and people will start to see the reopening of dining, with restricted numbers, at hospitality businesses, and larger public gatherings.

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Metropolitan Melbourne's 14-day rolling average is now 52.9 cases per day.

It comes as the Victorian Premier faces heavy criticism after extending the lockdown measures to October 26, despite the decrease in new daily coronavirus cases.

Whittlesea beauty therapy salon Beauty on Walnut was one of many relieved after being told they could open in the third step.

"We've been closed for almost 20 weeks so by the time we open, I think we've gone through more than five months of closures", she said.

However, Melbourne is largely still subject to strict Stage 4 restrictions, meaning most businesses are still closed. The Victorian Chamber will continue to advocate for support for businesses impacted by COVID restrictions.

In Hume, there were 75 active cases from a total of 1631 cases recorded.

"It is such good news, I am so, so pleased and proud of every single regional Victorian who has stayed the course, followed the rules, got tested".

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