Four new COVID-19 cases as Melbourne prepares for restrictions to ease

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Acting Premier James Merlino said masks must still be worn outdoors in Melbourne as lockdown eases.

The state recorded just two new infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of locally acquired cases in the outbreak to 85.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said there were four main theories, with the most likely being the man transmitted the virus to a staff member while in transit or to a fellow guest inside one of the hotels.

There are now 83 active cases statewide, with exposure sites dipping below 200.

But chief health officer Brett Sutton said he "always had it in mind" the state needed to get back down to zero cases before fully easing restrictions.

"They're not identified as close contacts, none of them has given a history of being at an exposure site", Professor Cheng said. A man in his 80s is said to have become symptomatic on June 7th, and sought a test the following day.

While the city looks to be on track for reopening, the final decision will likely depend on how many new Covid-19 cases emerged overnight and whether the state sees a rise in unlinked mystery infections. Masks will still be required indoors.

Despite relaxing mask rules outside yesterday the government has made them compulsory outdoors again. In addition, visits to other people's homes will remain banned.

"It is inconvenient but an easy thing to do", Mr Merlino told reporters.

"We are used to it, we know it works, and as we come out of this period and lockdown, while we are driving these new cases to ground, I think it is a logical and common-sense step to take", he said.

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'That will extend beyond any announcements that we will make later in the week.

Lockdown will end at 11.59pm tonight for Melbourne.

"It's still there, and I still need everyone to come forward who develops any symptoms at all who lives in the Sunshine Coast, or Goondiwindi or Toowoomba - it's very, very important".

It comes as officials discuss a 25km travel limit from home as part of eased restrictions for Melbourne.

Outdoor gatherings will likely be restricted to ten people, while capacity limits will be cast over venues, with cafes and restaurants limited to 50 customers.

However, settings deemed high-risk such as gyms, amusement parks, dance studios and nightclubs will remain closed.

Queensland Health is still working to track down close contacts of the infected pair, who escaped the Melbourne lockdown in a auto last week.

Emma Cassar, the head of COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria, said the man also mistakenly opened his room door soon after entering hotel quarantine but she doesn't believe the incident is responsible for the virus escaping.

Coles Bundoora Square has been marked as a Tier Two site after a person shopped at the supermarket while potentially infectious.

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