Parts of Victoria to enjoy more freedoms in hours as vaccine target reached

A raft of new freedoms will take effect across parts of Victoria from tonight with those who are fully vaccinated able to enjoy more benefits than those who are not.

Victoria to lift some COVID-19 restrictions from midnight tonight

Melbourne and Ballarat’s lockdown restrictions will ease from 11.59pm after the state reached its 70 per cent first-dose vaccination target.

By the end of today there will be a sixth reason for Victorians in lockdown to leave home – for outdoor social interaction.

The state’s path out of COVID-19 lockdown is down to residents following public health guidelines, an infectious diseases expert says.

Professor Robert Booy told Today he welcomed the easing of some restrictions across Melbourne and Ballarat as the move was good for people’s mental health, but rising case numbers remained a worry.

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“Melbourne struggled, Victoria to a lesser extent has too … The numbers keep going up.

READ MORE: What you need to know about lockdown restrictions easing in Victoria

© Photograph by Chris Hopkins A crowded Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy , Melbourne.

“The lockdowns have been as strict as they could make them. It comes down now to people’s compliance.”

Professor Booy said the high transmissibility of the virus among frontline workers was driving cases up in Victoria.

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“It’s a real struggle. Maybe the compliance of front-line workers can be improved.”

Victoria yesterday recorded its largest daily COVID-19 tally of the current outbreak with 514 new local cases.

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