Coronavirus: Just one new community COVID-19 case in Melbourne as city prepares to exit lockdown

A 25km 'travel bubble' is likely to remain in place beyond the lockdown.
A 25km 'travel bubble' is likely to remain in place beyond the lockdown. Photo credit: Getty Images

Melbourne will come out of lockdown at 11:59pm on Thursday, Victoria's Acting Premier James Merlino has announced, after just one new community case was detected state-wide on Wednesday.

The single infection comes after more than 28,000 tests and has a confirmed link to the current outbreak. They have been in quarantine during their infectious period.

There are now 83 active cases in the state.

The latest figures, released on Wednesday morning, will be seen as positive news for Victorian health officials as they move to end the current lockdown on Thursday night.

Under the new rules, a new travel limit will be put in place prohibiting Melburnians from going more than 25km from their homes, but cafes, restaurants and retailers will be able to open with restrictions.

Students will be allowed to return to school, and masks will be mandatory indoors except in one's own home.

From Friday, the following rules will be in place in Melbourne:

  • Funerals capped to 50 people, weddings 10
  • Religious ceremonies capped at 50 inside
  • Offices can return at the greater of 25 percent capacity or a cap of 10
  • Restaurants and cafes can reopen with a cap of 50 inside
  • Retail can reopen with density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres
  • Beauty services can resume when a mask can be worn
  • Community sport can resume training
  • Auctions can happen outdoors with a cap of 50 people

The following rules will be in place in the rest of Victoria:

  • Home visits allowed for two adults per day, plus dependents
  • Public gatherings increased to 20 people
  • Restaurants and cafes can open but are capped at 150 per venue for seated service, 75 indoors
  • Religious services capped at 150 per venue, 75 indoors
  • Funerals capped at 75 people, weddings at 20 people
  • Offices remain capped at 50 percent
  • Community sport back for all ages for both training and competition
  • Travel within regional Victoria permitted