Victoria travel restrictions scrapped as state records no new Covid cases for nine days

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Daniel Andrews announces an easing of a range of restrictions but says mask rules must remain in place
Daniel Andrews has announced the so-called "ring of steel" separating metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will be scrapped along with travel restrictions for city residents, as the state recorded no new cases of Covid-19 and no deaths for the ninth day in a row.

Declaring it "a day to be optimistic", the Victorian premier said on Sunday that the state would take the next step in easing longstanding coronavirus restrictions by removing the checkpoints between Melbourne and the rest of the state from midnight.

"Families will be able to be together again," he told reporters.

"Today is a day to be proud as Victorians of what we have been able to achieve. There has been a lot of pain and hurt and there is a need for healing, for investment, for all sorts of repair. The most important thing … is to stay the course on this – to be as stubborn as the virus."

The ban on travelling from Melbourne to regional Victoria was introduced during the state's devastating second-wave outbreak. It will be scrapped as a number of other restrictions are eased. From Monday the rules that had applied to regional…
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