For the rest of 2020 and likely into next year, Melburnians can brace for warning face masks.
As confirmed by the Victorian Premier at midnight on Tuesday, a limit of two adults from one household will visit another home once a day.
From 11.59 pm on Tuesday, a whole host of improvements will come into effect, including hospitality capable of reopening to limited diners, extending outdoor meetings and resuming beauty services.
But there is one law for the next six months that is not supposed to be lifted.
For some time to come, masks need to be with us around the whole state. It’s irritating, I agree. I know no one really loves wearing a mask,’ said Daniel Andrews on Tuesday.
When asked how long he wanted them to be obligatory, he said at least until the end of the year.
“We will be wearing masks, I think, at least into the end of the year and we could wear them into next year,” he said.
“This is one of those trade-offs. If we’re going to have that Ring of Steel gone on November 8 and we’re going to have people from Melbourne travelling into regional Victoria and vice versa, masks need to be with us across the whole state.
“I am going to hold out on this, because I do think that it does serve a very useful purpose.”