Victorians allowed five visitors at home

Victorians will be able to have five family and friends in their home from 11.59pm on Tuesday but Premier Daniel Andrews has warned it’s far from party time.

The state government announced on Monday a fifth reason to leave home, with the easing back of some COVID-19 restrictions in place until May 31.

“They should be family and friends, after all, that are the people that mean the most to us and that’s where it’s hurt; people not being able to connect with the people that are most important to them,” Mr Andrews announced on Monday.

But it’s not an open invitation to host dinner parties every night, he warned.

“This is far from over. This is an opportunity for a first step that is safe, cautious and appropropriate,” Mr Andrews said.

Gatherings of 10 people outdoors will also be allowed as long as social distancing is observed.

The premier’s beloved game of golf, walking groups, fishing and hiking are among the outdoor activities back on the list of allowed activities.

Professional sport teams including AFL and rugby league will be able to get back to training from just before midnight on Tuesday.

“Training resuming paves the way for footy to be back,” he said.

Students are expected to be able to get back in the classroom by the end of term two, Mr Andrews said.

“We now believe a gradual staged return to face-to-face learning is safe, cautious and appropriate given the testing we have done and the circumstances we face,” he said.

Further details on schools will be released later.

Victorians should continue to work from home where possible.

Up to 10 guests can attend a wedding along with the bride and groom, and celebrant, while indoor funerals can host up to 20 people plus those needed to run the service.

The change in restrictions will remain in place until 11.59pm on May 31, with the renewed state of emergency.

The state recorded another seven coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing Victoria’s total to 1494.

One of the latest cases is related to an outbreak at Cedar Meats in Melbourne’s west, taking the total number of abattoir-linked cases to 77.

Four of the latest cases were returned travellers and two cases are under investigations.

More than 161,000 Victorians have been tested for COVID-19 as part of a testing blitz in the past fortnight, with data gathered used to help decide how and when to ease restrictions.

The government has set its sights on performing another 150,000 tests by the end of May.

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