Regional Victorian restrictions to ease

Regional Victoria will emerge from lockdown as the state records three new COVID-19 cases.

Residents outside of metropolitan Melbourne will be able to leave home for any reason after 11.59pm on Thursday, Acting Premier James Merlino has confirmed.

It comes as Victoria records three new cases out of 57,519 tests and Melbourne’s lockdown is extended until 11.59pm on June 10.

The three cases – including an Arcare Maidstone aged care resident – are all primary close contacts of existing cases.

A child of a previously identified case in the Whittlesea area and a worker from Stratton Finance at Port Melbourne make up the other two cases.

Under eased restrictions for regional Victoria, there will be no limit on how far people can travel and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 will be allowed.

Mask will remain compulsory indoors and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible.

Schools, retail and hospitality will also be able to reopen.

Last year’s so-called “ring of steel” to enforce the differing restrictions between Melbourne and regional Victoria isn’t coming back, with roving police patrols to be used instead.

Regional businesses will have to check the IDs of customers to ensure they aren’t from Melbourne.

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