/ 18 February 2021

Victoria breathes easy

That sound you could hear yesterday morning was a sigh of relief as Victorians found out the state’s 5-day hard lockdown was to end at 11.59pm last night. That means that schools, offices and businesses are reopening, but mask-wearing is still mandatory. Five people can visit a home, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 20 people. And crowds will be allowed back into the Oz Open today. It comes as the state recorded no new coronavirus cases yesterday with a record 39,000 tests processed. Premier Daniel Andrews heralded the success of the ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown, but critics wonder what it was all for, given the economic and social costs. You can find a nifty explainer to Victoria’s current restrictions here.

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