Victoria’s hiatus from the coronavirus was short, with eight deaths taking the state toll to 737 and the national figure to 824.
Tuesday was the first day Victoria had lost no fatalities in the second wave since July 13.
But there was more good news: The crucial 14-day average of new cases in Melbourne fell below 50.
It is now 49.6, with regional Victoria also dropping back to 3.5.
The 14-day moving average is an important metric in the state government’s roadmap to avoid coronavirus restrictions.
Victoria had 42 new cases on Wednesday, just like Tuesday.
Regional Victoria’s restrictions will disappear at midnight, but Melbourne remains in the fourth phase of the lockdown.
Authorities are stepping up roadblocks and creating the so-called “ring of steel” around the city to ensure that city residents do not try to take advantage of relaxed regional measures.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has warned drivers traveling out of town to expect longer waiting times as police tighten checkpoints.
“I’m sorry to say that this means there will be significant queues, there will be travel problems,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Melbourne’s lockdown rules remain unchanged and people cannot leave the city without specific reasons.
The next step for regional Victoria means that pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to serve people outside with strict density quotas, while the limits for outdoor collection are raised to 10.
Regional Victorians will also be able to leave their homes indefinitely and reopen all shops.
The prime minister said the Melburnians should be inspired by rolling back restrictions rather than getting discouraged.
“I would encourage people not to see it that way and instead see it as positive evidence,” he said.
Melbourne will move to the next step of reopening on Sept. 28 as the 14-day average of the case continues to drop to between 30-50.
Metropolitan Melbourne residents are subject to Stage 4 restrictions and must adhere to a curfew between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM. During curfew, people in Melbourne can only leave their home for work and for essential health, care or safety reasons.
Between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, people in Melbourne can leave home to exercise, purchase necessary goods and services, work, provide healthcare, or care for a sick or elderly relative. The full list of restrictions can be found here.
All Victorians are required to wear a face covering when they leave home, wherever they live.
People in Australia should stay at least 5 feet away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on collecting limits.
If you have cold or flu symptoms, stay at home and arrange for a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus