Expectations that Victoria would begin to ease lockdown restrictions in Melbourne earlier than the planned have been put on hold by Premier Daniel Andrews as the state deals with a minor Covid-19 outbreak in the city’s Northern metro area.
Andrews labelled it a “cautious pause”, but offered some hope that an announcement on easing could be made on Tuesday.
“I know plenty of people were looking forward to some good news today. And soon, very soon, we’ll have some,” he said.
“I do hope to make definitive announcements about opening up metropolitan Melbourne and a couple of days’ time.”
Andrews said the city was still on track to reopen on November 1, but it may happen earlier based on testing being conducted in the city’s north today.