Nation Opens up Gradually as Virus Cases Ease

Pockets of Australia have begun to open up as COVID-19 case numbers drop and the nation had its first fatality-free day since mid-July.

The hardest-hit state of Victoria will see eased restrictions outside Melbourne from midnight on Wednesday, with outdoor gathering limits increased to groups of 10 and hospitality and entertainment allowed.

People in regional Victoria will also be able to leave their homes without restriction and all shops can re-open.

Premier Daniel Andrews asked Melburnians to see it as an encouraging step that further success can be achieved, despite there being no immediate changes to Melbournes lockdown rules.

Melbourne will move to its next step of reopening on September 28 if the 14-day average falls to 30-50.

It stands at 52.9.

The city took its first tentative steps out of lockdown on Sept 14, with those living alone or single parents allowed to have one visitor, outdoor exercise extended to two hours and the curfew start time put back an hour to 9pm.

Overnight, South Australia lifted its COVID-19 border restrictions with the ACT, but quarantine measures for people from NSW will remain for the foreseeable future.

Travellers flying in from Canberra will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days, but will not be allowed to arrive by road.

They will still need to seek pre-approval online and will be asked to declare they have not been in NSW or Victoria in the previous 14 days.

SAs border changes mean that people can now travel unrestricted from the ACT, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said it was also important on a national level as a significant step towards restarting domestic aviation.

Barr said he expected considerable demand for flights from Canberra to Adelaide.

SA and the ACT reported no new virus cases on Tuesday and both have no active infections.

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