Premier Daniel Andrews says he is ready to be attacked for failing to ease enough restrictions when he announces on Sunday the next stage out of Melbourne’s gruelling three-month lockdown.
Hopes for significant easing soared on Saturday after the state recorded just one new COVID-19 case and no deaths but the good news came with a warning about mystery cases from both the Premier and the Chief Health Officer.
Mr Andrews has all but ruled out letting retail or hospitality open up immediately, even for outdoor dining, but he hinted that announcements on opening up shuttered businesses in Melbourne could follow within days.
The restrictions to be lifted or eased on Sunday are likely to be those on social and family gatherings in outdoor settings with public health specialists also modelling scenarios for lifting the controversial five-kilometre travel limit, potentially to 20 kilometres.
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