Don't expect pubs to reopen in Victoria any time soon

Don't expect pubs to reopen in Victoria any time soon

A cold glass of beer at the local pub might be what many of us need right now, but Victorians will have to hold onto that fantasy for a while longer.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes will not re-open for anything other than takeaway or delivery any time soon, but other social distancing measures may be relaxed in the near term.

"I want to make it clear though that the notion that pubs are open any time soon - restaurants, bars, cafes - I don't think that will be the case," said Andrews in a press conference this morning.

"The risk will be far greater than any reward. I think there are some areas where we might be able to make changes in around the way people interact, around some of the more social measures.

"I understand why you want to ask me 100 questions about that, I don't have answers to those, I'm trying to give people a sense that there is hope here. These numbers are good. This strategy is working."

The optimism comes as Victoria reported only one new case of Covid-19 on Sunday, taking the state's total to 1,329.

Updated at 11:36am AEST on 20 April 2020.

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