Victoria to consider easing restrictions on Monday

Victoria to consider easing restrictions on Monday

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he will consider easing COVID-19 restrictions in the state on Monday as per a three-part roadmap announced today by the Prime Minister.

Andrews says he will be cautious and has likened the National Cabinet-approved roadmap as a "menu" from which he will pick and choose from for restrictions to relax.

"Now, whilst I welcome the overall pathway, I also welcome the commentary from the Prime Minister and the decision of National Cabinet that what is done and when, that is the timeline, the staggered nature of easing off the rules we've put in place, is fundamentally a matter for individual states and territories," Andrews said.

"On Monday, and indeed throughout next week, I will have a series of announcements to make about changes to the rules. Those rules that will not be all the rules going, and it won't necessarily be that the moment I announce something a change happens right then.

"If you think about the top line in that framework document that the Prime Minister has put out today, and the National Cabinet agreed to, that's a kind of menu, if you like. And we will choose elements of that and the respective timing for the rollout of each of those elements that best suit Victoria, that best suit the unique circumstances that we face."

The announcement comes as Victoria has announced 13 new cases of COVID-19 today.

Eight of those new cases trace back to the cluster of COVID-19 cases at the Cedar Meats Australia processing facility, while the other five are believed to be cases of community transmission.

The state's total now stands at 1,467 cases.

Updated at 2:07pm AEST on 8 May 2020.

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