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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the easing of coronavirus restrictions from tomorrow night in regional Victoria will be an important first step towards a return to normal for communities across Gippsland.

Mr Chester said social isolation and the shutdown of businesses had impacted many people.

“Many people will be celebrating the end of the regulations that have kept us apart from our family and friends,” Mr Chester said.

“Business owners have been calling for these restrictions to end and for the State Government to trust them to protect their customers and staff from the virus.

“This is the welcome news many businesses throughout Gippsland have been waiting for and will allow them to welcome customers once more.

“Many businesses had already taken the necessary precautions and steps to ensure their patrons were safe before this shutdown and now will be able to implement them quickly and efficiently.”

Mr Chester thanked Gippslanders for being patient and adhering to restrictions to help minimise the spread of coronavirus.

“Thank you to all Gippslanders who have done such a good job following the rules and keeping our region safe,” Mr Chester said.

“Obviously we’re not there yet and we need to remain vigilant with social distancing, mask wearing and hand hygiene, but as I’ve been saying, there should be no reason our businesses cannot be open in a COVID-safe way.

“Let’s keep looking out for each other and putting locals first by supporting our local businesses. I know I’ll be making a booking for family dinner out at the pub as soon as I can.”

From midnight tomorrow night (Wednesday 16/9) regional Victoria will move to the Third Step of the state government’s coronavirus road to recovery.

Loosening of restrictions include:

  • Outdoor public gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Up to five visitors allowed in the home from one other household
  • Hospitality venues open with a group limit of 10 and density limits based on venue size
  • Resumption of outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people aged 18 and younger
  • Travel within Victoria across all areas in the Third Step.

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