Victoria to ease coronavirus restrictions from midnight

Victoria to ease coronavirus restrictions from midnight
Victoria will return to its "COVIDSafe Summer" restrictions that were in place over the Christmas period from 11.59pm today. 
The announcement comes after two new local cases were diagnosed in the last 24 hours, both connected to the state's Holiday Inn cluster.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said both new cases were already isolating and posed no further risk. (9News)
Both cases are close contacts linked to the Coburg function outbreak.
The cases have been isolating in hotel quarantine due to their household circumstances. 
"They pose no risk to public health more broadly," Premier Daniel Andrews said.
The state's new restrictions will include 30 visitors allowed in a home, up from five.
Masks will be required only in high-risk indoor settings, such as public transport, rideshare vehicles and taxis, and large retail settings such as shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.
Up to 100 people are allowed to gather outdoors. 
Public and private sector workers in Victoria will be able to return to the office at a capacity of 75 per cent for the first time. 
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The COVID-19 Vaccination Hub at Melbourne Airport run by Western Health. Vaccinations are boosting the confidence of people across the country of life slowing returning to normal. (Supplied/ Penny Stephens/Western Health)
"That is very important, in terms of retail trade, hospitality, food and beverage - that whole part of the economy," Mr Andrews said. 
The expanded capacity will help drive foot traffic back to Melbourne's CBD and in regional areas, he said.
Before today's announcement, the state had recorded six days with no local cases of COVID-19.
More than 16,500 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours.
The 14-day incubation period for a bulk of close contacts linked to the Holiday Inn cluster ends today.
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