Regional Victoria will move to step three of its coronavirus reopening plan from Thursday, meaning sitting in a restaurant, meeting up to 10 people outdoors, kids' sport and travelling for a holiday will all be allowed.
However, the ABC reports that masks will remain mandatory and there will still be tight restrictions on the number of people who can visit you at home.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the changes were possible because the daily average for new cases in regional Victoria was down to 3.6 and there had been no mystery cases for two weeks.
"I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that regional Victoria, from 11:59pm tomorrow [Wednesday] night, will be able to take the third step in our safe and steady road map to COVID-normal," Mr Andrews said.
"It's a massive thing. It is such good news. I am so, so pleased and proud of every single regional Victorian who has stayed the course, followed the rules, got tested.
Parks Victoria says they are aware of this new information with regard to regional communities progressing to the Third Step of the Victorian Government's reopening roadmap. They are currently working through how this impacts Parks Victoria and we'll update their website as soon as possible.
Currently restrictions and closures are still in place for the following parks:
- Kinglake National Park (Masons Falls visitor area closed)
- Lower Glenelg National Park (Princess Margaret Rose Cave closed)
- Port Campbell National Park - 12 Apostles (Visitor numbers capped at 280 people at any one time. Expect delays during busy periods)
- Serendip Sanctuary (Closed)
- Alpine National Park (Access to alpine resorts closed, rest of park open)
- Buchan Caves Reserve (Cave tours closed, reserve open)
- State Coal Mine (Underground tours closed, site open)
- Wilsons Promontory National Park (Open from 8am to 6pm daily from Wednesday 16 September. Some areas remain closed including Mt Oberon Summit Walk, Northern and Southern overnight hikes, Telegraph Saddle car park and Tidal River Visitor Information Centre. No entry to the park after 4pm)
- 1,000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial Walk (Closed)
- Redwood Forest Warburton (Closed)
- Point Nepean National Park (Fort Nepean, including underground tunnels and buildings closed)
- St Kilda Pier (Penguin viewing platform closed)
- Werribee Mansion (Closed, Werribee Park grounds open)
- Mount Donna Buang (Closed)
- William Ricketts Sanctuary (Closed)
- Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (Gift shop closed)