From 11.59pm on Wednesday September 16, regional Victoria’s stage-three lockdown restrictions are easing. Premier Daniel Andrews announced the news in a press conference on Tuesday morning.

That means the four reasons to leave home will no longer apply; outdoor gathering limits will increase to 10 people; and a household bubble will be introduced, where up to five people from a nominated household will be allowed to visit your home.

Hospitality and entertainment will also be allowed – predominantly outdoor and subject to gathering limits – and most workplaces will reopen.

“Every single business across regional Victoria will be required to have a Covid-safe plan, and those plans will be enforced from 28 September,” Andrews cautioned.

“This is a credit to everyone in regional Victoria. I am proud of you. I am grateful to you.”