The news that hospitality and retail in Melbourne will be reopening as of Wednesday – with many other restrictions lifting too, including those on sport – has been an overwhelmingly exciting moment for a city that has struggled through one of the most stringent lockdowns in the world.

But there’s more to look forward to: as Premier Daniel Andrews explained this afternoon, further restrictions will be rolled back on November 8. One exciting change? The 25-kilometre travel limit for Melburnians will be scrapped.

As of 11.59pm on November 8, residents of metro Melbourne will be allowed to travel to regional Victoria (and vice versa). As Andrews said, “the state will be one again.”

So what does that mean? While the premier has stressed that the November 8 changes are dependent on how the October 27 changes go, he has confirmed that accommodation will be reopening – meaning regional holidays are possible again. He also noted in the statement that Victorians have “well and truly earned a holiday”. Damn right. Most importantly, the travel change will be happy news for those with family in regional Victoria.

“I know personally – deeply – just how much this will mean for thousands of Victorians who haven’t been able to see loved ones for far too long,” the premier said in his statement today.

If you want to start tentatively planning your regional getaway, we’ve got you covered here.