When can we expect COVID-19 restrictions to ease in Victoria?

1 May 2020

Written by: Nadia Mahroof

Coronavirus testing paramount to easing restrictions across the state.

In a press conference on Friday morning, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said that an ease in restrictions heavily relies on the state government’s goal of 100,000 coronavirus tests before May 11.

“The more tests we can get done in the lead-up to 11 May, the more options we will have to potentially ease some of the rules,” Andrews said.

“If we are going to change those settings, then we need to be really clear on how much virus is out there in the Victorian community that we didn’t previously know about.”

With Northern Territory set to roll back restrictions starting today, outdoor activities like fishing and golf will be returning to the “new normal”. Meanwhile, Victorians are likely to be facing coronavirus restrictions potentially longer than the May 11 deadline.

“Every state is different, about 10 percent of our cases we can’t track them back to an overseas traveller,” said Andrews. “Not every state is like that. Some states have no community transmission at all.”

He has also urged Victorians to continue to obey stage three restrictions, stating that the status of coronavirus in Victoria is “very, very fragile” despite low numbers.

“Keep following the rules, keep staying at home, keep doing the right thing by your family and by every Victorian family following those important rules.”

As of today, there have been 1364 cases of coronavirus in Victoria, which is an increase of three with no further deaths.

“Too many have given too much, including some people who have died, for us to wind these rules back and have this virus get away from us,” said Andrews. “That’s why testing is so important.”

To get tested for coronavirus, you can visit one of the 10 mobile testing sites located at the following shopping centres across the state:

  • Bayside Shopping Centre, Frankston
  • Bunnings, West Footscray
  • Chadstone Shopping Centre
  • Doncaster Shopping Centre
  • Highpoint Shopping Centre
  • Northland Shopping Centre
  • Pacific Werribee
  • Pacific Epping
  • Watergardens Town Centre
  • Westfield Fountain Gate


Photo: Kid of COVID-19, Coronavirus by Sharon McCutcheon available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.