Covid-19: Dan Andrews announces plans for outdoor dining but refuses to relax ...

Daniel Andrews used his daily press conference on Wednesday to spruik his plans for more outdoor dining - but refused to end Melbourne's crippling restrictions.

The Victorian government has removed the need for pubs and restaurants to get planning permits to put tables on footpaths and roads once they're allowed to re-open.

But the premier refused to ease restrictions before next week even though the state only recorded three new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, its ninth consecutive day of single-digit figures.

The Victorian government has removed the need for pubs and restaurants to get planning permits to put tables on footpaths and roads once they're allowed to re-open next week. Pictured: A computer-generated image shows a proposal in Melbourne

The Victorian government has removed the need for pubs and restaurants to get planning permits to put tables on footpaths and roads once they're allowed to re-open next week. Pictured: A computer-generated image shows a proposal in Melbourne

Melbourne residents can socialise outside but are still not allowed to visit family and friends' houses. Funerals are limited to 10 people and thousands of business are being kept shut.

Asked why he was waiting until Sunday to announce rule changes, the premier said: 'We have to wait for case numbers each day. I cannot predict what the number will be tomorrow. 

'I cannot predict what the number will be on Friday. I cannot predict what the number will be on Saturday and therefore we are waiting until Sunday and I don't think that's unreasonable.' 

Mr Andrews was also questioned over his government's extraordinary back-flip after Racing Minister Martin Pakula announced people could attend the Cox Plate horse race before reversing the decision last night following public outrage.  

The plan would have seen 1,250 people over two days attend the Moonee Valley for Friday night's Manikato Stakes and Saturday's Cox Plate. 

A premier under fire: Daniel Andrews

A premier under fire: Daniel Andrews

Mr Andrews, who has previously insisted his decisions are based on science, admitted the plan had been approved by health officials but was scrapped only due to public unpopularity. 

'It was cancelled because clearly it did not meet the expectations of the Victorian community,' he said. 

'It was the wrong call, it has been changed, it will not be happening. Let's focus not on what's happening on Saturday, but on what may be able to happen on Sunday, that is further easing of these rules,' he said.  

One Victorian wrote on Twitter: 'It has taken

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