Restrictions are due to be relaxed even further in Victoria

Time to get on the beers! Victoria's health boss hints that major changes are coming to Melbourne's strict hospitality rules as state goes five days with no new coronavirus cases

By Daily Mail Australia Reporter

Published: 04:23 GMT, 1 November 2020 | Updated: 04:23 GMT, 1 November 2020


Opening up: Melbourne on Saturday

Opening up: Melbourne on Saturday

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has hinted officials could raise cap limits and density quotas higher than initially planned for some industries, as the state celebrates its fifth straight COVID-free day.

Victoria did not record any fresh cases or deaths on Sunday, and active cases continued to tumble.

The state also reported no new infections on Saturday, with an expert panel reclassifying one case as a false positive.

'Another very good day for Victoria,' said Deputy Premier James Merlino on Sunday, filling in for state leader Daniel Andrews.

Back-to-back days without adding to Victoria's virus tally coincides with the first weekend of Melbourne cafes, restaurants and pubs reopening to walk-in customers.

More restrictions are due to ease next Sunday including the scrapping of the so-called 'ring of steel' dividing the city from the regions, along with the 25km travel limit.

Although the encouraging case numbers won't bring forward that date, Professor Sutton said authorities would mull over changes that went beyond those previously announced.

'What allowances come on November 8 will absolutely be informed by what this week looks like,' he said.

'Some of the details might change ... we can always make consideration of what caps might be in certain settings, what density quotients might be in those settings.

'And some of the specific industries that might come on board in terms of being able to operate.'

Residents walk past a cafe after coronavirus restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria

Residents walk past a cafe after coronavirus restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria

When asked if that meant relaxing density limits for restaurants and cafes, Prof Sutton said: 'Maybe not for hospitality, but it's all on the board.'

The state's virus death toll remains at 819 and the national figure at 907.

Melbourne only has a single mystery case without a known source to Thursday, while the city's average daily case count for the fortnight up to Saturday is 2.2.

There are also just 61 active cases left across the state,

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