Tough coronavirus lockdown measures will remain in Melbourne for another two weeks, with several measures to remain in place through to the end of October.

The Victorian Government has released its roadmap from lockdown to COVID-normal, and that begins with a two-week extension of stage 4 lockdown through to September 28th.

The night curfew, travel limits, and more measures will remain in place for Melbourne until October 26th, with Premier Daniel Andrews declaring Victoria “can’t run out of lockdown.”

“I apologise for the circumstances we find ourselves in; I apologise for the reality we find ourselves in,” he said.

“I want a Christmas that is as close to normal as possible and this is the only way – these steps are the only way – that we will get to that point.”

Step one begins on September 13th, the key changes being a 9pm curfew instead of 8pm, as well as two hours of exercise allowed instead of one.

People living alone and single parents with children under the age of 18, will also be able to nominate one visitor to their homes.

Step two will begin on September 28th of Melbourne can bring its daily case numbers down to an average of 30-50.

At this stage, childcare and early education will reopen and Outdoor public gatherings of up to five people from two households will be allowed.

Most workplaces will be permitted to reopen as well.

A third step is prepared for October 26th, with curfew to be removed and the restrictions on leaving home also gone, while up to 10 people will be allowed to gather outside.

Five people will be able to visit from another household, creating two-household social bubbles. Some retail will open, as well on-site dining with restrictions.

However, this stage will only be reached if Victoria state records an average of fewer than five new daily cases and five “mystery cases” on average over a two week period.

All going to plan, the final step will come into place on November 23rd of there are no new cases for two weeks in Victoria.

And if there are no cases for 28 days, restrictions will be almost fully relaxed.

The roadmap announcement comes a day after Victoria Police made several arrests at an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne.

Victoria’s full roadmap can be viewed here.

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