After hitting its 70% first dose vaccination target, Victoria has earned a reward with modest easing of restrictions from Thursday night.

As reported by The Age, the government has decided to celebrate the wonderful max milestone by bringing forward the planned easing of restrictions that was due to be implemented on Sunday. The new slight changes to COVID-19 restrictions will now come into effect from 11:59pm on Thursday night. Be warned that it’s just a “modest” change to the existing rules and for good reason: the state did still record a huge 512 COVID cases, the highest number in the latest outbreak.

But hey, we’re not ones to turn our noses up at a picnic in the park; cider and sandwiches just doesn’t hit the same in a cramped living room. Outdoor social gatherings will now be added to the list of acceptable reasons to leave home, with up to five people from any two households permitted but only if those over 18-years-old have had two vaccination jabs. If they are unvaccinated or have had just one vaccination dose, the gathering limit then reduces to two people.

If you’ve been yearning to get working out again, two people will be able to exercise outdoors with a personal trainer, while skate parks and outdoor communal exercise equipment will also reopen. And the time limit for exercise will be doubled from the existing two hour limit to four hours. The 5km limit on most movement outside the home increases to 10km too.

As this is a breaking story, make sure to check back in with us as news develops. And it might also be a good idea to get vaccinated if you haven’t done so already?

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