Live: Regional Victoria wakes up to relaxed restrictions, $5,000 fine to stop people fleeing Melbourne

Regional Victorian pubs, hotels and beauty salons will reopen for the first time in months after a significant relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

A $5,000 fine is being brought in to stop people fleeing Melbourne, where tough restrictions still apply.

Follow today’s events as they unfold.

Live updates

By Nicholas McElroy

Hotels are chasing a new market with holiday deals to fill empty beds

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Australian hotels are recovering from COVID-19 restrictions at very different paces with regional sites doing much better than capital city hotels reliant on corporate travel.

  
Some parts of the country are experiencing a boom, with data supplied to the ABC by analytics company STR showing south west WA hotels are more than 30 per cent busier than this time last year.

By Nicholas McElroy

Pubs, hotels and beauty salons open as restrictions ease

Regional Victoria has entered step three of its coronavirus reopening plan, after recording a consistent drop in case numbers. 

  
Under the eased restrictions, all retail stores will open and beauty services can resume provided a face covering is worn.

  
Residents can gather in groups of ten outdoors and restaurants can dine ten people inside, and 50 people outside. 

  
Police have warned that Melbourne residents who try to enter regional Victoria to enjoy the eased restrictions face fines of up to $5,000.

The much-welcome relaxation is possible because regional Victoria is averaging less than five new cases of the virus daily.

By Nicholas McElroy

Good morning all

Welcome to the ABC News coronavirus live blog. Hope everyone’s well this Thursday.

There should be plenty of updates around with restrictions in Regional Victoria easing.

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