‘Roadmap’ out of COVID-19 restrictions to be released

THE Victorian Government will reveal its "roadmap" to easing restrictions this Sunday September 6, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced.

During his daily press conference Monday morning the Premier said the plan would consider ongoing restrictions such as social distancing, face masks in the workplace, continued testing followed by mandatory isolation, and working from home where possible.

Regional Victoria has been under stage three restrictions since August 3, and metropolitan Melbourne has been under stage four restrictions since August 2.

Mr Andrews said the government could not reveal any more before Sunday as "another week's data" was needed before the plan was finalised.

The government will use the next several days to consult with relevant agencies including industry, unions and community organisations, about what the plan should look like.

“We know every Victorian wants certainty about the future – for them, for their family and for their work. By the end of the week, we will lay out a plan to re-open our state,” Mr Andrews said.

The news comes as Victoria records another 73 cases of COVID-19 since Sunday and 41 deaths, although the Premier said not all of those deaths had occurred in the prior 24-hours.

In a statement also released on Monday the government described some possible aspects of the plan:

'Recognising there is no one size fits all solution, the Government will commit to tailoring guidance to different industries as part of the roadmap. 

'Additionally, wherever possible, workforce bubbles should be created to limit the number of staff who have prolonged and close contact with each other. To achieve this, teams of staff could be rostered on the same shifts, with no overlap in shift changes and a reduction in staff working across multiple sites.

'Under the proposed framework, meetings and lunchtimes could also look different, with enclosed spaces avoided wherever possible. Opening doors and windows for airflow rather than relying only on recirculated air and moving tearooms and lunch breaks outside – along with meetings and team catch-ups – all help to reduce risk.'

Department of Health and Human Services data released on Sunday August 30 stated that Horsham had two active cases. The rest of the Wimmera had zero.