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On the Geelong Corridor:
It is fair to sayGeelong is on close watch and we will monitor the cases in theGeelong area as we have done for many weeks now, to ensure that, for instance, we wouldn’t want a situation where it preconditions for moving to another set of rules for all of regional Victoria were to be held back because of case numbers just in one area, namely the Geelong corridor, we may have to treat Geelong separately.
I’m giving people fair warning of that. I’m not actually announcing that.
On regional Victoria:
I might now run through regional Victoria and what the next steps look like. So acknowledging there are lower cases in regional Victoria and regional Victoria is essentially a step ahead of metropolitan Melbourne, from 11:59pm on the 13 September, nextSunday, in effect, public gatherings up to five people from a maximum oftwo households can meet.
We think that regional Victoria will essentially be able to move to the third step quite soon. It will be, perhaps, a matter of weeks before regional Victoria can move to a very different range of settings compared to metropolitan Melbourne. That would mean more shops open, more people back at work, people still working from home in some instances, but relatively normal, certainly compared to the situation at metropolitan Melbourne will have to be in for a longer period of time.