Regional Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions will ease at midnight on Wednesday September 16.
Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the news, as Victoria enjoyed its first day without a coronavirus death since July 13.
That leaves Victoria’s toll at 729 and the national figure on 816.
The state also had 42 new cases.
“I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that regional Victoria, from 11.59pm tomorrow night, will be able to take the third step in our safe and steady road map to COVID normal,” Mr Andrews said.
“It’s a massive thing. It is such good news.”
Key features of the eased restrictions include outdoor gathering limits being increased to groups of 10, plus hospitality and entertainment will be allowed.
People in regional Victoria will also be able to leave their homes without restriction.
Mr Andrews said the step was being taken because there were less than five coronavirus cases for a 14-day period in regional Victoria, plus no mystery cases.
The 14-day new case average for Melbourne has dropped to 52.9 and it is 3.6 for regional Victoria.
But there are no immediate changes to Melbourne’s lockdown rules and people cannot travel out of the city without specific reasons.
Melbourne will move to its next step of reopening on September 28 if the 14-day average falls to 30-50. It is currently at 54.4.
The city took its first tentative steps out of lockdown on Monday, with those living alone or single parents allowed to have one visitor, outdoor exercise extended to two hours and curfew’s start time extended an hour to 9pm.