Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday delivered the news regional Victorians have longed for by declaring we would revert to the Third Step of his government's roadmap to recovery.
We have done a great job to drive down the 14-day average new case statistic to just 3.6 and with no mystery cases, Mr Andrews really has no other option but to deliver on his word.
And so he has.
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From 11:59pm tonight, country Victorians can stop planning and start delivering on household bubbles. We can also catch up in groups of ten in outdoor public places.
Hospitality businesses can expect to be swamped by patrons happy to be served outdoors. There will be a limit of 50 seated patrons per venue, and a 'two square metre' density limit as part of these new rules.
Indoors, venues can seat a maximum of 10 customers.
No one should under-estimate the mental health benefits this will deliver to hundreds of thousands of regional Victorians who have toiled under strict measures for more than six months.
Those aged 18 or under can resume outdoor contact and non-contact sport, while adults can resume outdoor non-contact sport.
Onsite learning will resume on a staged basis for all regional students throughout the first two weeks of Term Four.
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Beauty and personal care services will return, with mandatory face coverings.
Kids can play in the park once more.
And we can travel anywhere in regional Victoria.
There will still be rules, and it's vital we do the right thing - more than ever.
Let's hope we don't forget how hard we've had to fight to get to this stage.
And finally, let's hope the events of the past six months have given everyone a newfound appreciation for what we have, and who we have in our lives.