THE removal of "household bubbles" and more than 20 people allowed at a funeral are among the top COVID-19 restrictions Bendigo Advertiser readers would like to see changed, a survey shows.
Almost 600 Bendigo Advertiser readers participated in an online survey between October 2 and October 10.
The survey found "no household bubble" was the number one issue out of 13 options for participants, with 350 votes.
It was closely followed by more than 20 people at funerals, with 349 nods.
On Monday, Premier Daniel Andrews flagged it would be possible to take further steps to lift regional restrictions by the end of the week.
Mr Andrews' office declined to comment on when specifics would be announced.
A total of 345 people who participated in the poll wanted more than five people allowed to visit their home.
Changes to allow more than 10 people to meet outside received 339 nods.
Meanwhile, "fewer restrictions on group and density numbers at cafes or restaurants" and "exercise and sporting activities for more than 10 people" each received 327 votes.
Accessing beauty services without wearing a mask was Bendigo Advertiser readers' lowest priority, with 176 people referencing it.
Survey results (story continues below)
Beauty services ranked just below allowing contact sport for adults - 195 votes.
Interstate travel - not a Victorian government decision - received 276 votes.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents strongly agreed restrictions should be eased further, despite ongoing COVID-19 cases in metropolitan Melbourne.
Metropolitan Melbourne had a rolling daily new case average of 9.9 to October 11.
Regional Victoria's rolling daily average was 0.4. Just five COVID-19 cases are active outside of metropolitan Melbourne.
It's been without a mystery case in more than a month.
Regional Victoria is at the third step on its roadmap to reopening, whereas metropolitan Melbourne remains at its second step towards "COVID-normal".
Previously regional Victoria was set to take its next step out of restrictions - to stage four - at the same time as metropolitan Melbourne.
This would have meant regional Victoria took its last step at the same time as metropolitan Melbourne, as late or later than November 23.
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