Dan Andrews has urged the people of Melbourne to ‘get out there’ as the city emerges from the world’s longest lockdown.
A proud Daniel Andrews has congratulated Victorians and urged everyone to “get out there” as the state emerges from 262 days of lockdown.
In a heartfelt post to social media the Victorian Premier said he could feel the optimism as people woke to eased Covid-19 restrictions.
“I‘m trying not to sound like some kind of soppy Dad here, but I am proud, bloody proud of this state,” he wrote on Friday morning.
“We‘ve gone through such a hard time together, this pandemic has been exhausting in every sense of the word.
“And the fact that we‘re here today, and opening up, is only because of the sacrifices made by every one of us.
“Get out there today, tomorrow – whenever you‘re ready. Get a trim, order a meal or buy a mate a drink. Be proud of everything we‘ve done to get here, of all we’ve achieved.”
But Mr Andrews warned the pandemic was not over, and feeling anxious about life after lockdown was “normal”.
“Please just remember that this will take time, not everyone will be so ready to throw open their front door,” he wrote.
“And the process of reopening won‘t be without flaws either, we all know that. It will take a lot of patience and understanding.”
Victoria recorded 2189 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections on Friday and 16 more deaths.
About 90 per cent of Victorians above the age of 16 have received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 70 per cent are fully vaccinated.
From Friday, restrictions to leave home as well as the curfew have been scrapped.
There is now no travel limit within metropolitan Melbourne, but authorised travel to enter regional Victoria is still required.
Ten visitors, including dependants, are able to visit someone’s home per day.
A staggered return of students in metropolitan Melbourne schools will also start from Friday.