Following regional Victoria entering the second step of the State Government's road map out of COVID-19 restrictions, Premier Daniel Andrews has tipped a move to the third step could take place within days. That includes the densities and capacity limits around the new dining sitch.
Mr Andrews said the announcement was a testament to the determination of regional Victorians and good news for every Victorian.
Meanwhile, Mr Andrews announced that regional Victoria would move into the third step of the state's roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions from Thursday as the 14-day average case rate dropped to 3.6.
The positive news came as the state recorded 42 cases in the past 24 hours, up slightly from the 35 reported on Monday, the lowest daily tally since 26 June.
Public gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed outdoors (friends!) and "household bubbles" with one other nominated household will be introduced.
Melbourne took its first step out of lockdown on Monday, with the introduction of "social bubbles" for singles and an extended curfew time from 9pm to 5am.
Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment have also been reopened, while libraries are able to open for contactless click and collect services.
Five visitors will also be allowed to visit a home, all retail, including hairdressers, will reopen, and outdoor non-contact sport for adults and all community sport for children can resume.
All Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live.
"'I'm not for a moment pretending that many wouldn't like that number to be much higher".
The Victorian Government and Melbourne City Council are joining forces to deliver a $100 million package.
However, Melbourne is largely still subject to strict Stage 4 restrictions, meaning most businesses are still closed.
About 75,000 eligible businesses with payrolls up to $10 million will receive grants of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 depending on their size.
There will be an additional $87.5 million to help hospitality venues in Melbourne suburbs.
The legal silent protest took place across Melbourne and regional parts of the state as hundreds of protesters clashed with police for a second consecutive day in the CBD.
"The last time I was in that shed, was when I carried my father's coffin out of it, ' Mr Andrews said on Tuesday when asked about the photo".
"I'm so proud of Victorians for the way we are all working together to beat this virus - it means we can take our first safe and steady steps towards a COVID normal", Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday.