Mask rules to remain in place but density caps to go

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Indoor mask rules will remain in place in Victoria for some weeks but density quotients will be removed for hospitality venues, and dancefloors will be allowed to reopen.

The Andrews government is due to announce the rule changes at a press conference at 10.30am and sources familiar with the changes confirmed to The Age that mask rules would persist for some time longer.

The business sector is preparing for the government to outline its plan for the return to offices at the upcoming press conference.

Victoria recorded 8,500 cases on Thursday.

The government will next week announce a new round of vouchers to re-energise the CBD. Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp has lobbied for a return of the Melbourne Money program and the state government scheme would likely subsidise restaurant and accommodation spending.

Health officials have gained the confidence to ease rules after a feared spike in cases caused by the reopening of schools did not eventuate, the sources said.

More to come.

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