A number of restrictions were discussed at the meeting including whether the 9pm to 5am curfew would be axed and increasing the 5km travel limit.
The idea of household bubbles, similar to the singles bubbles, was also floated.
Regional areas could see a small relief as well but in affected areas such as Shepparton, restrictions would remain until infection numbers fell.
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The Herald Sun strongly believes Premier Daniel Andrews will announce a lift on the playground ban.
On Tuesday the Premier revealed he and Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton would meet with the government to come up with a detailed plan that will include thresholds on “modest easing” of restrictions depending on case numbers.
“If we can’t achieve zero, despite our best efforts, how many cases can we tolerate?” Mr Andrews said during Tuesday’s COVID-19 press conference.
“Then, based on those thresholds and those low case numbers, we will make further announcements about things that can be eased.”
He stressed it would not be an announcement of a “Freedom Day” but hoped the changes would be “meaningful in people’s lives”.
Victoria and the ACT will ‘most likely’ come out of lockdown when NSW does
The Premier said he understands the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of many people across the state and businesses but vaccine rates are not where they need to be.
“But none of us should kid ourselves that pretending that we can live with COVID, when we’ve only got 35 per cent of people vaccinated, none of us should pretend that would be easier” he said.
“It would be a good deal harder than the very difficult time, the very difficult time that we are all having now.”
The playground ban is expected to be lifted on Friday. Picture: Getty
Mr Andrews added he will have more to say about schools and how children and teenagers can get vaccinated before they will be allowed to return to face-to-face learning.
“I don’t have advice yet on any of these matters but logic tells me and I think the advice will confirm, schools will not be opening tomorrow, but we will have more to say about what can safely be opened, and what that threshold is,” he said.
“If it is not zero, is there a number of cases out in the community, not the gross number but the net number of people who are out there while they are in their infectious period, what is that number that we can safely ease, at the margins at first, and then maybe go further, but I just want to emphasise, this will be conservative, because once it starts running, you just can’t pull it up.”
‘Some bright spots’ in Victoria’s outbreak amid 76 new cases
Victoria recorded 76 locally acquired infections on Tuesday 73 on Monday and 92 on Sunday.
The roadmap out of the state’s second lockdown was set at a 14-day rolling average that saw five cases and fewer than five mystery infections.
The state’s current seven rolling average sits at 72.7 cases a day.
Join Sky News Australia from 11am for Victoria’s COVID-19 press conference.

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