Hopes for COVID discipline at the Melb Cup
It's known as the race that stops a nation, but health authorities hope Melbourne Cup day won't bring Victorians too close together.
Tuesday's public holiday is on the radar for Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton as Melburnians relax into the eased COVID-19 restrictions that now allow greater social freedom.
"The great majority of Melburnians know what do to," Professor Sutton said on Saturday.
"There will be a few who may be a bit liberal in their behaviour."
"The key things are not being out when unwell, and obviously wearing masks.
"I want people to enjoy the company of others, but to do it within those rules. If that's how people go about it, it will be a great day, we'll all feel the uplift of a public holiday when people are getting out and about."
Perhaps not everyone will do what Prof Sutton hopes though, with anti-lockdown protesters planning yet another "Freedom Day" demonstration on cup day.
Victoria recorded no new cases on Saturday, the third such day in a week.
Initially Prof Sutton reported one new case, but said it could be a false positive and that it was under review by experts.
"Today's case has been reviewed and rejected," he tweeted a few hours after the press conference.
"So that's a donut day."
The state has 70 active cases and attention is focusing on business returning to normal.
Some Melbourne office workers could be back in place before Christmas as Victoria's numbers remain low.
"If we can see that these chains of transmission are in check, then there is a reasonable chance - a slow and steady - gradual return to the workplace," Prof Sutton said.
Workers would not be able to be "packed into offices" and there were some concerning elements, including public transport and elevator use, that needed to be considered, he added.
"If the numbers remain low then those risks become much less in the office space as well," Prof Sutton said.
"Some (workers) can and should return, but always depending on the numbers. Clearly there's an economic activity by virtue of return-to-work, especially here in the CBD, and that should be a consideration."
For some Victorians, "it will be a changed workforce forever", the expert noted, adding that many employers had already started making long-term arrangements.
Melbourne has reported a daily case average of 2.4 for the fortnight up to Friday.
Authorities continue to investigate two mystery cases, for which there is no known source.
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