The State Member for Wendouree has welcomed yesterday's announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews of the third step out of coronavirus restrictions.
In a surprise move Ballarat cafes, pubs and restaurants will be able to have some indoor dining but the bulk of tables will have to be in outside areas. It was thought that dining would be outdoors only.
Juliana Addison says it will be great to get outdoors and catch up with friends.
"We can meet in groups of 10 outdoors so we'll be able to go to the Lake for a picnic or even Victoria Park."
"There'll be household bubbles, so you can choose another household of 5 people and have them around for dinner," Ms Addison said.
In a positive sign for the local tourism sector the Ballarat Wildlife Park will re-open tomorrow after a challenging 6 weeks in lock down.
Owner Greg Parker says there'll be no need to book however you will have to give your residential address, wear a mask and practice social distancing.
The attraction has been desperate to welcome back visitors with the cost of feeding the animals said to be thousands of dollars weekly.
Sovereign Hill is still seeking clarification from the government before it announces a re-opening date.
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