Melburnians will soon be able to travel freely to some parts of Australia and New Zealand as the latest coronavirus outbreak eases.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the quarantine-free bubble with Victoria will resume from midnight Tuesday.

This comes after Victoria recorded only one new locally acquired coronavirus case on Monday, following a “doughnut day” on Sunday.

The news is just in time for thousands of Victorians who are heading into school holidays.

New Zealand authorities said the decision came after an assessment by the country’s public health officials found the risk from Victoria was low.

Travellers will no longer be required to have a pre-departure test.

In May, New Zealand paused its quarantine-free travel with Victoria after the latest coronavirus outbreak began.

There are currently 54 active cases in Victoria — 28 are locally acquired and 26 are overseas-acquired cases.

Acting Premier James Merlino has confirmed the state remains on track for an easing of restrictions on Friday.

However, New Zealand has urged all travellers to continue monitoring for symptoms and check the Victorian Health website for any updated exposure sites.

More doors open to Melburnians

A waterfall falls into the Southern Rockhole at Nitmiluk, Northern Territory
People who are currently in Howard Springs from Greater Melbourne will be let out of quarantine.(

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The Northern Territory government has also revoked its Greater Melbourne hotspot, meaning travellers from the city are able to freely travel to the NT, effective immediately.

It also means people who are currently in Howard Springs from Greater Melbourne will be let out of quarantine.

The only exception is people who are quarantining because they’ve visited a “tier 1” public exposure site in Melbourne, who will still need to complete their 14 days.

Any travellers from Melbourne in the NT are asked to check daily for any new public exposure sites.

Melburnians will also be allowed into Tasmania from midnight tonight.

Anyone currently in quarantine in Tasmania who was in the metropolitan Melbourne area, but was not at “specified high-risk premises”, is able to leave quarantine at midnight.

Travel restrictions remain in place for anyone who has been at any exposure site in Victoria. Anyone in quarantine because they visited exposure sites is required to remain in quarantine.

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(The Center Square) – Virginia’s unemployment rate went down slightly in March, but its recovery has been slightly below average, according to a WalletHub report.

Unemployment decreased by 0.1 percentage points in March and now rests at 5.1%. Last month’s number is 6.2% lower than its pandemic-era height, which was 11.3%. Unemployment in the commonwealth is still below the national rate, which was 6% in March.

“Virginia’s unemployment rate is steadily improving and we are making real progress in safely reopening our economy,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement. “While we have made great strides in our recovery, we know there is still more work to do. We will continue to focus our efforts bringing more Virginians into the workforce and supporting families, businesses, and communities with the resources they need to build back stronger.”

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 800 jobs in the month and the labor force increased by 1,618 people. The number of employed residents rose by 6,669 and the number of unemployed residents went down by 5,051. Over the year, jobs are still down 4.4%, primarily from the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic restrictions.

Every major sector still saw over-the-year job losses with leisure and hospitality being hit the hardest. That industry lost 76,600 jobs, which is an 18.8% decrease. The second largest job loss was in government, which lost 36,800 jobs, a 5% decrease.

Although the commonwealth loosened many of the COVID-19 restrictions, the ones that remain have hurt certain industries, particularly, leisure, hospitality, restaurants and bars. The state still maintains a mask mandate, event gathering restrictions, a midnight curfew for dining in and a requirement that tables at bars and restaurants be six feet apart.

“Virginia’s workers and businesses have faced many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resolve and perseverance has helped overcome them,” Chief Workforce Development Advisor Megan Healy said in a statement. “The growing rate of vaccinations gives us confidence that this downward trend will continue in the months ahead. We will keep working diligently to assist Virginians with job training programs and help them gain employment in a changing, post-pandemic job market.”

The commonwealth ranks below average in its unemployment recovery, according to a report released by WalletHub. Virginia ranked 30th in its overall unemployment recovery.

According to the report, Virginia’s unemployment rate increased by 68.4% since March 2019 and increased 76.8% since March 2020. It went up 77% from January 2020.

The states with the best unemployment recoveries were Nebraska, Utah, South Dakota and Alabama. The worst unemployment recoveries were Hawaii, New York, Connecticut and California.

Members of the business community have said looser restrictions and more vaccinations will improve these numbers. They have also urged the state to use federal money to offset losses to the unemployment insurance fund to prevent a potential tax hike on businesses that could add additional burdens as businesses try to recover from pandemic losses.