The figures come after two consecutive days of zero new cases.

The rolling average for metro areas has dipped slightly from 2.8 yesterday to 2.7 today.

While regional Victoria’s average has finally reached zero and the number of mystery cases has halved from six to three today.

The state’s two new cases were close contacts of existing infections linked to the outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, associated with the Regis Macleod aged care facility and East Preston Islamic College.

Testing commander Jeroen Weimar said both cases were in isolation when they were diagnosed, so there was no risk to the public.

“They have been isolating over the last few days since they were first identified as close contacts, and are of course getting full support and wrap around care, financial support, medical support, whatever is necessary,” Mr Weimar said.

The outbreak has 41 positive cases over 12 households.

There are also hundreds of close, primary and secondary contacts in quarantine.

Celebrations as Melbourne’s lockdown lifts after months. (9News)

Both of Victoria’s two coronavirus deaths were linked to residential aged care.

There are three Victorians in hospital and none of them are in intensive care.

A total of 24,673 tests were conducted  yesterday –  a “massive number”, Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“This is critical,” Mr Andrews said.

“Getting tested is arguably the most important thing you can do.”

There are now no more active virus cases in regional Victoria.

Thousands of Melburnians flocked to bars and restaurants at midnight in celebration of the city’s four-month coronavirus lockdown lifting.

“I now officially declare Melbourne restaurants open for business,” Angus and Bon steakhouse owner Liam Ganley said as he cut a ribbon to cheers, confetti and applause.

Mr Andrews said it will take some time for the state to develop a hospitality QR code system similar to NSW which is “completely compatible’ with its Salesforce contact tracing system.

Restaurant Angus & Bon reopened at midnight in Melbourne. (Supplied Nine)

“There is no good at building a new system, a new house, and not having a key to the front door,” he said.

“We will have more about the QR code and settings soon, but you have to build one that works seamlessly with the new IT platform we have built that have helped deliver the numbers.”

The premier also clarified rules around patron groups inside hospitality venues, with just a group of 10 allowed providing the one to four square metre rule is followed.

“The main message is we can’t have two groups of 10 that are de facto become one group of 20 because they are not sufficiently far apart that they are essentially at the same gathering in the same space,” Mr Andrews said.

“Inside is 20 times more dangerous than outside. And it is really important that we have those spaces separated.”

People are seen dining outside St Ali Cafe in South Melbourne on October 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty)

About 16,200 retail stores, 5800 cafes and restaurants and 1000 beauty salons reopened in Melbourne today, with about 80,000 workers also returning to work as lockdown lifted in the city overnight.

“I want to thank everybody in all of these industries for the very productive way in which they have continued to engage with us,” Mr Andrews said.

Lockdown restrictions lift in Melbourne after a gruelling four months of shut down. (Getty)

“It is no small thing to have 80,000 people going back today. Many Melburnians want to get out and support local businesses and I want to remind everyone that the rules still apply and the rules, not against you, they are for you.”

A mega 100,000 people registered online to shop at various Wesfarmers stores from midnight, Mr Andrews said.

The premier praised the company’s “innovative” measure to ensure shopping can be undertaken in a COVID safe way.

When Kmart opened its doors at 11.59pm on October 27, enthusiastic shoppers were ready and waiting. (9News)

“I’m pleased they are doing it in a safe way to best practice standards, probably exceeding any standards anywhere in the world, that pre-booking arrangement is a very innovative way of doing things,” he said.

Owners not permitted to attend Melbourne Cup

Racing Minister Martin Pakula in a statement confirmed the Victorian Government had determined that it was “not a suitable time” for gatherings of such nature, despite the city’s lockdown lifting.

“I have today advised the Victoria Racing Club that connections of horses competing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival will not be permitted to attend the course,” Mr Pakula said.

“It is the right decision and has been made in the interests of all Victorians.”

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