Daniel Andrews has infuriated Victorians by refusing to budge on some of the states' most despised lockdown measures while choosing to ease others.
The state premier revealed on Monday that Melbourne residents would finally be able to leave their homes for any reason from 11.59pm on Tuesday.
Pubs, shops and restaurants will reopen their doors to 20 indoor guests and 50 patrons outside after a grueling three-month forced closure.
But the state government refused to lift the 25km travel bubble or the 'ring of steel' separating Melbourne from regional Victoria.
'Not good enough Dictator Dan,' one furious Melburnian wrote online. 'The 25km iron curtain still remains today. Not enough freedom offered.'
Daniel Andrews has infuriated Victorians by refusing to budge on some of the states' most despised lockdown measures while choosing to ease others
The state government refused to lift the 25km travel bubble or the 'ring of steel' separating Melbourne from regional Victoria, infuriating Victorians
Others questioned how he felt comfortable telling the public he had 'reopened Victoria' with such restrictions still in place.
'This isn't ''opening up'' to everyone. It's still illogical,' another person said.
The primary frustration among Melburnians is that newly eased restrictions mean they will be able to go to retail stores and dine-in at restaurants surrounded by strangers, but still can't visit loved ones who live further than 25km away.
Mr Andrews said he has delayed lifting the travel limits to give Victorians time to adjust to the newly eased restrictions while still 'limiting the virus's ability to travel'.
'This is f**king bullshit,' one person wrote, while another added that they still weren't able to visit their new granddaughter under the restrictions.
'Keeping the 25km travel limit is cruel for families who have not seen each other and many businesses. Your roadmap is a crock of sh*t.'
The primary frustration among Melburnians is that newly eased restrictions mean they will be able to go to retail stores and dine-in at restaurants surrounded by strangers, but still can't visit loved ones who live further than 25km away
A lone person walks through Treasury Gardens on October 26, the day Premier Daniel Andrews announced eased restrictions
Mr Andrews said he has delayed lifting the travel limits to give Victorians time to adjust to the newly eased restrictions while still 'limiting the virus's ability to travel'
Mr Andrews on Monday assured the public he hopes to lift the 'ring of steel' and get rid of the distance restrictions once and for all on November 8.
But after months of uncertainty and disappointment created by false starts and setbacks, the public aren't certain they can trust Mr Andrews to stick to his word.
'Who wants to start taking bets as to whether Dan Andrews will actually follow through and ease restrictions, in particular the 25km from your home rule, on the day he says he will?,' one angry Victorian said on a forum about the lockdown.
Mr Andrews has been subjected to intense criticism since his city of five million which has been shut down since 8 July after the virus escaped from two quarantine hotels and caused a mass outbreak which peaked at 725 new cases on 5 August.
Residents will be able to gather outside with up to 10 people and there will no longer be any limit on the number of households that can come together at once.
Limits for indoor gatherings are still being finalised and will be announced on Tuesday.
Weddings in Melbourne will be allowed 10 people from Tuesday 27 October at 11.59pm
Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured on Monday) has relaxed restrictions for Melbourne, a city of five million
Victoria free at last: What are the changes?
From Tuesday 27 October, 11.59pm
All retail, bars and restaurants open with 20 indoors and 50 outdoors
Beauty services and tattoo parlours open
Outdoor contact sport for under 18s back on and non-contact sport for adults
Four reasons to leave home removed
25km travel limit remains in place
Melbourne to regional VIC border remains
Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people
Gatherings can be of more than two households
Weddings increase to 10 attendees, funerals to 20
Church services open with 10 indoors and 20 outdoors
PT, fitness and dance classes can be held outdoors with up to 10 people
Number of people at outdoor pools can increase to 50, subject to density limits
Must work from home if you can
From 8 November
25km travel limit scrapped
Travel to regional VIC allowed
Retail, pubs and restaurants allowed 40 people indoors, 70 outdoors
Funerals allowed indoors with 20 and outdoors with 50
Non-contact sport for U18s allowed indoors
Gyms and indoor fitness will be able to reopen
Holiday accommodation to re-open
Religious gatherings will expand with up 20 people and a faith leader indoors, and 50 outside
Announcing the changes on Monday, an emotional Mr Andrews thanked Victorians for fighting the 'wicked enemy' of coronavirus.
'Now is the time to open up. Now is the time to congratulate every single Victorian for staying the course,' he said.
'Now is the time to thank every single Victorian family for being guided by the data, the science and the doctors... It was worth waiting.'
Mr Andrews warned Victorians to follow the rules to keep the virus at bay.
'It is not over. This virus is not going away,' he said.
'It is going to continue to be a feature of our lives. It is going to be a feature of our lives every day until a vaccine turns up. These are big steps.'
Asked if he would be opening a beer tonight to celebrate, the premier, who has run 117 daily press conferences in a row with no day off, said: 'I might go a little higher up the shelf.'
In a swipe at opposition politicians who called for him to open up sooner, Mr Andrews said: 'We haven't been pushed by the loudest voices into making irresponsible choices.'
The premier last week said restrictions would be eased on Sunday but the announcement was delayed as seven cases were recorded, causing backlash from furious Victorians.
Mr Andrews was under pressure from the federal government to open up after it was revealed lockdown was costing 1,200 jobs per day and seeing taxpayers shell out $200million a day in federal economic support.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Health Minister Greg Hunt also slammed the premier for not opening up.
They said the decision to keep businesses closed suggests the Victorian government doesn't have 'sufficient confidence' in its contact tracing system to manage future outbreaks.
On Monday Victoria recorded zero new cases for the first time since 9 June and Mr Hunt called for restrictions to be eased.
Premier Andrews hit back at suggestions the contact tracing system was not ready, saying: 'This is about being confident in the systems and processes in place. They have, with the hard work of Victorians, delivered these numbers.'
Businesses have broadly welcomed the changes but some say the relaxation does not go far enough, given that restaurants can only have 20 people indoors.
'I don't foresee any more than 50 per cent of our Chapel Street Precinct restaurants and cafes will reopen given the density quotas' said Ms Chrissie Maus, General Manager of the Chapel Street Precinct.
'The fact people can't go to the gym, yoga, or Pilates is just exacerbating the situation with the mental health impact on our community now at a critical stage,' she added.
Monday's figures showed average daily cases over the past fortnight down to 3.6 for Melbourne and seven mystery cases from October 10-23.
The corresponding figures for regional areas are 0.2 and zero.
A testing blitz confirmed an outbreak in the northern suburbs that delayed Monday's announcement by 24 hours appears to be under control.
Asked if he would be opening a beer tonight to celebrate, the premier (pictured on Monday) said: 'I might go a little higher up the shelf'
Residents will be able to gather outside with up to 10 people and there will no longer be any limit on the number of households that can come together at once
Mr Andrews' daily media conference was delayed on Monday until mid-afternoon as the government awaited latest test results from the outbreak area.
More than 5,000 tests across the affected area have all come back negative, Mr Andrews confirmed.
Victoria's death toll stands at 817 and the nation's is at 905.
All Victorian students are now back in the classroom, with 163,000 of them from Year 8-10 in Melbourne returning to on-site learning on Monday.
Melbourne went into lockdown on 8 July - with restrictions toughened in August - amid a huge outbreak caused after security guards caught the disease from returned travellers in quarantine hotels.
The government has faced criticism for using private security to man the hotels instead of police and ADF troops.
The 15-week shut down was longer than the 11-week closure of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus was identified late last year.
Public Order Riot Police move down St Kilda road during anti-lockdown protests on Sunday
'Can we get on the beers?' Daniel Andrews finally confirms Victorians can go out drinking after answering iconic question
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Monday that Victorians can officially 'get on the beers' from Tuesday night.
As he announced eased restrictions and a move away from Stage Four lockdown, one keen reporter asked the question everybody wanted answered.
'Can I confirm you are saying we can finally get on the beers?' the reporter asked.
Mr Andrews responded by saying: 'I don't know that I'll be drinking a beer tonight. I might go a little higher up the shelf.'
The phrase 'get on the beers' started trending shortly after the daily conference ended.