But cases are rising rapidly in Victoria, accounting for many of Australia's new infections in recent weeks, promoting the return of lockdown restrictions in early July.
Previously new lockdown restrictions were introduced, including a stay-at-home order in Melbourne, but authorities say the restrictions have not gone far enough to contain the virus' spread.
But yesterday, any hope they were clinging to came crashing down when Premier Daniel Andrews announced even tougher Stage 4 restrictions would be enforced for an even longe period of time.
The state has seen a steadily increasing toll in both deaths and infections over the past six weeks and now has 6,322 cases of active infection.
Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, is already under a reimposed six-week stay-home order, but it has been struggling to rein in COVID-19. There have been 3,629 cases in the past seven days in Victoria.
The only "reasons for leaving home during these hours will be for work, medical care or care-giving", the broadcaster reported.
As this developed, Melbourne residents headed to the supermarket on Sunday before a new lockdown.
"In terms of exercise, recreation is now no longer allowed".
Upgraded restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne include an 8pm to 5am curfew, allowing only one person per household to shop and only one to exercise for an hour a day.
From midnight next Wednesday, regional Victoria will move to stage three restrictions. "But it is not working fast enough".
"It's hard, especially knowing that in other parts of the country people are quite free to go around and (enjoy) nearly normal life", cafe manager Tracy Skilling told AFP.
Recreational flying in Victoria will be effectively ruled out from Thursday after the state's government extended its "stage three" lockdown beyond Melbourne. 'If we don't make these changes, we're not going to get through this, ' he declared.
Movement restrictions and business operations would also be limited in the rest of the state, but not to the same level as in Melbourne.
"Australians all around the country are backing you in, because we all know for Australia to succeed, we need for Victoria to get through this".
The surge in new cases means an Australia-New Zealand travel bubble will be indefinitely delayed, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said, as the criteria for places with quarantine-free travel was no community transmission for 28 days.