South-west diners can eat and drink inside pubs, cafes and restaurants in two weeks as part of a staged reopening of the hospitality industry.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants will be open from June 1 after Premier Daniel Andrews revealed a further easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Venues can host 20 patrons at a time from that date.
That could be increased to 50 from June 22 and up to 100 by mid-July.
Warrnambool's Tilly Divine Kitchen & Bar owner Rachael Street said she "got a bit teary" following the announcement on Sunday.
Her new restaurant and bar was open for just three days before the coronavirus pandemic closed the doors on diners.
Ms Street said she kept the business running with a take-away model but it wasn't the same.
"It's been a hard slog for eight weeks," she said.
"It's been like a ghost town but I'm glad we have hung in there as we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
"I'm absolutely rapt and welcoming the upcoming changes."
The Cally Hotel's manager Lucas Reid said the announcement was a "fantastic" result for Warrnambool's hospitality sector.
He said his establishment had the advantage of having multiple rooms, meaning he could seat about 50 people at one time, so long as there was a maximum of 20 people per room and social distancing was adhered to.
"It's a real win for business owners who have been forced to close or serve in a very different environment," he said.
Venues will have to take down the details of all patrons to assist with contact tracing.
The premier said existing physical distancing requirements would continue to apply, meaning each person would need four square metres of space, and tables would need to be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart.
Public bars and gaming areas will remain shut, and food courts can only serve takeaway.
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