Update, 4.50pm: A DROP in cases across regional Victoria sees the region poised to take two steps toward reopening later this week.
DHHS says 13 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac, with a total 20 cases linked to the dairy giant.
There are currently 23 active cases in Colac-Otway Shire, a decrease of three in the last 24 hours.
There is still one active case in Warrnambool, and no cases in Corangamite, Moyne, Glenelg, Southern Grampians, Ballarat, and Golden Plains Shire.
Geelong has six active cases, Bendigo one, and there are three in Moorabool and one in Horsham.
Within Victoria, 12 of the 35 new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 23 are under investigation.
The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days for metropolitan Melbourne is 54.4 and regional Victoria is 3.9. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.
The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days is 94 for metropolitan Melbourne and three for regional Victoria.
The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.
Fun in the sun: kids make the most of the day as new rules see playgrounds reopen
WARRNAMBOOL'S parks and playgrounds were bursting with life as Monday marked the next step to a new "COVID normal".
Under the second step of the state government's roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions, regional Victorian families were able to meet up with one other household in an outdoor setting for recreation, and outdoor pools and playgrounds reopened for the first time in months.
The Standard photographer Mark Witte captured some happy scenes down at Lake Pertobe today.
No new cases in regional Victoria as state records 35 new cases, seven deaths
Earlier, 12pm: There have been no new cases in regional Victoria recorded on Monday as the 14-day average drops below four for the first time.
It comes as regional Victoria is taking its first steps out of lockdown.
The two week average daily case numbers in regional Victoria has dropped to 3.7, and 54.4 in metropolitan Melbourne.
There are now 47 active cases in regional Victoria.
Colac has 23 active cases, Geelong six, Bendigo one and Ballarat none.
"This is a fantastic outcome and shows this is not a theoretical experiment, it's a strategy that is working, to see regional Victoria on the cusp of taking a next step," Premier Daniel Andrews said.
"I'm very pleased to think we can take those big but safe steps to opening regional Victoria up.
"The rules have changed for regional Victoria but still need to be followed."
Victoria has recorded 35 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths.
The figures, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services, bring the state's death toll from the virus to 730 and the national figure to 817.
The deaths comprise of one man in his 70s, one woman and one man in his 80s, and three men and one woman in their 90s.
There are 122 Victorians in hospital, with 12 in intensive care and seven on ventilators.
There have been 8937 additional COVID-19 tests over the weekend.
The Premier said more symptomatic people needed to come forward and be tested.
"We don't want any steps in this road map to be deferred or compromised, so it's important every Victorian comes forward and gets tested," Premier Andrews said.
"I'm still confident with that number but this is a powerful reminder and my personal request to get to the other side, if you've got symptoms please come forward, don't put it off for a day or two."
There are 4291 mystery cases with an unknown source, an increase of six.
Of the state's 1075 active cases, 176 are healthcare workers, 47 are in regional Victoria - no new cases, 10 in disability settings (six staff, four residents), and 513 in aged care.
The Premier also announced an additional $290 million support for businesses, including $87.5 million outdoor hospitality support package for regional Victoria.
Industry Support and Recovery Minister Martin Pakula said the grants would be available to licensed and unlicensed venues including pubs, restaurants and cafes.
"$58 million will be paid in grants of $5000 for businesses to pay for things like umbrellas, furniture, screens, and invest in training and advertising," he said.
"We predict 11,000 businesses to benefit.
"It also includes $30 million to local councils to implement a streamlined permit process to support expanded outdoor hospitality."
Premier Daniel Andrews said he didn't want cash-strapped businesses to bear any further costs.
"The cost of umbrellas and such, we don't want them to be a barrier for businesses already under considerable pressure," he said.
"We're very pleased by the response from local government, we are happy to support councils to expedite the planning arrangements here.
"We don't want bureaucratic debate, we want as many people seated outdoors as possible."
People in regional Victoria will also enjoy greater freedom from Monday with up to five people able to gather in outdoor places from a maximum of two households.
The five-person limit will also apply for religious services that can resume in regional Victoria if they're held outdoors with a faith leader.
Authorities are hopeful regional areas could jump two steps out of lockdown by mid-week, allowing residents to go out for a coffee or meal.
Warrnambool City Council has reminded the community to continue social distancing and personal hygiene etiquette as playgrounds reopen today as part of step two.
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