A Melbourne aged care provider will mandate rapid COVID-19 tests for all visitors from today in an Australian-first.
All visitors to the TLC Aged Care homes across Melbourne and Geelong must return a negative rapid test upon arrival.
Visitors will be made to drive up to a van to take the test and then wait about 10-15 minutes for their results.
The rapid COVID-19 test is understood to be 95 per cent effective and has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US.
Staff and contractors who are unable to get the vaccine must take a rapid test before every shift, in addition to a fortnightly PCR test.
The mandate is an added layer of protection for aged care homes as Victoria races towards its 80 per cent vaccination target.
Melbourne remains in hard lockdown until vaccination targets are met, but the majority of regional Victoria will be freed from 11.59pm tonight.
The regions, excluding Shepparton, will be able to enjoy more freedoms, with the hospitality sector, retail, hairdressing and beauty salons and entertainment and community venues reopening.
Regional schools will also return to onsite learning for Prep to Grade 2 students and Year 12 students who live in regional Victoria.
Funerals will be permitted for up to 20 people and weddings will be permitted for up to 10 people, plus those required to conduct the service.
Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday warned the reopening of regional Victoria was not a "Freedom Day".
"It's not a snapback, it's not Freedom Day, it's not 100 per cent of capacity down at the pub," he said.
"If it is, then we will simply see numbers spread and then we'll have to close large parts of regional Victoria down again and perhaps even all of regional Victoria."
Melburnians have been urged not to visit the regions, Mr Andrews warning police would be patrolling the regional border and fining rule-breakers.