Victorians celebrate Christmas amid toughest mask rules

Victorians are celebrating Christmas amid the nation's toughest rules on masks, with cases expected to rise again on Christmas Day.

Children as young as eight are included in the new mask mandate which came in in time for celebrations and means masks must be worn inside again.

On Christmas Eve, Victoria recorded 2095 new COVID-19 cases.

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People on St. Kilda beach on Christmas Eve in Melbourne.

There were 397 people in hospital with the virus including 75 in intensive care, and eight more people have died after testing positive.

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However, hospital admissions are way down compared with during the state's last lockdown.

Despite the new restrictions Acting Premier James Merlino promised the state was not heading into a lockdown."

People shop at David Jones in Melbourne, on Christmas Eve

"This is the commitment that we gave to the people of Victoria," he said.

"The promise was if you go and get vaccinated, you can enjoy Christmas and New Year with your families and loved ones and that's exactly what will happen."

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