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Greater Melbourne's restrictions are easing from midnight.(

AAP: James Ross


Melbourne residents will no longer have access to federal COVID-19 emergency payments, after the Commonwealth withdrew its hotspot declaration.

The city's two-week lockdown will lift at midnight, but Greater Melbourne will still be subjected to a range of restrictions, including the continued closure of some businesses. 

Employees who lost 20 hours or more of work were eligible for a $500 payment, while workers who lost less than 20 hours could receive $325.

The payment, which will be available to workers in any future lockdowns in any other states or territories, was dependent on Greater Melbourne being considered a hotspot by Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.

Today, Professor Kelly said he had decided to withdraw the Commonwealth hotspot designation inline with the lifting of the lockdown.

While the end of the payments will mean a financial blow for some Melbourne residents whose work is still affected by the ongoing restrictions, other Commonwealth support measures will continue for the next two weeks.

That includes financial support for aged care providers to make sure their staff are only working at one facility at a time, a move designed to stop workers spreading the virus unknowingly from one nursing home to another.

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