Two adults and their dependents will be allowed to visit a home in Melbourne going forward - but only one group a day, Premier Daniel Andrew announced on Tuesday morning.
Different groups can visit each day, but not on the same day.
Premier Andrews said that outside the home 10 people from different groups could gather - and he encouraged people to stay safe by using that option.
Masks would still be needed, including in homes for visits, to keep the opening between metro and regional areas on track.
"if we're going to have that ring of steel lift by November 8 then masks need to be with us for some time to come," Mr Andrews said.
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He said we would probably be wearing masks until the end of the year and possibly into next year.
"I think they have a very useful purpose," he said.
"It is very important not just to wear a mask, but wear it properly."
Mr Andrews said without the masks more people would have been infected, and more would be infected if they were removed now.
"We may have more flexible settings where they can be worn, but that is a few weeks off," he said.
Announcements around Halloween were to be announced Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Andrews encouraged people to continue getting tested and "make good choices for your family, and every family" to keep taking steps forward.
"Even though we got zero cases, yesterday, today, if we're to stay on top of that, then people need to get tested as soon as they get those symptoms because with no flu, hardly any cough and cold across the state, if you've got symptoms there's every chance you've got this virus," he said.
"What we, all of us as Victorians, have built is a precious thing, but it is fragile.
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"We will be able to find a COVID-normal but we will all have to play our part in that and arguably there's nothing more important than going and getting tested when you got even the mildest of symptoms.
"We also can't assume that there's a vaccine turning up next week or that it's over because we desperately want it to be. It isn't. It's going to be with us for quite some time."
Mr Andrews said homes are "the most dangerous place for the spread of this virus" because it is an unregulated space where people let their guard down and there is no industrial-scale cleaning.
People are being asked to keep a record of who visits their house and when, and to wear masks when visiting households where possible.
"I know it's not a nice thing to say or a nice thing for anyone to acknowledge but the place where you feel safest, your home, is actually the most dangerous environment for the spread of this virus," he said.
"That's why there has to be rules and if we all follow those rules then we keep each other safe, we be able to see the people we missed the most and loved the most but do it in a COVID-safe way."