WIMMERA businesses and tourist providers are waiting with anticipation to see what happens when COVID-19 restrictions ease across the state overnight Sunday.
Many of the new measures are limited to 20 people in a single area, and indoor venues will be required to keep customer details.
Premier Daniel Andrews said 20 people would be able to gather indoors or outdoors. He said overnight stays would be allowed to resume at private residences and accommodation, including campgrounds and caravan parks, but not if they shared communal facilities.
Entertainment and cultural venues such as galleries, museums, and historic sites will reopen, along with zoos and outdoor amusement parks. Swimming pools will also open with limits of 20 people and additional safety requirements.
Libraries and youth centres, non-food and drink market stalls, and beauty and personal care services like nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours can also reopen.
Auctions and open for inspections will also return.
Up to 20 people will be allowed at weddings and up to 50 people at a funeral, in addition to those required to host the ceremony. Up to 20 will be allowed at other religious ceremonies.
Mr Andrews said if community transmission rates remained low and testing rates remained high, the government could further relax restrictions from June 22.
Halls Gap Zoo manager Mark Treweek is unsure what to expect when the zoo opens its gates on Monday.
The zoo has been closed for weeks, but the more than 600 animals have still kept staff busy.
Mr Treweek said just about every staff member had been able to stay employed through the federal government's JobKeeper scheme.
Now, with opening around the corner, the zoo is working on a COVID-19 plan to help adhere to social distancing measures.
Mr Treweek said the details were still coming together.
But he said certain sections such as the fossil cave and nocturnal house might need to remain closed because of social distancing.
"It's a bit hard when you've got indoor spaces," he said.
Otherwise, there should be minimal hassles due to the zoo being on several acres and open-air.
Mr Treweek said he was looking forward to having people back.
"I'm more excited for everyone else to get out and about and being able to do something," he said.
Grampians Tourism chief executive Marc Sleeman was ecstatic on Monday about Mr Andrews' announcement.
"It's the best news we've had for a very long time," he said.
Mr Sleeman said he was focused now on getting the Stawell and Halls Gap visitor information centres back to operational hours.
He said businesses were looking forward to what was to come from June 1.
"We're really well positioned to benefit from the metro Melbourne market, cooped up for two months," he said.
He said the Grampians offered people plenty of space was a place to breathe.
Mr Sleeman said many businesses and tourism providers had adjusted their hours, operations and even menus to best benefit their customers under COVID-19 measures.
He said cafes were looking at how to make the most of things like outdoor dining space.
While accommodation providers with shared facilities are off the cards for now, Mr Sleeman believes people will instead return to traditional camping in the region.
As businesses shake off the shock of the COVID-19 shutdown, Mr Sleeman and the Grampians Tourism team are now looking ahead.
Mr Sleeman said the team would look at how to help events such as the Grampians Grape Escape, Seriously Shiraz and the Stawell Gift adapt and bounce back.
"I'm looking forward to the reactivation and recovery plan," he said.
Overall, Mr Sleeman has a positive view of the future.
"It's exciting times," he said.
"I think we'll come back bigger and stronger than before."