It might be the race that stops the nation, but Australians are being urged to celebrate the Melbourne Cup in a COVID-safe way.

Health authorities are again reminding Australians to not be complacent with social distancing as new case numbers drop and restrictions ease across the country.

ACT Health has issued a list of tips to help punters watch the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The tips include to not “jockey with strangers” by maintaining 1.5 metres, reining in groups by not showing up to venues with extra people and to stay home if you have a hoarse throat.

While Flemington will be crowd-free for the $7.75 million race, Melbourne’s pubs and bars are hoping for a bumper day after reopening to customers last week.

Cup day events will be held across the city, with outdoor and indoor dining limits of 50 and 20 respectively.

Queensland is relaxing border restrictions for regional NSW on Tuesday, with an extra three million people eligible to enter the Sunshine State.


The Northern Territory is also set to relax travel restrictions imposed on people from regional Victoria.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants all internal borders reopened by Christmas.

Victoria on Monday clocked three straight days of no new cases, its best numbers in five months.

NSW recorded one new locally transmitted case linked to a cluster in western Sydney, along with six more infections among overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

But Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly says Australians have to keep their eye on the ball.