Ballarat Health Services is tentatively easing restrictions on visitors.
The new rules, which are now in place, means patients at the Ballarat Base Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Centre can have one visitor session per day, with a maximum of two persons, for less than twohours.
Previously, people being treated within BHS facilities were not allowed to have any visitors.
However, there are tighter restrictions around visitors in aged care facilities.
Residential Aged Care facilities have eased restrictions to allow each resident to receive one visitor per day, for a maximum of 30 minutes.
All visits must be pre-booked and all visitors must have a current flu vaccination, wear a mask, gloves and practice hand hygiene upon entry.
Visitors can contact the facilities directly to book a time to visit.
The easing of restrictions comes as Ballarat clears its last known case of coronavirus.
According to the latest health department information, there are no known active cases in the city.
However, there is a considerable backlog of up to two weeks for some results from Ballarat to be returned.
Ballarat Health Services CEO Dale Fraser said the new restrictions were about protecting patient's safety, while also keeping them connected to support.
"Although this is an easing of restrictions it is not an easing of concern," he said.
"The possibility of spread within the community is still a very real possibility and protecting the most vulnerable is still our highest priority.
"While visitor restrictions are in place, we are encouraging and assisting residents and patients to stay connected with their loved ones with phone calls and FaceTime where possible."
Exemptions to restrictions remain in place for visitors to the wards for the purpose of caring for children, those with disability, support persons during pregnancy and in emergency, and those in palliative care.
All people entering Ballarat Health Services buildings will have their temperature checked on entry, and details taken, and additional screening measures are in place for Residential Aged Care Social distancing restrictions remain in place, in line with the directive from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
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