Victoria's daily COVID-19 tally recorded 473 new local cases on Monday morning.
There were no cases acquired overseas.
The Department of Health and Human Services said 202 of the new cases were linked to known cases and outbreaks.
More than 30,000 vaccines were administered and 49,037 test results received.
Victoria now has 3507 active coronavirus cases.
The figures come after a weekend when residents on both sides of the Murray River enjoyed the end of lockdown.
Essential Ingredient owner and Albury Business Connect chair Barry Young said looking out the doors of his shop was like looking back in time.
"A lot of people are about, the street's been busy, it's back to really what we considered to be normal pre-COVID," he said.
"Everyone's reaction has been the same, they've just been dying to get out, talk and connect with people again. They've really felt it."
Riverina Murray regional manager Anthony McFarlane said businesses might have reopened but many are still doing it very tough after losing weeks of income.
"Before we even went into the regional NSW lockdown a lockdown impact survey in July had already told us 20 per cent businesses only had four weeks liquidity, cash reserves, to survive," he said.
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