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Five-day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown announced for Victoria

 

Victoria will be locked down from 11.59pm on Friday night, with stage four restrictions introduced across the entire state until 11.59pm Wednesday.

Victoria’s new restriction from 11.59pm Friday night are as follows;

Social

  • There are only four reasons to leave home: shopping for things you need, care and caregiving, exercise, and essential work;
  • The 5km limit for leaving home will be reintroduced;
  • Faces masks will be required at all times outside the home, both indoors and outdoors;
  • No visitors will be allowed in the home;
  • Public gatherings will not be allowed.

Venues

The following must close from 11.59pm Friday night until 11.59pm Wednesday:

  • Gyms;
  • Pools;
  • Community centres;
  • Entertainment venues;
  • Play centres, indoor skate parks, indoor trampolining centres;
  • Retail, except for essential shops;
  • Cafes, restaurants and pubs, except for takeaway;
  • Libraries.

Education

  • Schools will close, with remote learning to resume;
  • Vulnerable children and children of essential workers are exempt and can attend school;
  • Universities and TAFEs will close or move to remote learning;
  • Childcare and kinders will stay open.

Retail and hospitality

  • As with stage four restrictions last year, all non-essential retail must close;
  • Supermarkets, bottle shops, financial institutions, post offices, newsagents, petrol stations and pharmacies can stay open;
  • Cafes and restaurants are restricted to takeaway only, dine-in is not allowed;
  • Pubs must close;
  • One person in each household can go shopping per day.

Funerals and weddings

  • Funerals are restricted to groups of up to 10 people;
  • Weddings must be postponed, unless end of life or another exceptional reason exists. In that case, five people are allowed, including those being married, a celebrant and two witnesses.

Australian Open (and other professional sport)

  • No crowds allowed.
  • Athletes are considered essential workers.
  • Staff required to ensure the safe running of the event also considered essential.

Accommodation

  • Hotels and accommodation providers, such as Airbnbs, can stay open to support existing guests;
  • However no further bookings can be accepted.

Religion

  • No in-person gatherings permitted for religious ceremonies.

Real estate

  • Inspections are closed.
  • Auctions are closed, except for online.

Playgrounds

  • Outdoor playgrounds remain open.

Aged care and hospitals

  • No visitors are permitted into aged care or other residential facility settings, except for end-of-life reasons; Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry;
  • No visitors are permitted into health care settings, except for end-of-life reasons, as a support partner for birth, or a parent to accompany a child; Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry.

Queensland will close its border to residents of greater Melbourne from 1am on Saturday and will carry out contact tracing for 1500 people in the Sunshine State following the announcement of a five-day lockdown in Melbourne. The border will remain closed for two weeks.

Western Australia is putting up a hard border with Victoria for three days, from 6pm tonight.

Premier Mark McGowan said from tonight, residents returning to WA from Victoria, will be only allowed in for "compassionate" reasons. They will be assessed by police and will have to do 14-day self-quarantine and be tested for the virus on arrival and on day 11.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has announced that Tasmania is declaring all of Victoria 'high risk' from midnight tonight.

The length of this declaration is expected to follow 'same timeframe' as the Victorian lockdown. Tasmanian residents who need to travel home from Victoria must go through G2G process. Non-Tasmanian residents will be denied entry, though extreme circumstances can apply for an exemption.

More information can be found here.