As new COVID19 cases start emerging in Melbourne due to new exposure sites and a strain of this virus that is wildly infectious.
Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews has decided not to wait to act. Mr Andrews says waiting could see more people infected and the number of exposure sites explode.
On the advice of the Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria will go into lockdown tonight.
There are only five reasons to leave home from 11:59 pm on Thursday 15 July 2021.
That means Victorians can only leave home
- 1- To get the food and the supplies needed
- 2- For exercise for up to two hours and no more than 5kms from home
- 3- For care or caregiving
- 4- Work or education if you can’t do it from home
- 5- To get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.
These restrictions will be in place for five days, till 11;59 pm on Tuesday 20th July.
A list of authorised work and workers is available here.
Mr Andrews said, “If you were an authorised worker during the last lockdown, you’ll be an authorised worker this time around. Everyone else must work from home.”
Last night it was announced by Victorian health authorities that face masks must be worn indoors at all times (except at home) and outdoors when it’s not possible to physically distance.
However, under today’s announcement, face masks must also be worn outdoors at all times, as it is understood that wearing face masks can keep people safe and stop the spread.
“So please, follow the rules and wear a face mask at all times,” requested Mr Andrews
Anyone who has returned from a red zone on a permit – They must follow the requirements of their permit. That means going straight home to quarantine for 14 days and only leaving to get tested.
And we must be clear. Quarantining means staying at home, Mr Andrews added.
Anyone who needs help getting the food and supplies while they need to quarantine at home – can call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
Premier Andrews says, “For our families, our businesses and our state – stay at home and keep everyone safe.”