On Sunday the 2nd of August, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, announced a raft of tougher restrictions across Victoria, in a bid to curb continuing ‘unacceptably high’ rates of community transmission.
The Premier has announced a State of Disaster across Victoria and Stage Four Stay at Home Restrictions for Melbourne from 6pm Sunday August 2 to limit movement and limit the spread of the virus across our community. The State of Emergency and enhanced Stage Four restrictions will remain in force until Sunday 13th September.
A nightly curfew from 8pm – 5am each day will take place from Sunday night across Melbourne. The only exceptions will be work, medical care and care giving.
New limits will apply, as follows:
- Takeaway meals from restaurants and home deliveries are still permitted.
- Accommodation facilities will be permitted to remain open for the purposes of providing accommodation, where accommodation is provided or funded by the Victorian Government in response to COVID-19. Including returning overseas travellers; Work purposes; People subject to direction or detention orders; Diagnosed persons and close contacts; For workers in critical sectors beyond hotels (for example, caravan parks); Where it’s unsafe for the person to reside in their primary place of residence.
- Shopping – one person, per household, per day, within a five kilometre radius of home.
- Exercise – limited to a maximum of two people, you and one other person, whether you live with them or not.
- Maximum exercise duration has been set at one hour.
- Group size – a maximum of two people (same rules as exercise).
- Funerals – no change to existing restrictions.
- Weddings – will not be permitted to occur in Melbourne from Wednesday 5th August.
- Schools will return to remote learning, for all year levels, with exceptions for special school students, whose parents are essential workers, from Wednesday 5th August.
- The same rules will apply for kinders and early childhood learning centres from Thursday 6th August.
Victoria’s State of Disaster will provide police additional powers to enforce compliance. These announcements come as Victoria has recorded 671 new COVID-19 cases overnight, with 760 “mystery cases” apparent across 6,322 active cases. The Premier noted that a source of infection in these ‘mystery cases,’ cannot be traced, hence the primary need for a move to Stage Four Restrictions across Melbourne.
Residents in regional Victoria will now be subject to Stage Three Stay at Home Restrictions, while the Mitchell Shire will remain at Stage Three restriction levels.
The Premier noted today’s announcements are about limiting how people move around Victoria, while also foreshadowing announcements on further restrictions pertaining to how people work tomorrow.
He concluded his remarks by noting this is perhaps the biggest challenge our state has ever faced, on a “very difficult day for Victoria.”
Please click on the link below to read the Premier’s associated press release: