Melbourne COVID lockdown into second week, Melbourne COVID cases grow, exposure sites increased, regional Victoria restrictions eased


Acting Premier James Merlino has kicked off today’s press conference, and confirmed the new lockdown restrictions outlined for Melbourne and regional Victoria yesterday will go ahead as planned.

“At 11.59pm tonight, Victoria will move to the restrictions I outlined yesterday based on public health advice, and I will just take you that through again,” Mr Merlino said.

“In Melbourne, there are five reasons to leave home: shopping, care and caregiving, work, getting vaccinated, exercising. People can travel to an expanded 10 kilometre radius.

“Students in years 10, 11 and 12 and starting units three and four of the BCE will be back at school on Friday. A number of jobs will be added to the authorised list: landscaping, installing solar panels.

“Other restrictions, including mask wearing, will stay the same.

“The Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the easing of regional restrictions will occur as planned tonight. That is great news for regional Victoria. That means lifting the stay-at-home and travel restrictions.

“All year levels and students will return to face-to-face schooling. Public gatherings, catching up at a park or a beach, will be increased to 10 people.

“Restaurants and cafes can open to a maximum of 50. Retail, beauty and personal care, entertainment venues and community facilities will open in line with density limits. Religious ceremonies and funerals will be capped at 50. Weddings at 10.

“We will move to work or study from home if you can and offices will be capped at 50 per cent. Some things will not change, as we talked about yesterday. Visitors to the home are still not okay and we still need masks worn inside.”

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