Victoria to enter seven-day lockdown
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Victoria to enter seven-day lockdown

Victoria will begin a seven-day lockdown from midnight tonight and remain in place until 11.59 pm on 3 June 2021. Overnight 11 cases were recorded, bringing the cluster to 26, while 10,000 primary and secondary contacts and 80 exposure sites were identified.

We’ve summarised some of the key changes and restrictions that could impact you.

Five reasons to leave home

Victorians will again be restricted to a 5km radius from their home and only be allowed to leave for five reasons - shopping for food and supplies, authorised work, care and caregiving, exercise with one other person for up to two hours and getting vaccinated/tested.

Work

If you can work from home, you must work from home.

The state government won’t be reinstating the permit system from prior lockdowns in Victoria, instead, certain workers will be authorised to leave their home for work.

The full list of authorised providers and workers here.

Retail

Food retail and hospitality will be limited to take-away only service. Essential retail will be open with a one-person per 4 square metre density limit.

Other retail will close except for contactless click and collect services.

Hairdressing, beauty, and personal care businesses must close.

Education and Childcare

Early learning centres, childcare and family daycare centres can open.

Schools will move to remote learning but will be open to vulnerable children and the children of essential workers. The government has recommended schools have a pupil-free day on Friday to prepare for remote learning next week.

Leisure

Entertainment

All entertainment and leisure venues will be closed including indoor and outdoor fixed seated entertainment, non-seated indoor venues, non-seated outdoor venues, drive-in cinemas, amusement parks, casinos, betting and electronic gaming venues, and sexual service businesses.

Play centres, indoor skate parks and indoor trampolining centres will be closed.

Fitness

Indoor physical recreation and sports activities must not operate. Outdoor physical recreation and sports activities are not permitted although playgrounds remain open.

Events

Funerals (indoor and outdoor) will be restricted to no more than 10 people plus those necessary to conduct the funeral. Children under 12 do not count towards this cap.

Other things to keep in mind

  • A five-kilometre travel radius will be introduced. 
  • General elective surgery will be paused for the next seven days. Emergency surgery will continue.
  • Shopping will be limited to one person per day, per household.
  • Face masks will be required to be worn inside and outdoors everywhere.
  • Private and public gatherings will not be permitted, although single bubbles and intimate partner visits will be allowed.
  • Weddings (indoor and outdoor) are not permitted unless there is end of life or deportation reasons.
  • Religious gatherings are not permitted except online.
  • Real estate inspections are not permitted, and auctions are restricted to online-only events.
  • Victorians aged 40-49 are now eligible to get a Pfizer jab at state-run sites.
  • South Australia and Tasmania have reintroduced hard borders with Victoria.
  • New Zealand has closed its borders to Melbourne’s hotspots, while NSW and Queensland have both warned against non-essential travel to Victoria.
  • There are now 79 exposure sites including an AFL match, Prahran bars, a university campus and pub and a hair salon in country Victoria.

 More information on Victoria’s circuit breaker restrictions here

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