Melbourne enters into five-day snap lockdown

By Our Reporter
Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. Photo by Linda Xu on Unsplash

With new cases, new exposure sites and a strain of the Delta variant that is wildly infectious, Victoria, on the advice of Acting Chief Health Officer, will enter into a five-day snap lockdown beginning from 11:59pm on Thursday 15 of July 2021.

So there are only five reasons to leave home: You can only leave home to get the food and the supplies you need, for exercise for up to two hours and no more than 5kms from your home, for care or caregiving, work or education if you can’t do it from home or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location, a statement from the Premier said.

These restrictions will be in place for five days.

A list of authorised work and workers is available online here – but you all know the drill, the statement 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.

On Wednesday (July 14) night, the government announced that face masks must be worn indoors at all times (except at home) and outdoors when it’s not possible to physically distance.

Under today’s announcement, face masks must also be worn outdoors at all times.

If you need help getting the food and supplies you need to quarantine at home – call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398, the statement further said.

For those that have returned from a red zone on a permit – they must follow the requirements of your permit. That means going straight home to quarantine for 14 days and only leaving to get tested.

“We know this outbreak didn’t start here in Victoria. We know that wearing face masks can keep us safe and stop the spread. So please, follow the rules and wear a face mask at all times… For our families, our businesses and our state – stay at home and keep everyone safe.

“And we must be clear. Quarantining means staying at home.”

(Media release)

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