Melbourne lockdown extended, curfew introduced

Due to the ongoing level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria, the current lockdown across Melbourne will be extended and a curfew will be put in place across metropolitan Melbourne.

As of 11.59pm tonight a curfew will commence. From 9pm to 5am a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons.

All restrictions remain in place but will now also include work permits. You can view full list of restrictions here.

Work permits: 

Work permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work. Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work, from 11:59pm on Tuesday August 17.

The permits need to be certified by an employer. Permits will be available on the coronavirus website before these directions come into effect.

Face masks will be required to be worn inside and outdoors- everywhere except your home. Masks will also no longer be able to be removed to consume alcohol outdoors.

Five reasons to leave home:

  • food and supplies- limited to one person per day, per household
  • authorised work
  • care and caregiving
  • exercise with one other person for up to two hours
  • getting vaccinated.

Playgrounds, basketball courts, skate parks and exercise equipment will also be closed from 11.59pm tonight.

A 5km travel radius will also be introduced except:

  • to access necessary goods and services where those goods and services cannot be accessed closer than 5kms from home
  • to visit an intimate partner
  • to visit a person in your “single bubble”
  • allowed to travel for authorised work and permitted education
  • work at an interstate location (where permitted by another state)
  • care and compassionate reasons (specific exemptions apply).

Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home. Work permits apply.

Private and public gatherings will not be permitted.

Read full media release here.

Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately. Visit the Coronavirus website for an updated list of test sites and the latest list of exposure sites.

More information is available at


The situation is fluid and we will keep providing further updates as we know more. If you have any questions or require support please don’t hesitate to contact us. Stay safe.