New COVID-19 restrictions have been announced in response to a growing number of cases in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and beyond.
Victoria will move to circuit breaker restrictions from 11:59pm 27 May. These settings will remain in place until 11:59pm on 3 June.
There will be 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.
No work permit will be required from an employer for this 7 day circuit breaker when travelling to their workplace including travelling further than 5km from their home. Any person who performs work that is essential for the continued operation of all manufacturing is considered an authorised worker and no work permit needs to be issued.
Read new industry and work restrictions here.
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).
Face masks will be required to be worn inside and outdoors- everywhere except your home.
Private and public gatherings will not be permitted.
Other changes include:
- Schools will close and move to remote learning, except for vulnerable children or children of essential workers
- Childcare and kindergartens will remain open
- Religious gatherings cannot take place in-person
- Weddings are not permitted, unless in exceptional circumstances
- Funeral attendance is limited to 10 people
- Hospitality can open for takeaway only
- Non-essential retail may only open for click and collect.
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.
From Friday 28 May all Victorians over the age of 40 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. All eligible Victorians are also urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible and can book an appointment at a vaccination centre in Victoria.
More information is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
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.