As the state rushes to address the expanding coronavirus cluster, Victorian Acting Premier James Merlino has proclaimed a seven-day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown.
Scheduled to take effect midnight Thursday, the lockdown will give Victorians five justifications to leave their residences.
- shopping for needed goods and services (one individual per household, once daily, a support person can accompany if needed)
- caregiving or compassionate activities
- authorised labour or permitted education, or interstate work
- exercise (no more than two hours, with one other individual or household members)
- getting a vaccination
- other specified reasons (particular exemptions apply).
Masks must be worn at all times (inside and outside) when departing home.
Vaccinations will be accessible for those older than 40, in accordance with availability of supply.
Details of restrictions can be reviewed in the first attachment at the bottom of the Premier’s statement.
While a number of restrictions are similar to those imposed during the most recent lockdown, the construction industry has been given a reprieve as the government affirmed that construction sites will stay open.
This is because construction firms have been called ‘authorised providers’ of services while construction workers have been determined to be ‘authorised workers’.
There are no modifications to density requirements onsite.
Property Council of Australia Victorian Executive Director Danni Hunter praised the ‘appropriate and proportionate’ response from the Victorian Government to go into the lockdown including the move to keep construction sites operable.
She stated the sector would work with the government to guarantee that it can operate with safety and responsibility.
She stated the sector has a sound track record of no outbreaks on work sites and exercises industry COVID-safety guidelines imposed at all sites, and saw the Victorian Government’s decision as a vote of confidence in the business.
Merlino stated that the value of vaccinations should not be underestimated in returning the country to a normal state. He urges everyone eligible to get a vaccine.
Other restrictions include:
- No visitors allowed aside from an intimate partner. Single bubbles will be allowed between two people.
- No public gatherings allowed.
- Restaurants, pubs, and cafes can sell takeaway only.
- Essential retail, supermarkets, food stores, petrol stations, banks, bottle shops and pharmacies, and other retail stores can supply click and collect.
- Childcare and kinders centres will remain open as per the last circuit breaker lockdown earlier in 2021.
- Approved professional sports events will go on as planned, but sans crowds.
- Schools will switch to remote learning, with the exception of vulnerable children, and offspring of authorised labourers.
- Higher education schools will shift to remote learning only.
- Community support and recreation, accommodation, will be closed with certain exemptions applied.
- Hotels, clubs, TABs and the casino will be shut down.
- Indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, swimming pools, spas, saunas, indoor and outdoor springs, community venues, drive in cinemas, amusements parks and arcades, creative studios, art galleries and museums, tourism, tours, and transport, and auctions can operate only online.
- Aged care facilities will permit no visitors except for certain reasons.
- In hospitals, visitors are allowed only for end of life cases, to support a partner during birthing, or a parent accompanying a child.
- In regards to ceremonies, funerals will be conducted with a maximum of 10 people plus those overseeing the service.
- Weddings can’t take place unless end of life or deportation situations apply.
- Religious activities will not go on other than by way of broadcast with a maximum of five people present.
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