Covid Victoria lockdown restrictions: Melbourne and regional Vic new coronavirus rules explained | Victoria

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Victoria has extended its seven-day “circuit-breaker lockdown” to 14 days in response to the growing Covid cluster in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

The initial seven-day lockdown applied to the entire state until Thursday 3 June, however on Wednesday 2 June, with over 350 exposure sites, the Victorian government announced the lockdown would be extended for greater Melbourne, with some small changes, until 11.59pm Thursday 10 June.

The following rules apply from 11.59pm Thursday 3 June to greater Melbourne and regional Victoria.

When can I leave my house?

If you live in Melbourne, you cannot leave your home unless it is for one of five approved reasons.

The reasons are: shopping; authorised work or education; exercise; caregiving, compassionate and medical reasons; and to get vaccinated.

A number of jobs have also been added to the authorised worker list, including landscaping and installing solar panels.

People in regional Victoria can leave home for any reason.

How far can I travel from home?

For shopping and exercise, you need to stay within a 10km radius of your home.

Regional Victorians have no restrictions on how far they can travel within regional Victoria.

What are the rules for exercise?

There is a two-hour limit on exercise, and can only be with one other person, and you must stay within a 10km radius of your home.

This restriction does not apply to regional Victoria.

What are the rules for wearing face masks?

Masks must be worn everywhere except for in your home. This includes both indoor places and outdoor areas – unless you have a medical exemption.

In regional Victoria, the same rules apply, except you do not have to wear your mask outdoors unless 1.5m of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Can I have visitors to my house?

No visitors are allowed to your home, other than an intimate partner. People who live alone will be able to form a “single bubble”. If you live alone, you can make a bubble with another person, who can visit you.

The same rule applies for both Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Can I travel interstate?

Each state and territory is updating guidance on travel rules individually:

What about public gatherings?

Public gatherings are not allowed in Melbourne.

In regional Victoria, up to 10 people can hold public gatherings.

What is happening with schools?

Students in years 10, 11 and 12 and starting units three and four of the VCE will be allowed back to school on Friday.

Onsite learning is also allowed for vulnerable children or children of authorised workers.

Remote learning for everyone else in Melbourne.

Childcare, early learning centres and kindergartens are still open.

In regional Victoria face-to-face learning returns for all year levels.

Can I dine in at a restaurant or cafe?

Not in Melbourne. Restaurants, cafes and pubs will be open for takeaway only.

In regional Victoria, it is open for seated service only, with a maximum patron cap of 50 people, group sizes of a maximum of 10 people and density of one person per four square metres.

Are the shops open?

In Melbourne, essential retail, such as supermarkets, petrol, pharmacies, bottle shops and banks, will be open. But other shops will be open only for click and collect.

In regional Victoria, retail can open with a density of one person per four square metres.

Across Victoria all venues are now required to make people sign in to the Service Vic QR code app.

What about weddings, funerals and religious services?

In Melbourne, only 10 people will be allowed to attend funerals in person. No weddings are allowed unless for end-of-life or deportation reasons. No religious activities are allowed in-person beyond five people.

In regional Victoria, weddings can have 10 people. Funerals can have no more than 50 people, but children under 12 months do not count in this cap.

What about aged care and hospitals?

Across Victoria, no visitors are allowed at aged care facilities except for limited reasons. There will be no visitors to hospitals allowed except for end of life, if you’re a partner during the birth of your child, or a parent accompanying a child.

Can I go and get vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated is one of the reasons people who are eligible to receive the jab can leave home. The Victorian government has expanded the eligibility to include those aged between 40-49 for state-operated vaccination sites. People in this category can now call the hotline on 1800 675 398 to book an appointment.

What about heading back to the office?

In Melbourne if people can work from home they must work from home.

In regional Victoria, if people can work from home they must work from home, but workplaces can have up to 50% of staff in the office, or maximum 20 people, whichever is greater.

  • Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is regularly updated to ensure it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

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