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Melbourne lockdown extended, whilst restrictions ease for Regional Victoria

 

Acting Premier, James Merlino has announced that Melbourne will continue under the ‘Circuit Breaker’ restrictions for another 7 days, whilst those living in regional Victoria will have restrictions eased as of 11:59 pm Thursday night.

The extended lockdown means Melbourne businesses will be forced to remain either closed or only offer takeaway and click-and-collect services until midnight Thursday, June 10.

The government announced a further $209.3 million in grants for the 70,000 small- and medium-sized businesses in the city area, bringing the state’s total business support package to $460 million.

Melbourne’s now 14-day lockdown is the longest lockdown enforced in any city since the JobKeeper wage subsidy ended on March 28.

Regional Victoria will see some relief with restaurants and cafes to reopen to a maximum of 50 people, and retail, beauty and personal care, entertainment venues and community facilities able to reopen in line with density limits.

The updated restrictions are as follows:

Metropolitan Melbourne

Education

Students in years 11 and 12, and students who are undertaking a unit 3/4 VCE or VCAL subject, will return to the classroom on Friday.

Masks

Mask-wearing will remain mandatory indoors and outside in Melbourne.

Travel Limits

The five reasons to leave the home will remain, but the limit you can travel for exercise and shopping for supplies will be increased to 10kms.

Weddings and Funerals

There is no change to the ban on weddings in Melbourne, except in the case of compassionate reasons, such as end-of-life or deportation.

Work

A number of outdoor jobs will be added to the authorised worker list in Melbourne, with things like landscaping painting, installing solar panels or letterboxing will be allowed, but with restrictions, including mask-wearing.

Regional Victoria

Education

All year levels and all students will return to face-to-face schooling.

Masks

Masks are still mandatory inside and are still required outside only when physical distancing isn’t possible.

Travel Limits

From Friday, regional Victorians will be allowed to leave the home for any reason and travel any distance. You may travel to Melbourne if absolutely necessary, but you must then follow Melbourne’s restrictions.

Retail

Shops can reopen with density quotients of 1 person per 4sq metres and mandatory QR codes. Auction houses will be open for up to 50 people with density quotients.

Hospitality

Venues may open for seated services only, for up to 50 people per venue with maximum group sizes of 10 people.

Weddings and Funerals

Religious ceremonies and funerals will be capped at 50 people, and weddings at 10 people.

Work

If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Capacity limits in workplaces such as offices capped at 50% or 20 people, whichever is greater.

A full list of both Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria restrictions can be found in the link below.

Table of Restrictions