Everything you need to know about Melbourne’s radical lockdown

Weddings banned, sport scrapped, an 8pm curfew and one shop per day – here’s everything you need to know about Melbourne’s radical lockdown

  • Daniel Andrews announced Victoria will enter into a state of disaster on Sunday 
  • Curfew bans anyone being out 8pm-5am unless working or on medical grounds 
  • Sport and weddings will be banned and police will be given additional powers 
  • Exercise is allowed for one hour once per day and only one daily shopping outing
  • Sanctions commence at 6pm Sunday and will last for six weeks til September 12 

A state of disaster has been declared in Victoria as the state tightens COVID-19 restrictions and implements a nightly curfew in Melbourne

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed Melbourne will to go into strict Stage 4 lockdown from 6pm on Sunday until at least September 13, revealing a strict set of rules for the radical shutdown.   

Under new restrictions Melbourne residents must stay home between 8pm and 5am every day, with exemptions for work, receiving medical help or care giving.

Residents are able to exercise with only one other person for a maximum of an hour per day and must remain within five kilometres of their home.

Victoria has been declared a state of disaster with tighter restrictions implemented in Melbourne to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state. Pictured: shoppers wear face masks after stocking up on supplies at a Costco outlet in Melbourne on Sunday

Victoria has been declared a state of disaster with tighter restrictions implemented in Melbourne to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state. Pictured: shoppers wear face masks after stocking up on supplies at a Costco outlet in Melbourne on Sunday

What Stage 4 lockdown means for you 

State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown. Cautions will no longer be issues, only fines or court summons

Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 6am except for work, medical, caregiving – no shopping or exercising

Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 5km from home 

Exercise limits: All recreational activity is banned and you can only exercise, with one other person, for one hour a day

Partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 5km away 

Shopping: Only one person can go shopping per household per day

Cafes and restaurants stay open for takeaway, as do supermarkets and bottle shops

Schools: All students learning from home from Wednesday unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare close on Thursday (same exceptions apply)

Funerals: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne to regional Victoria for one

Weddings: Completely banned

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One shopping outing is allowed per day and can only be done by one member of a household within five kilometres of their home. 

Schools will effectively be closed and remote learning will commence for students across the state from Wednesday, with exemptions for special schools and for children of essential workers, who can attend childcare centres.

TAFEs and universities will also be closed with learning to be done remotely.  

Weddings will be banned from Thursday, however funerals will still be allowed – with a maximum of 10 people allowed to travel from Melbourne to regional Victoria to attend one. 

All recreational sport will be banned throughout the state of disaster.

Melbourne’s Night Network weekend public transport service will be shut down and its regular public transport will be reduced during curfew hours.

Mr Andrews said police will also be given additional powers to make sure people comply with public health directions.

‘I know Victorians are with me when I say, too many people are not taking this seriously,’ he said. 

‘And too many people not taking this seriously means that too many other people are having to plan funerals for those they love.’

The face mask mandate will continue to be in effect across the state, with the changes set to remain until September 13, which is six weeks away. 

‘As always, we’ll keep reviewing and realigning the restrictions in line with the advice of our health experts – and if we can change things earlier, we will.

‘I know that will cause a certain level of anxiety and uncertainty. But the truth is, this is complex – and we’re going to take some extra time to make sure we get these calls right.’

The new restrictions mean all students will be learning from home from Wednesday unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Pictured: Brunswick East Primary School after it was closed for deep cleaning on June 23

The new restrictions mean all students will be learning from home from Wednesday unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Pictured: Brunswick East Primary School after it was closed for deep cleaning on June 23

A breakdown of Victoria's recent coronavirus infections, with 671 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (pictured)

A breakdown of Victoria’s recent coronavirus infections, with 671 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (pictured)

Weddings will be banned across the state from Thursday, though funerals will still be allowed. Pictured: a photographer wearing a face masks shoots wedding pictures in Melbourne on July 20

Weddings will be banned across the state from Thursday, though funerals will still be allowed. Pictured: a photographer wearing a face masks shoots wedding pictures in Melbourne on July 20

Mr Andrews urged Melburnians not to panic buy products, revealing supermarkets, bottle shops, pharmacies, bakers and butchers would remain open.

The Victorian Premier said declaring a state of disaster on Sunday was the most difficult decision of his political career.

‘I’ve had the job of leading this state for almost six years – more than 2,000 days. And today is by far the hardest day – and the hardest decision,’ he said.

‘But it is the decision I’ve made to keep our state safe. 

Daniel Andrews said declaring a state of disaster in Victoria was the hardest decision he has made in office

Daniel Andrews said declaring a state of disaster in Victoria was the hardest decision he has made in office

‘All the temporary sacrifices we make now – all the time missed with mates, those delayed visits to mum – those sacrifices will help keep our mates and our mums and our fellow Victorians safe.’ 

He said an explosion of ‘mystery cases that cannot be traced back to work or home’ was deeply concerning. 

‘As they tell us, based on the current numbers, cases might begin to drop off not in days or weeks – but in months. Months more of lockdown restrictions. Months more of 300, 400, 500 cases a day,’ he said.

‘More Victorians in hospital beds. More Victorians hooked up to machines just to breathe. And more Victorians – more grandparents, parents, sons, daughters, partners and loved ones – choked to death by an invisible enemy.

‘That’s not something I’m willing to accept. I don’t think it’s something any of us are willing to accept.

‘We must do more. We must go harder. It’s the only way we’ll get to the other side of this.’

Sport has also been banned in the state of disaster. Pictured: golfers play at Albion Park Golf Course in May

Sport has also been banned in the state of disaster. Pictured: golfers play at Albion Park Golf Course in May

REGIONAL VICTORIA RETURNS TO STAGE THREE CORONAVIRUS SANCTIONS:

Premier Daniel Andrews announced Victoria would enter into a state of disaster from 6pm on Sunday night, with regional communities moving back into stage three restrictions.

‘That means there’ll again only be four reasons to be out: shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Daily exercise. Work and study – if you can’t do it from home,’ Mr Andrews said.

Businesses will also be subject to stage three sanctions, meaning cafes and restaurants will be take away only, entertainment venues will close, community sport will stop and beauty and personal services will shut down.

‘These changes will be in place for at least the next six weeks,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘As always, we’ll keep reviewing and realigning the restrictions in line with the advice of our health experts – and if we can change things earlier, we will.

‘I know there’ll also be questions about why restrictions are needed in some communities that have no cases.

‘But as we’ve learnt over the course of thing, just because you have no cases today – doesn’t mean you won’t tomorrow. And when the cost of failure if measured in lives, it’s a risk we cannot afford to take.’

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