Local lockdowns to be introduced across Melbourne

FROM midnight Wednesday night, local lockdowns will be enforced until at least July 29 in the following 10 postcodes areas:

3012 (Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray)

3021 (Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans)

3032 (Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore)

3038 (Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens)

3042 (Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie)

3046 (Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park)

3047 (Broadmeadows, Dallas , Jacana)

3055 (Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West)

3060 (Fawkner)

3064 (Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo)

These “hot zones” will be required to return to stage three Stay at Home restrictions until at least July 29.

People who live in these locations will again have only be four reasons to be out: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work if they can’t do it from home.

For people who live outside these locations, there’s only four reasons to come in: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work if they can’t do it from home.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the businesses and facilities in the affected areas which have been able to recently reopen – from beauty parlours to gyms to libraries to swimming pools – will again be restricted.

“Cafes and restaurants will again only be open for take-away and delivery,” he said.

“And regular police patrols, both in these zones and outside them, will make sure people are abiding by the restrictions.

“For those parents who’ll no doubt be asking, and based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, we expect that schools will return as planned from July 13.

“And for those families who live in these locations but have already left for their holidays – you can continue as you’d planned. But when you come home, these restrictions will apply.

“My message to everyone in restricted postcodes is this: I know this will be terribly disruptive and difficult but if everyone sticks to the rules and we see transmission come down, then in four weeks the restrictions can lift.

“We’re also asking for Victorians for their help to get this information out. If you know someone in one of these areas who doesn’t have the internet, who might be a bit more isolated, who might perhaps miss this message – please pick up the phone, send them a text or a message online and let them know.

“And for everyone outside these zones: please, be smart, be safe and pay attention to the directions. If you don’t then your local area might be next into lockdown and no one wants that.

“Very clearly, this is not where we wanted to be. I understand people are tired. We’re all frustrated. We all just want things to go back to how they once were.

“And the sooner we all do the right thing, the sooner we can beat this.”