VICTORIA will enter its sixth lockdown from 8pm tonight.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced the lockdown will last seven days, with Victorians again only having five reasons to leave home: getting food and essential supplies, exercising for up to two hours, care or caregiving, authorised work or education if it can’t be done from home, or to get vaccinate at the neared possible location.
With suspected Delta cases infectious in the community, as well as high number of associated close contacts and exposure sites, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared stay at home restrictions will be reintroduced.
The new lockdown comes as Victoria was due to see a relaxation of restrictions on Tuesday night.
Shopping and exercise must be done within five kilometres of home or the nearest location.
Face masks will remain mandatory indoors (not at home) and outdoors unless an exception applies – this includes all workplaces and secondary schools.
Private gatherings are not permitted except for an intimate partner or nominated person visits. Public gatherings are not permitted.
Exercise is limited to two people.
Childcare and early childhood care will remain open. Schools will close, with primary and secondary school students returning to remote learning – except for vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers who can learn on site.
Where a parent or carer indicates a student with a disability cannot learn from home due to vulnerability or family stress, the school must provide on-site learning for that student. This will apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.
Higher education students will also return to remote learning, except for learning programs allowed on the authorised premises and authorised workers list.
With the Wangaratta wastewater detection and the potential that regional Victorians have been exposed to COVID-19 linked to the current outbreak, restrictions will apply state-wide.
“No Victorian wants to be in this position. We know that the Delta variant moves faster than anything our public health experts have seen before – and we know what we need to do to drive it down once again,” Premier Andrews said.
There are no changes to the current arrangements for border communities.