Due to levels of community transmission in Melbourne and in regional Victoria, new restrictions are in force.
Residents of Melbourne may only leave their home for four reasons – shopping for food and essential goods, caregiving and medical reasons, work or study and exercise. However there are new limits for residents of Melbourne, including:
- A limit on movement, restricted to a 5km radius from your home.
- A curfew from 8pm to 5am each day, except for essential work, care and medical reasons.
- A limit to one person per home leaving for shopping, once per day.
- A limit of one hour of exercise, with only one other person (dependent children exempt).
Childcare centres will close, except for children of essential workers. Weddings will be banned from Thursday 6 August, except for compassionate reasons. Funerals will be allowed (10 mourners may leave Melbourne for a regional funeral.)
There will be a number of changes and/or closures to workplaces in Melbourne.
The following workplaces will remain open and unaffected:
- Supermarkets, groceries and liquor stores.
- Petrol stations.
- Banks, post offices and newsagencies.
- Frontline pandemic response.
From 11:59pm, Wednesday 5 August, the following workplaces will close:
- Retail, except contactless click and collect.
- Some manufacturing.
The following workplaces will continue to operate, but with changes like mandatory temperature checks, enhanced PPE, reduced production and others:
- Food production.
- Waste collection.
- Supply chain logistics.
- Warehousing and distribution.
- Abattoirs (including abattoirs in regional Victoria.)
There are more details on workplace restrictions here.
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility. More details, and the permit form are available here.
From midnight Wednesday 5 August, residents of regional Victoria will move to stage three restrictions and may only leave their residence for four reasons:
- For work or school that can not be conducted at home.
- For shopping for essential items only.
- For medical care.
- For exercise.
Under these restrictions, you should not have any visitors in your home. Exercise and public gatherings are limited to those from your household, or two people. Retail stores and hairdressers remain open, subject to social distancing restrictions. Markets are limited to food and drink only. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars are restricted to takeaway only.
Mitchell Shire will remain on stage three restrictions.
All Victorians must wear a face covering when leaving their home.
From Wednesday 5 August, all students across Victoria will move to remote and flexible learning. Special schools will remain open for students who require it. Schools will remain open for children of essential workers.
These restrictions are expected to remain in place until 13 September.
For more information on the current restrictions, please visit the Victorian DHHS website.
Melbourne stage four restrictions apply to the following local council areas: The council areas impacted by stage three restrictions are: Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges, Yarra.