At 11.59pm tonight, Victoria is entering a seven-day, statewide lockdown. Stage-four restrictions will apply until 11.59pm next Thursday.

“We need to have this circuit-breaker lockdown,” Victoria’s Acting Premier James Merlino said in a press conference this morning. “We know it works, we know it makes a difference, we’ve done it before – Victorians know what to do.”

How long will it last?
The restrictions will apply from 11.59pm on Thursday May 27 until 11.59pm on Thursday June 3.

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Can I leave my home?
There are now five permitted reasons to leave your home:
• Shopping for food or other essential items
• Medical care or caregiving
• Essential work and education, if you cannot work from home
• Exercise, for two hours a day, with up to one other person
• And a new reason: to get vaccinated

Is a lockdown radius in place?
Yes, it is. Once again, you cannot travel more than five kilometres from your home. Exceptions are for permitted work and to shop for essentials, if they cannot be accessed within your radius.

When do I need to wear a mask?
Masks are mandatory everywhere except your home, including outdoors.

Can I exercise with a friend?
You’re allowed to exercise for up to two hours a day with other members of your household, an intimate partner, or one other person who doesn’t fit into the prior two categories.

Are restaurants open?
Hospitality venues – including restaurants, bar and cafes – can only remain open for takeaway.

Can I have a friend over?
No visitors are allowed in your home except for intimate partners. “Single bubbles” are available for those living alone. Private and public gatherings are also prohibited.

Are schools closed?
Schools will close and move to remote learning for now, but can remain open for vulnerable children or the children of workers permitted to leave their homes. Higher education is also moving online.

What else is closed?
• Non-essential retail stores, except for click-and-collect
• Hotels and accommodation, except to support existing guests
• Places of worship, except to film broadcasts
• Hairdressing, beauty and personal-care services
• Real-estate auctions and inspections (though auctions can take place online)
• Community sport and recreation centres
• Swimming pools, spas and saunas, indoor and outdoor springs
• Hotels, Tabs and casinos
• Indoor and outdoor entertainment venues
• Community centres such as libraries, unless they provide essential services and public support
• Creative studios, galleries and museums

Is childcare open?
Childcare and early-learning centres remain open.

Are funerals permitted?
Yes, but they must be limited to 10 people.

Are weddings permitted?
No, unless for compassionate, end-of-life or deportation reasons.

Victoria is going back into lockdown. Masks will be mandatory in all public spaces. Public gatherings are banned and minimal social contact is recommended. If you have concerns about visiting businesses or public spaces, or questions about self-isolation or coronavirus testing, check out the latest updates from the Department of Health and Human Services.