At 11.59pm tonight, Victoria is entering a five-day lockdown. Stage-four restrictions will apply until 11.59pm on Tuesday July 20. This is the state’s third lockdown this year – the most recent one ended just last month.
“This will be a hard lockdown identical to what we did a few weeks ago,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in a press conference this afternoon. “If you were authorised to work then, you’ll be authorised to work now. If you were closed then, you’ll be closed now.”
He said regional areas where there’s lower risk of transmission can potentially exit the lockdown before Tuesday. For now, here’s what’s changing across the state from tonight.
How long will it last?
The restrictions will apply from 11.59pm on Thursday July 15 until 11.59pm on Tuesday July 20.
Can I leave my home?
As with the last lockdown, there are five permitted reasons to leave your home:
• Shopping for food or other essential items (limited to one person per household)
• Medical care or caregiving
• Essential work and education, if you cannot work or study from home
• Exercise, for two hours a day, with up to one other person
• To get vaccinated (or get tested) at your nearest location
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?
Mask rules changed last night – but they’ve changed again. Masks are now 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, bars 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. “Singles 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 there's a limit of 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 indoors and outside your home. 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.