Victoria will be entering another circuit-breaker lockdown from 11.59pm tonight, Thursday May 27. The news was announced in a press conference this morning by Acting Premier James Merlino. It’ll run for a week until 11.59pm Thursday June 3.

“Our public health experts’ primary concern is how fast this variant is moving. We’ve seen overseas how difficult that movement can be to control,” Merlino said. “Here in Victoria, we’re seeing not only how quick it is, but how contagious it is as well.”

From tonight, there are five reasons to leave home:
• Shopping for necessary goods and services
• Authorised work or permitted education

• Exercise, with a two-hour limit, and with up to one other person
• Caregiving and compassionate reasons
• And a new reason: to get vaccinated

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Masks are mandatory everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, when not in your home. Exercise and shopping are all limited to a five-kilometre radius from your home.

The news comes after Victoria recorded another 11 Covid-19 cases overnight, bringing the state’s total to 26 for the last three days. All of them have been linked to a breach in hotel quarantine from South Australia.

Contact tracers have also identified around 10,000 primary and secondary contacts related to the positive cases. More than 40,000 Victorians were tested for the virus yesterday – one of the highest testing numbers since the pandemic’s start.

More exposure sites have been added to the DHHS website, including Marvel Stadium and a cafe in the Mornington Peninsula. A full list of exposure sites can be found here.

More to come.

Victoria is about to go into lockdown. Masks are mandated in 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.