From 8pm tonight, Thursday August 5, Victoria is entering a seven-day lockdown.

“This Delta variant moves so fast, there is no alternative,” Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said in a press conference this afternoon. “We only get one chance to act fast and make difficult decisions that are the right decisions.”

Here’s what’s changing across the state from tonight.

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How long will it last?
The restrictions will apply for seven days from 8pm on Thursday August 5.

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
• 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 – unless you cannot shop or receive care within that distance. You can also leave your five-kilometre radius to visit an intimate partner or someone in your “single bubbles”, or for authorised work and permitted education.

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 members of your household, an intimate partner, or one other person who doesn’t fit into those 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, but can remain open for vulnerable children or the children of workers permitted to leave their homes. Higher education is also moving online.

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

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)
• Hotels, TABs and casinos
• Indoor and outdoor entertainment venues
• Creative studios, galleries and museums

Are funerals permitted?
Yes, but there’s a limit of 10 people.

Are weddings permitted?
No, unless for 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.