Daniel Andrews has announced that 10 Melbourne postcodes will go back into lockdown after a recent spike in coronavirus cases.
“Very clearly, we are not where we wanted to be,” Andrews said in a statement. “And as today’s case numbers show, Victoria is experiencing significant community transmission of coronavirus.”
Stage three restrictions will be reimposed on the affected suburbs from 11.59pm on Wednesday evening, and will be in place until at least July 29.
Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes to shop for food and other supplies, to exercise, to study or work (if you cannot do so from home), and for compassionate reasons.
“We know close personal contact has been the source of the spread,” Andrews said. “That’s why we need local residents to do the right thing: assume you may be infectious – and act accordingly.”
Those living outside the affected areas can only enter them for the same four reasons.
Businesses such as beauty parlours and gyms, and community facilities including libraries and public swimming pools “will again be restricted”, and cafes and restaurants will be limited to takeaway and delivery.
“Regular police patrols, both in these zones and outside them, will make sure people are abiding by the restrictions,” Andrews said.
Grants will be made available to some businesses, and schools will reopen as planned from July 13.
The news comes as Victoria records 64 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, contributing to a total of 233 since last Thursday. The state has also increased testing, with 93,000 Victorians getting tested in the last five days.
“Sadly, frustratingly, it’s just not been enough,” Andrews said. “Too many people are still going out when they’re sick. Too many people are ignoring rules about physical distancing and pretending restrictions don’t matter. Yet still, somehow, more than a thousand people, when asked, refused to be tested.
“It shows us that still, somehow, too many people are not taking this seriously.”
The postcodes affected by the new restrictions are:
3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3032: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3038: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
3064: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo
Read the full statement here.