Victoria’s seven-day lockdown has been extended.
Originally slated to end at 11.59pm tomorrow – Thursday June 3 – it will now stretch for another week. That means it will end 11.59pm Thursday 10 June.
There will, however, be a slight easing of restrictions from 11.59pm tomorrow in metro Melbourne: the five reasons to leave home will remain, but the lockdown radius will be extended to 10 kilometres.
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Restrictions in regional Victoria are proposed to ease significantly, pending testing over the next 24 hours, as follows: the five reasons to leave home will no longer apply and there’ll be no limit on how far you can travel from home – though travel to Melbourne will only be allowed for permitted reasons.
Acting Premier James Merlino announced the news in a press conference on Wednesday, after the state recorded six new locally acquired cases of coronavirus overnight – bringing the total number of cases linked to this outbreak to 60.
Merlino also stressed that those from metro Melbourne won’t be able to travel to regional Victoria over the upcoming Queen’s Birthday long weekend. “The risk of exporting this virus is just too high,” he said.
Melbourne is currently in 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.