ICYMI: Melbourne’s lockdown has been extended for another week – with some slight changes.

“At the end of another seven days we do expect to be in a position to carefully ease restrictions in Melbourne,” Acting Premier James Merlino said in a press conference on Wednesday.

But Melburnians planning to escape the city on the upcoming long weekend – from June 12 to 14 – will have to rethink their plans.

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“There will continue to be differences between the settings in Melbourne compared to regional Victoria,” Merlino said. “So, I want to be upfront with people that even if all goes well, we won’t be able to have people travelling from Melbourne to regional Victoria during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“The risk of exporting this virus is just too high.”

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.