Coronavirus Victoria: State of disaster declared as new restrictions imposed


Victoria will enter an official “state of disaster” from 6pm Sunday night, meaning people in metro areas of Melbourne will not be allowed to move further than five kilometres from their home.

One person per household will be permitted to leave to procure goods, and broadly, no recreational activity will be allowed outside of a one-hour per day exercise allowance.

Just two people will be allowed to exercise together, for a maximum of an hour and only within five kilometres of their home.

A curfew will also be enforced from 8pm Sunday night in metro Melbourne, meaning people will not be allowed to be outside their home between 8pm and 5am unless for four essential reasons.

“To get care, to give care, or to go to and from work or be at work,” premier Daniel Andrews said.

“We can no longer have people visiting others. We can no longer have people simply out and about for no good reason whatsoever.

“It is not an easy decision to make but it is necessary and that’s why I’ve made it and that’s why police will be out in force and you will be stopped.”

From midnight on Wednesday, regional Victoria will enter Stage Three restrictions requiring people in those areas to stay home unless for the four essential reasons.

“That will mean restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms, a whole range of other settings will need to close from midnight next Wednesday,” Mr Andrews said.

The restrictions will remain in place until September 13 – at least six weeks from their enforcement.

Mr Andrews said while supermarkets, butchers, bakeries and beverage suppliers would be allowed to continue operating as normal, operating guidelines for other businesses were still being worked through.

“There will be a third category of business and they’ll close and move exclusively to working from home and if they can’t work from home, the work simply won’t be done,” he said.

“There is a lot of detail. Very complicated…other issues. They are being worked through. I’ll have further announcements to make tomorrow about that.”

He urged Victorians not to begin queueing outside supermarkets as those retailers would remain open, as well as meal takeaway services.

“It is essentially a whole series of large workplaces and we’ll work through those in a painstaking way. We already have been for the entire weekend. That work is being finalised today and tonight.

“Tomorrow will about a series of restrictions that relate to how we work and that’s the way best to do this. It is complex and you’re best to get it right and take the time to engage deeply with those that will be most affected.”

His announcement came as the state recorded 671 new cases of the virus on Sunday and seven more deaths – three women in their 70s, two in their 80s, one man in his 90s and one woman in her 90s.

Mr Andrews said six of the deaths were in connection with outbreaks within the aged care sector.

Of the total active cases in the state, he said 760 were “mystery cases” that could not be tracked to an original source.

“Those mysteries, that community transmission is in many respects our biggest challenge and the reason why we need to move to a different set of rules,” Mr Andrews said.


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