After Victoria recorded one other 671 instances of coronavirus on Sunday and 7 deaths, premier Daniel Andrews introduced a “state of catastrophe” and sweeping new Covid restrictions throughout the state.
Stage three restrictions might be in impact throughout all of regional Victoria from Thursday 6 August. The Covid-19 restrictions for Mitchell shire, which was already below stage three, will stay the identical.
Metropolitan Melbourne entered stage 4 restrictions from 6pm on Sunday 2 August – and you will discover out all about stage 4 restrictions here.
A beforehand introduced statewide obligatory masks coverage can be in impact from Monday three August.
Whereas lots of the guidelines for regional Victoria would be the similar because the stage three lockdown that was imposed in March, there are some variations too.
Listed here are among the principal issues you’ll want to know in regards to the stage three restrictions in regional Victoria:
When does the lockdown begin?
The stage three restrictions protecting regional Victoria come into impact from 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August.
When can I go away my home?
As throughout the earlier stage three lockdown, the 4 causes to depart the home are: purchasing for meals and important gadgets, care and caregiving, each day train, work and examine. However for those who can work or examine from dwelling, you need to. Employers must support you to work from home.
Caregiving contains managing shared custody preparations, utilizing a babysitter, leaving dwelling to take care of animals housed elsewhere, visiting somebody in an aged care dwelling, and visiting somebody in hospital. Specific directions apply.
You may go away your home if you’re vulnerable to household violence or to use for an intervention order, and to attend court docket or a police station.
You can even go away your home to entry medical providers. This time round, that explicitly contains leaving your home to offer blood. Entry to medical providers is unrestricted: you possibly can entry them anyplace in Victoria.
What are the principles for carrying masks?
It has been obligatory for folks in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell shire to put on face coverings in public since midnight on Wednesday 22 July. That rule is prolonged to the whole state from midnight Sunday 2 August.
Individuals should put on a masks or protecting each time leaving the home throughout the state’s second lockdown. There are a number of exceptions. Individuals with a medical motive are exempt, as are kids youthful than 12. Those that have an expert motive “or if it’s simply not sensible, like when operating” are additionally exempt, however these folks will nonetheless be anticipated to hold a face protecting always “to put on when you possibly can”.
In faculties, lecturers won’t have to put on a face protecting whereas instructing, however college students attending courses will. Each lecturers and college students might want to put on a masks on the way in which to and from college.
Andrews mentioned “frequent sense” would information how the brand new guidelines are enforced. Individuals wouldn’t be required to put on one when it was impractical, comparable to when exercising or visiting a financial institution.
Breaking the principles is punishable with a $200 wonderful.
Can I’ve guests to my home? Can I see my associate?
You can not have guests or go to a different particular person’s home until it’s for the aim of giving or receiving care. You may go away your home to go to an individual if you’re in an “intimate private relationship” with them. That’s, there is no such thing as a “bonk ban”.
Can I nonetheless dine in at a restaurant or cafe?
No. Eating places and cafes will solely be capable of commerce as takeaway and supply companies.
Will the outlets be open?
Buying centres, markets and different retailers will be allowed to trade however topic to density guidelines restricted by folks per sq. metre. Strictly talking, you’ll solely be allowed to go to the outlets to purchase meals and important gadgets. For those who need assistance with buying, or want to assist a good friend or member of the family, you possibly can buy groceries collectively however stay 1.5m aside.
What about different companies and providers?
Pubs, bars and nightclubs might be closed and bottle outlets might be takeaway solely. Magnificence providers might be closed, however hairdressers can keep open.
Leisure and cultural venues comparable to music venues, museums, indoor and outside cinemas, and the on line casino might be shut. Brothels and strip golf equipment will even shut. Libraries and neighborhood venues can solely keep open for important providers, or to host weddings and funerals.
Actual property inspections might be by appointment solely and auctions might be performed remotely.
What are the principles for train?
Train continues to be a permitted motive to depart your home.
Swimming swimming pools, playgrounds and gymnasiums might be shut, and neighborhood sport will even cease. Sports activities like golf, tennis and boating can proceed.
You may train with members of your family or one different particular person. You can even rent a private coach.
What is occurring with faculties?
Yr 11 and 12 college students, together with all different college students, will return to distant studying from Wednesday throughout Victoria, besides for kids of permitted employees and susceptible kids.
Specialist faculties, childcare and kinder will stay open for all kids.
What occurs to weddings, funerals or non secular providers?
Non secular providers will must be broadcast on-line. Weddings will be capable of embrace 5 folks (couple, two witnesses and the celebrant) whereas the restrict might be for 10 folks at funerals (not together with these conducting the service).
Vacation accomodation and tenting venues should shut. Journey inside Victoria is allowed just for work and training, and provided that vital.
The place can I journey?
Journey inside regional Victoria is allowed for work or examine, medical care and caregiving, purchasing for meals or provides. Train isn’t a legitimate motive to journey.
Vacation lodging and tenting is closed aside from resident, emergency lodging and work functions.
You can not go to a second place of residence, with restricted exceptions, comparable to in an emergency, for upkeep or shared custody, or to stick with an intimate associate who doesn’t reside with you.
As a result of unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this text is being frequently up to date to make sure that it displays the present scenario on the date of publication. Any vital corrections made to this or earlier variations of the article will proceed to be footnoted in step with Guardian editorial coverage.