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COVID Lockdown Details

COVID Lockdown Details

Find out what you can and can't do

Regional Victoria has been included in the COVID-19 lockdown.

"If we make the wrong choice now, if we wait too long, if we hesitate too much, this thing will get away from us. And lives will be at risk," said Acting Premier James Merlino.

There are only five permitted reasons for leaving your house: food and supplies; authorised work; caregiving; exercise; and getting vaccinated.

Masks are required indoors and outdoors, except in your own home.

All Victorians over the age of 40 are now also eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Do it for yourself. Your family. Your friends. Your community," said Mr Merlino. "Vaccination is our only real ticket out of this pandemic."

Full details of the lockdown are below.

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- Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from home. If there no shops in your 5km radius, you can travel to the ones closest to you. Shopping is also limited to one person per day, per household.

- Face masks will need to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

- Private and public gatherings will not be permitted, although visiting your intimate partner continues to be okay. Single person bubbles will also be allowed.

- Childcare and kinder will remain open, but schools will need to close other than for the children of authorised workers and vulnerable kids.

- Shops like supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies will also remain open. Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer take-away only. Gyms, hairdressers, community facilities and entertainment venues will all close. Non-essential retail may only open for click and collect.

- Hotels and accommodation can only stay open to support guests already staying onsite. No new bookings can be made – unless it’s for a permitted purpose, like authorised work.

Advice on who can open, and who can’t, will be made available online ahead of directions coming into place – as will the full list of authorised workers and workplaces.

Importantly a full list of current public exposure sites, which continues to grow, is available at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites.

Beyond Blue is reminding Victorians that the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is available to support their mental health and wellbeing during the latest period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Head to coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au and 1800 512 348 for mental health advice and information tailored to the pandemic.

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