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Circuit Breaker, Wimmera

Circuit Breaker, Wimmera

Victoria enters seven-day circuit-breaker COVID-19 lockdown

All Victorians, including people living in the Wimmera, Mallee and Western District will be subject to new seven-day COVID-19 circuit-breaker restrictions from 11.59 tonight.

The new restrictions, in response to the outbreak of a fast-spreading variant of the virus in the state, will remain in place until at least 11.59pm, June 3, unless the State Government can end it sooner based on health advice.

Acting Premier James Merlino announced this morning that from 11.59pm tonight, there would be only five reasons to leave home.

These were for food and supplies; authorised work or permitted education; care and caregiving; exercise for up to two hours and with one other person; and getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Mr Merlino stressed that vaccination was the key ‘to getting on top of the virus’.

“I can’t stress this enough. The only pathway through this pandemic is for people to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible and for our state and our nation to have an alternative to quarantine in terms of high risk,” he said.

Mr Merlino said the seven-day restrictions meant people could only exercise and shop within five kilometres from their homes. If no shops were within a five-kilometre radius, people could travel to the nearest shop.

He said shopping was also limited to one person per day, per household.

The wearing of face masks will be mandatory, outdoors and well as indoors, except for people in their own homes and unless an exemption applied.

Private and public gatherings are banned, but people can still visit an intimate partner. People living alone can make a ‘bubble’ with another person.

Childcare and kindergartens will remain open, but schools will close other than for the children of authorised workers and vulnerable children.

Shops such as supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies can also remain open.

Cafes, restaurants and hotels will only be able to offer take-away services.

Gymnasiums, hairdressers, beauty centres, community facilities and entertainment venues will all close. Non-essential retail can only open for ‘click-and-collect’ transactions.

Hotels and accommodation can only stay open to support guests already staying onsite but cannot make new bookings– unless for a permitted purpose, such as authorised work.

Approved professional sporting events will proceed but without crowds but community sport such as weekend regional football and netball can’t proceed.

The government will provide further advice online about which organisations can open, and which can’t, ahead of directions coming into place.

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