Victoria to return to stage three restrictions

Published on 7 July 2020

Photo: Mia Mala McDonald

Hospitality forced to return to takeaway and delivery as metropolitan Melbourne goes back into lockdown.

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the return of stage-three restrictions for Melbourne and one rural shire, Mitchell, starting at 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July. The restrictions will be in place for six weeks, until 19 August. Regional Victoria is not under the restrictions.

The restrictions mean that hospitality businesses in Melbourne will be limited once again to takeaway-only sales. Many businesses were looking ahead to a possible relaxing of restrictions in mid-July.

The announcement comes after the state had a record 191 new cases on Tuesday, the largest single-day increase to date.

For individuals, the news means a return to the restrictions that were in place during March, April and May, with some additional measures. You may only leave your house to:

  • Shop for groceries and essentials
  • Attend work or study that must be performed face to face
  • Give or receive care
  • Exercise outdoors

Travelling outside of metropolitan Melbourne, even for exercise, is not permitted, and the premier specified that staying at home meant staying at your primary residence, not holiday homes or other places of residence.

The nine public housing towers under hard lockdown will continue to remain under those conditions until every resident of the towers has been tested, before moving to the same stage-three lockdowns that are being rolled out across the rest of Melbourne.

For more information, see premier.vic.gov.au or business.vic.gov.au

For information on support available for businesses, head here.

By Emma Breheny

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