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Playgrounds To Open But Melbourne Lockdown Extended Until At Least September 23

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Playgrounds To Open But Melbourne Lockdown Extended Until At Least September 23

The lockdown has been extended yet again.

Victoria’s lockdown has been extended till at least 70 per cent of the residents have received their first dose of the vaccine. In the meantime, Premier Daniel Andrews has allowed playgrounds to reopen from 11.59pm, September 2. Playgrounds will be for children under 12, with one supervising adult or carer. QR codes will be available at playgrounds for checking in, and adults must not remove their masks to eat or drink.

All other restrictions will remain in place since the risk has been deemed too high.

“That’s as far as we can go in terms of changes effective from midnight tomorrow night. Everything else has to stay in place until on or about the 23rd of September when we get first dose 70 per cent across our state,” Mr Andrews said.

In terms of workplace restrictions, similar to last year, permits are now required for authorised workers who are required to carry a permit while working.

At large construction sites, staffing has been reduced to 25 per cent or five workers on site, whichever is higher.

“Do the right thing and work from home if you can,” Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton had previously said.

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“At the moment we have a steady number of cases who are out in the community each day, and an increasing number of mystery cases, and we need to get ahead of that. These new measures will help us limit movement, so we can catch up and shut down this outbreak.”

As the lockdown has been extended, the five reasons to leave home will stay in place. They are:

  • Shopping for food and supplies
  • Authorised work
  • Care and caregiving
  • Exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person
  • Getting vaccinated

Masks must be carried at all times and should be worn both indoors and outdoors. The 5km limit remains in place.

Meanwhile, Victorians are urged to get tested if they have any symptoms, and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“You’ve gotta get tested before you give this to someone else,” said Premier Andrews. “Act on those symptoms as soon as you get them, so get tested.”

Victoria recorded 120 new local cases today, the total number of active cases has now reached 900.

For the list of exposure sites, click here.

To book a vaccine appointment, click here.

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