New Covid restrictions to remain in place until at least 4 June.
As a consequence of the growing cluster in Melbourne’s north, Melbourne is reintroducing restrictions in an attempt to ”mitigate the risk of transmission” as according to Professor Sutton.
Speaking to the media this afternoon, Professor Sutton reiterated that ”the nine cases are still only across three households”; however, ”finding a historical case and then seeing that there are already symptomatic people means there’s some chasing to be done and we’re in the process of it,” he said.
The restrictions, which will come into effect at 6pm on Tuesday 25 May, will apply to everybody in Melbourne with the aim to avoid going into another lockdown. These rules will also follow Melburnians leaving the Greater Melbourne region meaning that, for example, you must wear a face mask indoors if you head out to country Victoria.
Restrictions and what’s happening at a glance
- Fitted face masks will be required at all indoor settings including workplaces, shopping centres, public transport
- People who refuse to wear a mask without valid exemption could receive a $200 fine
- Private gathering caps have been reduced
- Only five visitors per day to households
- Private outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people
- Current settings at hospitality venues, workplaces, weddings and funerals remain pretty much unchanged
- Density limits of one person per two square meters in non-seated spaces still apply
- RISING and AFL matches will still go-ahead
- Aged care and hospital visitor restrictions return across the entire state of Victoria
For more info, check the Victorian government website.