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Weddings and sports banned, one shop a day, 8pm curfew and Melbourne police powers

A state of disaster has been declared in Victoria as the state tightens COVID-19 restrictions and implements a curfew in Melbourne.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed that Melbourne will be severely closed in phase 4 from 6pm Sunday through 13 September, revealing a strict set of rules for the radical closure.

Under new restrictions, Melbourne residents are required to stay at home between 8:00 PM and 5:00 AM every day, with exemptions from work, medical or care services.

Residents can exercise with one other person for up to one hour a day and must remain within five kilometers of their home.

Victoria has been declared a disaster with tougher restrictions introduced in Melbourne to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Pictured: Shoppers wear face masks after stocking up on a Sunday at a Costco outlet in Melbourne

Victoria has been declared a disaster with tougher restrictions introduced in Melbourne to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Pictured: Shoppers wear face masks after stocking up on a Sunday at a Costco outlet in Melbourne

What Stage 4 lockdown means to you

State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce closure. Precautions are no longer issues, just fines or subpoenas

Curfew: No one is allowed from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM, except for work, medical, health care – no shopping or sports

Distance limit: Shopping and sports are only 5 km from home

Exercise limits: All recreational activities are prohibited and you can only exercise with one other person for one hour a day

Partners: You can visit a friend who does not live with you, even if they live more than 5 km away

Shopping: Only one person per day can do the shopping

Cafes and restaurants remain open for takeaway, as do supermarkets, etc.

Schools: All students will learn at home from Wednesday, unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Child and childcare close on Thursday (the same exceptions apply)

Funerals: No change in funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne for regional Victoria for one

Weddings: Completely prohibited

One day of shopping is allowed per day and can only be done by one member of a household within three miles of their home.

Schools are effectively closed, and distance learning begins for students across the state from Wednesday, with exceptions for specialty schools and for children of essential workers, who can attend daycare centers.

TAFEs and universities will also conclude with distance learning.

Weddings are banned from Thursday, but funerals are still allowed – with a maximum of 10 people allowed to travel from Melbourne to regional Victoria to attend one.

All recreational sports will be banned throughout the state of disaster.

Public transport on Melbourne’s Night Network weekend will be closed and regular public transport will be reduced during curfew.

Andrews said the police are also given additional powers to ensure that people comply with health guidelines.

“I know Victorians are with me when I say too many people don’t take this seriously,” he said.

“And too many people who don’t take this seriously means that too many other people have to plan funerals for the people they love.”

The facial mask mandate remains in effect statewide, with the changes continuing until September 13, which will last six weeks.

As always, we will continue to review and adjust restrictions in accordance with the advice of our health experts – and if we can change things sooner, we will.

“I know that will cause a certain amount of fear and uncertainty. But the truth is, this is complex – and we’ll take some extra time to make sure we get these calls right. ‘

The new restrictions mean that all students will learn at home from Wednesday, unless they are frail or parents are essential workers. Pictured: Brunswick East Primary School after it closed for thorough cleaning on June 23

The new restrictions mean that all students will learn at home from Wednesday, unless they are frail or parents are essential workers. Pictured: Brunswick East Primary School after it closed for thorough cleaning on June 23

The new restrictions mean that all students will learn at home from Wednesday, unless they are frail or parents are essential workers. Pictured: Brunswick East Primary School after it closed for thorough cleaning on June 23

A breakdown of Victoria's recent coronavirus infections, with 671 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (photo)

A breakdown of Victoria's recent coronavirus infections, with 671 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (photo)

A breakdown of Victoria’s recent coronavirus infections, with 671 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (photo)

Weddings will be banned throughout the state from Thursday, although funerals are still allowed. Pictured: A photographer with facial masks takes wedding photos on July 20 in Melbourne

Weddings will be banned throughout the state from Thursday, although funerals are still allowed. Pictured: A photographer with facial masks takes wedding photos on July 20 in Melbourne

Weddings will be banned throughout the state from Thursday, although funerals are still allowed. Pictured: A photographer with facial masks takes wedding photos on July 20 in Melbourne

Mr. Andrews urged Melburnians not to panic when buying products, revealing that supermarkets, bottle shops, pharmacies, bakers and butchers would remain open.

The Victorian prime minister said that declaring a disaster on Sunday was the most difficult decision of his political career.

“My job is to lead this state for almost six years – more than 2,000 days. And today is by far the most difficult day – and the most difficult decision, ”he said.

“But it’s the decision I made to keep our state safe.

Daniel Andrews said that declaring a disaster in Victoria is the most difficult decision he took in office

Daniel Andrews said that declaring a disaster in Victoria is the most difficult decision he took in office

Daniel Andrews said that declaring a disaster in Victoria is the most difficult decision he took in office

“All the temporary sacrifices we make now – missed all the time with friends, those delayed visits to Mom – those offerings will help protect our partners and our mothers and our fellow Victorians.”

He said that an explosion of “mysterious cases that cannot be traced back to work or home” was very concerning.

As they tell us, based on current figures, cases may decrease not in days or weeks, but in months. Months more lockdown restrictions. Months more of 300, 400, 500 cases a day, ” he said.

More Victorians in hospital beds. More Victorians are connected to machines for breathing. And more Victorians – more grandparents, parents, sons, daughters, partners, and lovers – choked by an invisible enemy.

“That’s not something I want to accept. I don’t think anyone wants to accept it.

“We need to do more. We have to go faster. This is the only way to get to the other side. ‘

Sport is also prohibited in a state of disaster. Pictured: Golfers play at the Albion Park Golf Course in May

Sport is also prohibited in a state of disaster. Pictured: Golfers play at the Albion Park Golf Course in May

Sport is also prohibited in a state of disaster. Pictured: Golfers play at the Albion Park Golf Course in May

REGIONAL VICTORIA Returns to the podium THREE CORONAVIRUS PENALTIES:

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced that Victoria would be in disaster on Sunday evening from 6pm, with regional communities going back to phase three restrictions.

That means there are only four more reasons to go out: shopping for food and essentials. Care and concern. Daily exercise. Work and study – if you can’t do it at home, ”said Mr. Andrews.

Businesses will also be subject to phase three sanctions, which means that cafes and restaurants will only be removed, entertainment venues will be closed, community sports will stop, and beauty and personal services will be closed.

“These changes will continue for the next six weeks,” said Mr. Andrews.

As always, we will continue to review and adjust restrictions in accordance with the advice of our health experts – and if we can change things sooner, we will.

“I know there will also be questions about why restrictions are needed in some communities that don’t have cases.

“But as we’ve learned over time, just because you’re not in business today doesn’t mean you won’t be tomorrow. And if the cost of life failure is measured, it’s a risk we can’t afford. ‘

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