Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have been re-imprisoned for six weeks following a wave of new coronavirus cases.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said there are now only four valid reasons for residents to leave their homes: work or study, providing or receiving health care, essential shopping and sports.
While the measures are similar to the first wave of restrictions introduced in March, this time hundreds of Australian Defense Forces will be deployed to set up ring road checkpoints on the outskirts of Metropolitan Melbourne to isolate the city from rural Victoria.
The draconian steps to slow down the COVID-19 peak will close most schools, cancel vacations and travel plans, prohibit non-essential shops, close restaurants and ban social visits.
Here’s how the lock affects you.
Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have been re-imprisoned for six weeks following a wave of new coronavirus cases. Pictured: Passengers on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney arrive at Sydney Domestic Airport on July 7.
SECOND LOCKDOWN OF MELBOURNE
AREAS BACK UNDER THREE RESTRICTIONS STEP:
* Metropolitan Melbourne covers 30 local government areas: Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Maribyrnong, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Whittlesea Frankston , Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges, Hobsons Bay.
* Mitchell Shire, including the cities of Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour, Tallarook, Pyalong and Wallan.
WHAT WILL CLOSE AGAIN:
* Community sports
* Indoor sports and recreation including arenas and stadiums
* Swimming pools, saunas and bathhouses
* Food courts
* Cinemas inside and out
* Casino and gaming
* Brothels and strip clubs
* Beauty and personal care
* Holiday accommodation and camping
* Play centers and playgrounds
* Galleries, museums and zoos
VISITORS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
* No visitors allowed in homes
* Public meetings and exercises can only take place with direct household or with two people
AUTHORIZED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
* Fishing and boating
* Tennis, golf and surfing
OPEN FOR BUSINESS:
* Retail subject to density
* Markets only for food and drink
* Cafés, restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars only return for take-away
* Return to remote auctions
* Inspections by appointment only
* Visits allowed
* No visits outside the restricted areas – subject to conditions
* Can be completed by those already on vacation
* No new holiday trips from July 8 at 11:59 pm
* Ten people, plus those in charge of the funeral
* Five people (couple, witnesses and celebrant)
* Broadcast only.
With school holidays ending July 12, students in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are given an extra week off.
“There will be five student-free days next week,” said Prime Minister Andrews.
“Teachers will be at work, in school and they will do two things: prepare for what the term balance looks like and we will make further announcements as soon as we see more data and once things are a little bit more set days . ‘
“Before the end of this week, we will finalize our flexible and distance learning plans by the beginning of next week, informing parents as much as possible.
“Pupils from year 11 and 12 and special schools go back to class, but the vacation is extended by a week for students through year 10, with distance learning possible afterwards.”
With school holidays ending July 12, students in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are given an extra week off
Those who live in the metropolis of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire should not travel to the regional Victoria, with drink-can checkpoints set up to prevent residents from trying to ignore the restrictions.
Even movements within level 3 restriction zones are prohibited unless there is a valid reason.
While essential exercise is considered a valid reason to leave the home, those living in the closed zone will not be able to go outside of Metropolitan Melbourne for training, nor will those living in the regional Victoria be allowed into the city.
“Outdoor exercise and recreation is limited to you and the members of your household, or you plus one other person if you do not live with them,” said Prime Minister Andrews.
All states have now closed their borders to Victoria, making travel between states impossible.
Sit-down restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries will have to close again. Pictured: AFL fans watch a game at a Richmond bar after restrictions eased in June
Residents are not allowed to visit others’ homes or meet in public in groups of more than two
The only exception is for intimate partners, who are allowed to visit each other.
It’s been just over two weeks since Victoria eased the coronavirus restrictions so that up to 50 can eat out.
But now sit-down restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries will have to close again.
Tennis, fishing, and golf are allowed under the restrictions, but gyms remain closed, along with beauty salons, movie theaters, theaters, casinos, entertainment venues, libraries, and swimming pools.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said there are now only four valid reasons for residents to leave their homes: work or study, providing or receiving health care, essential shopping and sports. Pictured: Melbourne restaurant Dundas & Faussett prepares to reopen after the first close
Any work that can be done outside the office must be done at home, Prime Minister Andrews said.
“A number of businesses and facilities in the metropolis of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will have to close, including beauty and personal care services, cultural and entertainment venues, and community facilities,” he said.
“Cafés and restaurants only return for take-away and delivery.
“There are restrictions until Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:59 am.”
While non-essential shopping is now prohibited, some stores remain open pending further developments.
Hairdressers and hairdressers remain open, along with supermarkets and takeaway.
Real estate auctions take place via video links.
“2020 was not the year either of us wanted,” said Prime Minister Andrews.
Canceled events. Plans are interrupted. Uncertainty about the future. ‘
“That’s why so many people want to pretend it’s over. That they can go back to how it once was.
“This is not over yet. And until there is a vaccine or a drug or a cure, there is no such thing as ‘normal’.
Hundreds of Australian Defense Force members will be called in to impose COVID-19 restrictions
Hundreds of Australian Defense Force troops are deployed to help fence Melbourne, as the Victorian capital is forced to second block the corona virus.
Hundreds of others have been sent to guard the 1,000-kilometer Victoria-NSW border, which closes at midnight on Tuesday.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has asked the Prime Minister for an additional 260 ADF staff to assist with on-site support in installing road closures in Melbourne.
Between 350 and 500 others, the NSW authorities will help strengthen the sealed interstate border.
The troops will support the police without being directly involved in law enforcement activities.
“Defense is ready to support a series of unforeseen events in both states and will continue to support states and territories on request,” said a Defense spokeswoman.
There are already 200 ADF employees supporting coronavirus testing in Victoria.
The state registered another 191 infections on Tuesday, while NSW reported seven new cases, including two in the border town of Albury.