Covid Restrictions are Back for Melbourne

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Victoria has recorded a fifth case of coronavirus as the state goes into new restrictions until June 4.

Acting Premier James Merlino, Health Minister Martin Foley and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton called a Covid-19 Press Conference on Tuesday morning where they announced new restrictions from 6pm that night.

The restrictions commencing 6pm Tuesday 25 May include: 

  • Private gatherings at home will be limited to five people per day
  • Public gatherings will be limited to 30 people
  • Face masks will need to be worn indoors, unless an exemption applies

Mr Merlino said that at this point schools and workplaces will remain open and Victorians in Greater Melbourne can continue to travel to regional Victoria, and there will be no changes to capacity at bars and restaurants.

Restrictions will be in place until June 4.

Mr Merlino said the restrictions were a "responsible step" to take to curb the outbreak.

The new case was a man in his 60's, reported being symptomatic before the first case developed symptoms. Authorities are linking to the City of Whittlesea outbreak through genomic testing to the Wollert case two weeks ago.

In the meantime, thousands of people in the Northern suburbs have been ordered to isolate after visiting one of the listed exposure sites as authorities scramble to contain the chain of transmission from the four cases announced on Monday.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the fifth case "might be the missing link". but he is confident that Victorians know what to do.

"Victoria's done it before. Victoria's done it better than anywhere in the world. We have this and Victorians know exactly what to do and are probably more primed to do the right thing than any jurisdiction in the world."

List of updated exposure sites include:

Tier 1 exposure sites: must be tested immediately 

  • Jump Swim School in Bundoora between 8:55am and 10:15am on May 21
  • Highpoint Shopping Centre, in Melbourne's west, between 5:00pm and 8:00pm on May 20.
  • Nando's at Dalton Road in Epping between 8:30pm and 9:20pm on May 19
  • Woolworths Epping North between 4:45pm and 5:45pm on May 22 

Tier 2 exposure sites: if you show any symptoms isolate and get tested

  • Futsal Brunswick at 409 Victoria Street in Brunswick between 9:00am and 10:00am on May 23
  • Epping North Shopping Centre on Lyndarum Drive in Epping between 4:45pm and 5:50pm on May 22
  • House and Party Store on Lyndarum Drive in Epping between 5:15pm and 5:50pm on May 22
  • Urban Diner Food Court, Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, at 571-583 High Street in Epping between 1:15pm and 2:30pm on May 23
  • Shell Coles Express Reservoir at 192-202 Broadway and Whitelaw Streets in Reservoir between 3:15pm and 4:15pm on May 18
  • BT Connor Reserve at 200 Broadhurst Avenue in Reservoir between 8:00pm and 11:30pm on May 21

For a comprehensive list of Covid 19 exposure sites and Victorian Covid-19 guidelines, please visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/

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25 May 2021




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