Victoria’s new restrictions: All the changes you need to know

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The Victorian government has announced new coronavirus restrictions to apply from 1pm today, with regional Victoria moving to the same settings as Melbourne, with the only difference being that no curfew will apply outside Greater Melbourne.

The growing number of clusters, mystery cases, and now a spread to regional Victoria have prompted the changes as Premier Daniel Andrews warned the state was on the precipice of “spiralling out of control”.

Premier Daniel Andrews has warned the state is at a tipping point and begged Victorians to adhere to restrictions. Credit:Simon Schluter

The regional restrictions will, like Melbourne’s, apply until 11.59pm on Thursday September 2.

Here’s a complete list of the new rules for the state, including the regional lockdown. It will be updated as new information becomes available so please check back regularly.

Five reasons to leave home

People across all of Victoria will have only five reasons to leave home – to get necessary supplies such as food and medicine, to give or receive care, for exercise – limited to two hours a day – to attend work if you are an authorised worker with a permit, or to get a vaccine.

The five-kilometre travel limit will apply, unless you need to travel further because facilities such as supermarkets or work – for authorised workers – are further from your home than five kilometres.

In Greater Melbourne there is a curfew in place from 9pm to 5am with people only allowed to leave home for authorised work or in case of emergency. The curfew does not apply in regional Victoria.

Childcare

A permit system will be introduced so only essential workers will have access to childcare. This change will apply across the state.

Masks

Masks are required indoors and outdoors unless an exemption applies. An advisory has been issued recommending the use of masks for younger, primary school-age children, but it is not mandatory.

Home visits banned

There are no private gatherings allowed except for intimate partners or those in “single bubbles”, and that now applies across the entire state.

More to come

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