Victoria Enters a Fourth Lockdown with a Seven-Day Circuit-Breaker
Stage 3 Restrictions
Victoria has plunged into a fourth lockdown with a seven-day circuit breaker announced on Thursday as the state recorded 12 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19.
Acting Premier James Merlino made the announcement at the Press Conference just after 11 am where he said there was no other choice but to lock down the state, given the speed at which this variant of the virus spreads.
Health authorities moved quickly as exposure sites across greater Melbourne exceed 150 with 10,000 primary and secondary contacts isolating.
The circuit-breaker lockdown will be at stage 3 restrictions.
Mr Merlino said there would be only five reasons people would be allowed to leave their homes:
- shopping for necessary goods and services,
- authorised work or permitted education,
- exercise, a 2-hour limit with one other person,
- care giving, compassionate, and medical reasons
- The fifth reason why you can leave your home to get vaccinated
Masks are also mandatory inside and outside.
COVID variant "faster than we've ever recorded"
The Acting Premier also said Victoria will extend eligibility for vaccines to include those in the 40 to 49-year-old age group, for the Pfizer vaccine
"We were looking at how we can expand the eligibility for vaccinations. And we've been doing that work and we've got advice from public health, and from the Department of Health," he said.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp told Nine she encourages everyone "to get vaccinated as a matter of urgency".
"If we could get everybody vaccinated this would not be a conversation. We need confidence and that confidence has to come from vaccinations. This situation that we're experiencing in Melbourne is a good example of why vaccine is so important, the unpredictability caused by this virus and the way it spreads means that we must look to those measure that give us the most confidence and that is vaccinations".
Queensland and South Australia have closed their borders to more than 200,000 Melburnians in the City of Whittlesea while many other states are requiring testing and self-isolation.
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