Melbourne Coronavirus lockdown extended for at least two weeks

Posted on : Monday, 7 September 2020

New Victorian cases have fallen to levels not seen since June, but the Andrews Government is not taking any chances, extending the current Stage 4 lockdown until at least 28 September, 2020.  

 

In an announcement yesterday, the Premier outlined a four-step roadmap for reopening, which will commence on 13 September.  

 

The roadmap has been summarised as follows:  

 

Step

Regional Victoria

Metropolitan Melbourne

 

First Step

No change

Expanded social interaction, including: 

  • curfew eased to 9pm to 5am.
  • stay local 5km.

 

(11:59pm 13 September)

 

Second Step

Social bubbles, visitors and staged return of education.  

 

(11:59pm 13 September)

 

Social bubbles, phased return of some workforces and education.

 

(28 September subject to trigger points and public health advice)

 

Third Step

Increased reopening for sport, recreation, ceremonies, and special occasions.  

 

(Subject to trigger points and public health advice)

Major industries return, increased reopening for education, sport, recreation, ceremonies and special occasions.

 

(26 October subject to trigger points and public health advice)

 

Last Step

State wide - Increased numbers for gatherings and hospitality.  

 

(23 November subject to trigger points and public health advice)

 

COVID Normal

State wide - No restrictions for gatherings, visitors, hospitality or sport.  

 

(Subject to trigger points and public health advice)

 

 

The Government's roadmap page can be found here which has high-level summaries provided for Melbourne and Regional Victoria.    

 

There are also more detailed summaries of what you can expect in Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria, while an overarching summary of permitted industries is located here.    

 

The fire protection industry is still a permitted industry and construction or routine service work should continue where safe to do so, as long as existing restrictions and protections are maintained.  

 

To see the latest declaration about permitted work premises from the Chief Health Officer, click here - workers performing these roles must operate under a COVIDSafe Plan and have a Permitted Worker Permit.  

 

Fire Protection Association Australia encourages all practitioners to stay safe at this time and exercise caution in any of their work activities - use PPE and follow the Department of Health and Human Services guidance on preventing infection in the workplace.  

 

While the rate of new infections is slowing, the State still has a long way to go.  

 

Together we can help to slow the spread, flatten the curve, and overcome the pandemic.