Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have been ordered back into lockdown for six weeks after a surge in new coronavirus cases.

Premier Daniel Andrews said there are now only four valid reasons for residents to leave their homes – work or study, providing or receiving healthcare, essential shopping and exercise.

Although the measures are similar to the first wave of restrictions introduced in March, this time hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel will be brought in to set up ring road checkpoints on the outskirts of Metropolitan Melbourne to isolate the city from rural Victoria.

The draconian steps to slow the COVID-19 spike will see most schools closed, holidays and travel plans cancelled, non essential shopping outlawed, restaurants shut and social visits banned.

Here’s how the lockdown will affect you.

Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have been ordered back into lockdown for six weeks after a surge in new coronavirus cases. Pictured: Passengers off a Melbourne to Sydney flight arrive at Sydney domestic airport on July 7.

Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have been ordered back into lockdown for six weeks after a surge in new coronavirus cases. Pictured: Passengers off a Melbourne to Sydney flight arrive at Sydney domestic airport on July 7.

Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have been ordered back into lockdown for six weeks after a surge in new coronavirus cases. Pictured: Passengers off a Melbourne to Sydney flight arrive at Sydney domestic airport on July 7.

MELBOURNE’S SECOND LOCKDOWN

AREAS BACK UNDER STAGE THREE RESTRICTIONS:

* Metropolitan Melbourne covering 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 which includes the towns of Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour, Tallarook, Pyalong and Wallan.

WHAT WILL CLOSE AGAIN:

* Community sport

* Indoor sports and recreation including arenas and stadiums

* Swimming pools, saunas and bathhouses

* Food courts

* Indoor and outdoor cinemas

* Casino and gaming

* Brothels and strip clubs

* Beauty and personal care services

* Holiday accommodation and camping

* Play centres and playgrounds

* Galleries, museums and zoos

VISTORS AND PUBLIC GATHERINGS:

* No visitors allowed in homes

* Public gatherings and exercise can only be with immediate household or two people

ALLOWED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:

* Fishing and boating

* Tennis, golf and surfing

OPEN FOR BUSINESS:

* Retail subject to density

* Markets for food and drink only

* Hairdressers

HOSPITALITY:

* Cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars return to takeaway only

REAL ESTATE:

* Return to remote auctions

* Inspections by appointment only

INTIMATE PARTNERS:

* Visits allowed

SECOND PLACE OF RESIDENCE:

* No visits outside the restricted areas – subject to conditions

HOLIDAYS:

* Can be completed by those already on holiday

* No new holiday travel from 11.59pm on July 8

FUNERALS:

* Ten people, plus those conducting the funeral

WEDDINGS:

* Five people (couple, witnesses and celebrant)

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES:

* Broadcast only.

 

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School 

With school holidays set to end on July 12, students in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will receive an extra week off.

‘There will be five pupil free days next week,’ Premier Andrews said.

‘Teachers will be at work, at school and they’ll be doing two things – preparing for whatever the balance of the term may look like and we’ll make further announcements once we see more data and once things are a little more settled days.’ 

‘Before the end of this week, we will finalise our plans for flexible and remote learning at the very latest early into next week, giving parents as much notice as possible.

‘Year 11 and 12 pupils and special schools will go back to class but holidays will be extended by a week for students up to year 10, with remote learning a possibility after that.’

With school holidays set to end on July 12, students in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will receive an extra week off

With school holidays set to end on July 12, students in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will receive an extra week off

With school holidays set to end on July 12, students in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will receive an extra week off

Travel

Those living within metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be banned from travelling outside into regional Victoria, with booze-bus style checkpoints set up to stop residents attempting to flout the restrictions.

Even moving within the Level 3 restriction zones will be banned unless there is a valid reason.

Although essential exercise is considered a valid reason to leave the home, those living in the lockdown zone will not be able to move outside Metropolitan Melbourne for a workout, nor will those living in regional Victoria be allowed to enter 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,’ Premier Andrews said.

All states have now closed their borders to Victoria making travelling interstate impossible.

Sit-down restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries will once again have to close once again. Pictured: AFL fans watch a game at a Richmond bar after restrictions were eased in June

Sit-down restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries will once again have to close once again. Pictured: AFL fans watch a game at a Richmond bar after restrictions were eased in June

Sit-down restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries will once again have to close once again. Pictured: AFL fans watch a game at a Richmond bar after restrictions were eased in June

Social life

Residents are not permitted to visit other’s homes or gather in groups greater than two in public

The only exception is for intimate partners, who are permitted to visit each other.

It has only been a little over two weeks since Victoria eased coronavirus restrictions to allow up to 50 to dine out. 

But now sit-down restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries will once again have to close once again. 

Tennis, fishing and golf will be allowed under the restrictions, however gyms will remain shut along with beauty parlours, cinemas, theatres, casinos, entertainment venues, libraries and swimming pools.

Premier Daniel Andrews said there are now only four valid reasons for residents to leave their homes - work or study, providing or receiving healthcare, essential shopping and exercise. Pictured: Melbourne restaurant Dundas & Faussett preparing to reopen after the first lockdown

Premier Daniel Andrews said there are now only four valid reasons for residents to leave their homes - work or study, providing or receiving healthcare, essential shopping and exercise. Pictured: Melbourne restaurant Dundas & Faussett preparing to reopen after the first lockdown

Premier Daniel Andrews said there are now only four valid reasons for residents to leave their homes – work or study, providing or receiving healthcare, essential shopping and exercise. Pictured: Melbourne restaurant Dundas & Faussett preparing to reopen after the first lockdown

Work

Any work that can be undertaken outside of the office should be done from home, Premier Andrews said.

‘A number of businesses and facilities in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be required to close, including beauty and personal care services, cultural and entertainment venues and community facilities,’ he said.

‘Cafes and restaurants will return to take-away and delivery only.

‘Restrictions will be in place until 11:59 on Wednesday 19 August 2020.’

Shopping

Although non-essential shopping is now banned, some retail stores will remain open pending further developments.

Hairdressers and barber shops will stay open along with supermarkets and takeaway food shops.

Real estate auctions will be done via video links. 

‘2020 has not been the year any of us wanted,’ Premier Andrews said.

‘Cancelled events. Plans put on pause. Uncertainty about what the future holds.’ 

‘That’s why so many people want to pretend this is over. That they can go back to how things once were.     

‘This isn’t over. And until there is a vaccine or a drug or a cure, there is no such thing as ‘normal’. 

Hundreds of Australian Defence Force members will be brought in to enforce COVID-19 restrictions

Hundreds of Australian Defence Force troops are being deployed to help ringfence Melbourne as the Victorian capital is forced into a second coronavirus lockdown.

Hundreds more have been dispatched to guard the 1000 kilometre Victoria-NSW border, which will be closed at midnight on Tuesday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has asked the prime minister for another 260 ADF personnel to help with on-the-ground support in putting road closures in place across Melbourne.

Between 350 and 500 others will help NSW authorities fortify the sealed interstate border.

The troops will support police operations without directly involving themselves in law enforcement activity.

‘Defence is ready to provide support for a range of contingencies in both states and will continue to work to support states and territories when requested,’ a Defence spokeswoman said.

There are already 200 ADF personnel supporting coronavirus testing in Victoria.

The state recorded an additional 191 infections on Tuesday, while NSW reported seven new cases, including two in the border town of Albury.

 Source: AAP

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