New COVID restrictions will kick in in Metropolitan Melbourne from 6pm tonight, reports ABC News. Here they are:
- Private home gatherings limited to five people per day
- Public gatherings limited to 30 people
- Face masks to be worn indoors for everyone over the age of 12, including workplaces
Deputy Premier of Victoria James Merlino announced the new restrictions at a press conference this morning. Schools and workplaces will remain open, he said, and those of you in Greater Melbourne can continue to travel to regional Victoria.
“However, those restrictions will still apply”, reports ABC News. “So if you're heading to a regional household from Melbourne, they must not have more than five visitors in the house that day, and you'll still need to wear a face mask.”
Restaurants and bars will remain open.
The new restrictions come on the back of five new local cases of COVID.
That’s it for now, but we’ll update this story as it develops. On the upside, Merlino reckons he’s looking at widening vaccine eligibility in the next few days. Fingers crossed.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter @purpletank.