Well, well, well. It’s happening again. Melbourne’s initial seven-day lockdown is being extended by another seven days! It’s just like 2020 – except in some ways more frustrating because a vaccine exists – but here we are.
"On the advice of the Chief Health Officer Professor Sutton the current restrictions remain in place for Melbourne for a further seven days with some small changes," Acting Premier James Merlino announced this morning.
ABC News has reported that from 11.59pm tomorrow night there will still be only five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and essential supplies, authorised work and study, care and caregiving, exercise (up to a maximum of two hours a day) and getting vaccinated.
The main change is that people will now be able to travel up to 10km (as opposed to the 5km limit in place at the moment) radius outside of their home.
Good news for regional Victorians, though – restrictions will ease as planned from 11:59pm tomorrow night. The five reasons for leaving your home will be removed, as will that 5km travel bubble.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton reckons he has “great confidence” restrictions in Melbourne will ease next week.
We’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, get across the finer details over at ABC News.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.