I'm so sorry, fellow Victorians, but it is happening again.
VIC Premier Dan Andrews Has announced a snap five-day lockdown in response to a growing COVID cluster linked to a hotel. On behalf of Melbourne, may I simply remark: FML.
Dan announced the lockdown at a 1pm presser this afternoon, indicating the lockdown was about nipping any threat of a third wave in the bud. "This is about getting ahead of the problem", he said. "We're going to get ahead of this and we're going to squash it."
"And we will do that with all Victorians' support whilst we look after each other and look after, particularly, our most vulnerable Victorians."
VIC Health Minister Martin Foley has indicated that another outbreak of the virus would be particularly catastrophic for individuals in aged care. "That is to make sure that our most vulnerable community members, those who are unwell, those who are aged and frail, can be protected through this short, sharp circuit breaker," Mr Foley says.
As we know, the state's second wave of coronavirus was particularly devastating for the Victorian private residential aged care sector in 2020, resulting in over 600 deaths.
The five-day lockdown will kick off from 12am tonight. Here are the main restrictions that you'll need to be across:
- Wear a mask when outside of your home
- Only shop for essential items
- Stay within a 5km radius of home
- Avoid both private and public gatherings
Get a full rundown on what you can and can't do over at ABC News.
Stay safe, Melbourne.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter @purpletank.