Melbourne's Going Back Into Lockdown & We've Got The Deets

Deputy Premier James Merlino announced the seven-day 'circuit breaker' this morning.

Once again, Melbourne is going into lockdown. Apparently this is our thing now.

Deputy Premier James Merlino announced this morning that Melbourne will be entering a seven-day lockdown from 11.59PM tonight until 11:59PM on Thursday June 3rd.

He listed the reasons to leave home as follows:

  • Shopping for essential items
  • Authorised work or education
  • Exercise (limited to two hours, with one other person)
  • Caregiving, compassionate and medical reasons.
  • To get vaccinated

“Our public health experts' primary concern is how fast this variant is moving,” Merlino said, adding that the seven-day ‘circuit-breaker’ will give staff time to get on top of contact tracing.

He also stressed the importance of getting vaccinated, adding: “The only pathway through this pandemic is for people to get vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible”.

Here are the main rules and restrictions Acting Premier Merlino mentioned:

  • Stay 5km of home
  • Wear masks both indoors and outdoors, unless an exemption applies (or you’re at home)
  • No home visits, other than your partner
  • Single bubbles are permitted (if you live alone you can form a bubble with another person)
  • No public gatherings
  • Hospitality venues can provide takeaway only
  • Essential retail like pharmacies and supermarkets remain open
  • Childcare and kinder remain open
  • Schools and universities will pivot to remote learning

We’ll update this story as it develops.

Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.

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