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Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update

Great South Coast Braces For Circuit Breaker Lockdown

The news that will come as little surprise to many this morning has been confirmed, that all of Victoria is set to enter a 7 day circuit breaker lockdown, from 11:59pm tonight.

Acting Premier James Merlino confirmed the news just after 11am, with 34 active cases now in the state, 26 of which are linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak.

The lockdown will see five reasons that locals can leave their homes, Food and supplies. Authorised work. Care and caregiving. Exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person. And getting vaccinated.

Masks will also be required everywhere other than your own home.

More details below.

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From Acting Premier James Merlino

Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from home. If there’s no shops in your 5km radius, you can travel to the ones closest to you.

Shopping is also limited to one person per day, per household.

Face masks will also need to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

Private and public gatherings will not be permitted, although visiting your intimate partner continues to be okay.

Single person bubbles will also be allowed.

Childcare and kinder will remain open, but schools will need to close other than for the children of authorised workers and vulnerable kids.

Shops like supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies will also remain open.

Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer take-away only. Gyms, hairdressers, community facilities and entertainment venues will all close.

Non-essential retail may only open for click and collect.

Hotels and accommodation can only stay open to support guests already staying onsite. No new bookings can be made – unless it’s for one a permitted purpose, like authorised work.

Advice on who can open, and who can’t, will be made available online ahead of directions coming into place – as will the full list of authorised workers and workplaces.

Importantly a full list of current public exposure sites, which continues to grow, is available at

Beyond Blue is reminding Victorians that the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is available to support their mental health and wellbeing during the latest period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman said skilled mental health professionals were available 24/7 at and 1800 512 348, to provide mental health advice and information tailored to the pandemic.

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