Stage Four restrictions enforced in metropolitan Melbourne as Victoria’s COVID-19 situation worsens
Victoria has officially entered a state of disaster, ramping up its lockdown restrictions in an attempt to battle the escalating COVID-19 crisis.
Speaking earlier today, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that, from 6pm today, metropolitan Melbourne would be entering into a six-week Stage Four lockdown, with a curfew between 8pm until 5am introduced.
“I’ve had the job of leading this state for almost six years – more than 2000 days. And today is by far the hardest day – and the hardest decision,” Premier Andrews said.
The new restrictions come after the state annoucned a further 671 new coronavirus cases and a further 7 lives lost, taking the state’s death toll upto a grim 123.
We must do more. We must go harder. It’s the only way we’ll get to the other side of this.Premier Daniel Andrews
The move aims to restrict movement, with the new rules meaning Melbournians can only leave their homes for shopping, caregiving, exercise or work/study if not possible from home.
Residents are not allowed to go further than 5km from their home to complete essential shopping and permitted hour of daily exercise, with fines of up to $10,000 being earmarked by the enforced police and defence force members.
Regional Victoria will also move to stage three restrictions from midnight on Wednesday, with growing fears that the deadly virus could rip through aged care facilities statewide if further action is not taken immediately.
“We cannot let this virus tear through regional aged care in the way it has with private sector aged care in Melbourne,” Mr Andrews said.