Breaking News: Victoria and Melbourne Shutdown.
Almost everything will begin to shut down this week, with non essential services closing across Melbourne and Victoria.
The measures could last for up to 6 months.
As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, the Premier of Victoria is moving to shut down much of Melbourne and Victoria.
All non essential places of work, including offices, will shut down in the next 48-hours.
Restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafes will be forced to close. Schools will close on Tuesday.
Parts of Melbourne are likely facing lockdown as pockets of Covid-19 arise in certain suburbs. The Prime Minister alluded to the “draconian measures” earlier today.
The Premier released a statement Sunday afternoon.
“Victorians will still be able to go to the supermarket, the bank, the pharmacy and other essential stores, like petrol stations and convenience stores. Freight, logistics and home delivery are also considered essential and will remain open.”
Everything else will need to shut down.
There are now 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New South Wales; mostly in Sydney.
Statement from Vic Premier Daniel Andrews:
“This is not something that we do lightly, but it’s clear that if we don’t take this step, more Victorians will contract coronavirus, our hospitals will be overwhelmed and more Victorians will die,” Mr Andrews said.
Earlier it was announced that domestic travel in Australia would be banned. Only absolutely essential travel would take place between Australia’s states and territories and between towns and cities.
On Saturday night new data showed Australia had more than 1,000 Covid-19 cases.