Breaking: Melbourne will have the lockdown extended into October despite the curve being flattened in recent weeks.
Stage 4 will be extended two weeks at least in Melbourne, with some changes.
After weeks of lockdown, Melbourne faces more weeks of restrictions, devastating millions of Victorians.
“If we open up too fast… we will be in and out of lockdown we’ll before the end of the year. We can’t run out of lockdown,” Premier Andrew said.
Gradually, however, restrictions will be lifted, these include from next Sunday:
Playgrounds being reopened.
Picnics in a park with one other person allowed from next weekend.
Curfew pushed back to 9pm.
From 14 September:
- curfew shifted to 9pm-5am
- Public gatherings of two people, or an entire household, permitted for up to 2 weeks
- People living alone allowed one visitor
- Exercise allowed up to 2 hours
- Outdoor playgrounds open, must be within 5km
Victorians are set to remain housebound for weeks to come, with premier to “announce a heartbreaking blueprint out of lockdown” that will see no major changes across metro Melbourne and a chance we will continue to work from home until next year, the Herald Sun reported.
Projections by Melbourne University this weekend showed if restrictions are lifted now, before the 14-day average drops below 25 new cases a day, there would be a third wave of infections.
A super computer was used to take decisions based on modelling.
In a much anticipated press conference, the Premier announced
Video: Daniel Andrews press conference live
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