Life for millions of Victorians will change drastically again, with new coronavirus orders coming into effect in fewer than two days. "I'll appeal to Victorians, don't for a moment think that you could flout these rules and travel into country Victoria," he said. "We have to be realistic about the circumstances that we confront. The second lockdown kicked off on July 9, and according to City of Melbourne data, there is a marked increase in the number of people moving about the city this time. It's much more than that. It will come into effect from midnight on Wednesday and will last for six weeks. ... even if cases got under control before the end date. I think each of us know that we've got no choice but to take these very, very difficult steps.". Schools will return for students in years three to 10, retail businesses and hairdressers will reopen, and cafes and restaurants will be able to open for outdoor seated service. Victoria declares state of disaster as Melbourne goes into stage 4 lockdown with an 8pm curfew Adrian Esterman - August 2, 2020 5 MIN READ Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move to “stage 4” restrictions from 6pm Sunday, as … “We can’t run out of lockdown,” he said. The life cycle of this virus is about the 14-day period. He said he was “100% accountable for where we find ourselves but, equally, I’m accountable for getting us to the other side of this”. No Victorian does," he said. “I want a Christmas that is as close to normal as possible and this is the only way – these steps are the only way – that we will get to that point,” he said. Sunday’s announcement follows the release of modelling by the University of Melbourne and the University of New England, which said that if the stage-four restrictions were lifted before daily case numbers fell below 25 the figures could “rebound”, sending Victoria into a third wave and risking another lockdown by Christmas. None of us would be able to plan anything. "Let's not see it as simply an inconvenience. August 9, 2020 — 4.04pm. Earth's 'air conditioner' is trapped in a polar heat spike — this is what it looks like, 'Please... get me out of here': Inside the bizarre rehab centre leaving some women feeling traumatised. I know that. MELBOURNE: Australia's second-biggest city will this week exit its coronavirus lockdown following nearly four months under onerous restrictions, authorities announced Monday, after no … This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. Start your free trial. We have to be clear with each other that this is not over," he said. Key Points. Andrews said he had “continued discussions” with the prime minister, Scott Morrison, about providing ongoing support for Victorians, but would not go into those discussions publicly. In a joint statement with the health minister, Greg Hunt, and treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, the prime minister said the federal government “would like to see restrictions in Victoria lifted as soon as it is safe to do so” but the decision was “solely for the Victorian government”. For people who do live in regional Victoria, not much of today's announcement applies to you. Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will re-enter lockdown from Wednesday. But now to start all over again, with this hard lockdown in Melbourne, people are more aware of the economic impact and how other things will be disrupted." The 5km travel limit will also be lifted. I get it. The six weeks means we have three of those full cycles. To date, China is the only country that has taken hold of the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases in its population, with lockdown restrictions now … Stage four was originally meant to end on 13 September. Andrews said the decision to extend lockdown was “not a 50-50 choice”. “Pretending it’s over because we want it to be, that is not something I will do,” he said. "That will be more than inconvenient. Melbourne residents will see the city's Stage 4 lockdown extended by at least another two weeks under the government's roadmap to reopening the state. “You can’t do anything but follow the best health advice, otherwise … we will just be beginning to lose control again of this virus.”. This is designed to keep it that way," he said. On 23 January, biosecurity officials began screening arrivals on flights from Wuhan to Sydney. There will also be a phased return to working from the office for those working from home. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Should Victoria’s lockdown continue to September 28 as forecast, Melburnians will have done about five months under lockdown. If Melbourne moved out of lockdown too quickly, he said, the sacrifice made by 5 million people in staying at home, and in many cases now being unable to go to work, would be for “frittered away” for nothing. Missed it? The Australian city of Melbourne will exit lockdown from Wednesday after recording no new Covid-19 cases for the first time since June. Childcare would reopen, as would a number of industries. Some of the measures include:. If daily case numbers fell to an average of between 50 and 30 a day by 28 September, Andrews said, public outdoor gatherings would be able to increase from two people to five people from two households. Mr Andrews was clear that he did not want to impose these lockdowns again, but the alternatives were just too dangerous. Andrews said he “can’t change” those failures now. One that will do even more damage than this pandemic has already done. Brett Sutton said on Monday it would be “lineball” whether Melbourne met that number. Larry Schlesinger ... the stability of land prices and the extension of the HomeBuilder construction start date in Victoria. "You will be able to go out to go to work if you have to, to go shopping for the things you need when you need them, to study, to provide care or to get care," he said. “The worst outcome for everyone is the need to have repeated lockdowns with the uncertainty, never knowing from week to week what we’re doing. It's a pandemic. The tournament was scheduled for Jan. 18-31 at Melbourne Park, which is the tournament’s regular slot late in the southern summer holidays. Victoria has officially confirmed stage four restrictions will be introduced in Melbourne as coronavirus cases skyrocket. Areas that will be affected by the new lockdown restrictions are (in alphabetical order): Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Mitchell Shire, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges, Yarra. Those numbers are far beyond those in any other Australian state or territory at the moment. Premier Daniel Andrews said further restrictions were necessary, as stage three lockdown would take up to six months to stem the spread of the virus. The extension will include some minor changes. The death toll rose by two to 106 on Monday. The deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, called for a more flexible approach to regional areas arguing that “re-opening the border at Mildura should not be reliant on case numbers in Wodonga”. “We need to find that sweet spot between the length of the current lockdown and the risk of a resurgence,” Cheng said. "These are unsustainably high numbers of new cases," the Premier said. There is no doubt Melbourne’s lockdown was and is particularly extreme for its circumstances. "'Cusp of a second wave', 'second wave', what people want to call this is entirely irrelevant.". Melbourne has endured lockdown since July to combat its second wave. Earlier today, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that stage 4 lockdown will stay in place for another two weeks after the initial date of Sunday 13 September, until at least Monday 28 September. Before the pandemic, about 24,000 people visited Bourke Street — one of Melbourne's busiest streets — on an average day. The lockdown announcement comes as Victoria recorded 191 new coronavirus cases today — the highest daily increase in cases since the pandemic started. Mr Andrews said there was no doubt today's announcement was tough to swallow, but it was necessary. “I want to get the place open and I want to keep it open. The lockdown was lifted in April after 11 weeks, four weeks fewer than Melbourne's shutdown is due to last. I didn't want to be in this position. There are, however, some changes to restrictions taking place from Sunday 13 September: Two people or a household can meet for up to two hours of exercise. A healthcare worker signals to her colleagues from a window of a public housing tower, locked down in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Melbourne, Australia, July 8… Premier Daniel Andrews reinstated stay at home restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, to the north of the city, to take effect from 11.59pm on July 8. It is indeed part of the problem.". After massive spikes in daily coronavirus infections, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a six-week Melbourne-wide lockdown. Known COVID-19 cases are up 169, or 2.0 per cent, to 8566. You can't leave metropolitan Melbourne to get your daily exercise. "It is simply impossible with case rates at this level to have enough contact-tracing staff, to have enough physical resources no matter where they come from, no matter what uniform they wear, in order to continue to suppress and contain this virus without taking significant steps.". "Three weeks is not enough data. “Because if we did that we wouldn’t be opening up at all, we would simply be beginning a third wave. I understand it. 5:12pm Apr 3, 2020. It will be tragic. The Premier was clear that now was not the time for people to be travelling to regional areas — and the Defence Force would be on the ground helping to ensure that. Nearly five million residents of greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have entered a very different world, with a new six-week lockdown coming into effect. Non-contact adult sport will be allowed to resume. He confirmed the lockdown would apply to all of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. Passengers were given an information sheet and asked to present themselves if they had a fever or suspect they might have the disease. Stage four includes curfew from 8pm to 5am, permits required for people going to work, restricted childcare access, a 5km limit on travel for exercise or essential supplies, and a one-hour limit on exercise. Mr Andrews said there would be some differences to this stay-at-home order compared to the one imposed on Victorians earlier this year. “I apologise for the circumstances we find ourselves in; I apologise for the reality we find ourselves in,” he told reporters on Sunday. "Of course there are many thousands more close contacts who are being worked with in terms of trying to contain the spread of the virus and our public health team is doing that very important work as best they possibly can," he said. Mr Andrews said there was not much chance of this latest round of restrictions ending early, even if cases got under control before the end date. The extended lockdown means thousands of people will be unable to return to work before the federal government reduces the fortnightly rate of the jobkeeper and jobseeker payments, which will taper off from the end of September. “We have come this far now. "There's a number, on the advice of the chief health officer, of very low public health risk activities that will be permitted that were not permitted last time, but the most important point to make around exercise is that you can't be going on a four-hour bushwalk hundreds of kilometres away from Melbourne.". Lockdown 2.0 in Melbourne, with a curfew and locals told to stay within five kilometres of their homes. And it will kill thousands of people if it gets completely away from us. The state on Sunday announced 671 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths. Some 283 people are in hospital, with 19 patients in intensive care, of which 16 are on ventilators. There are 1,872 active cases in Victoria, of which just 98 are in regional areas. On Tuesday Premier Daniel Andrews reinstated stay at home restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, to the north of the city, to take effect from 11.59pm on July 8… Victoria state was the epicentre of Australia's second wave, accounting for more than 90% of its 905 deaths. Victoria has recorded 19,538 cases in 2020. "Daily exercise will be treated differently. "If we were to fail to take those steps, then it won't be a couple of hundred cases per day, it will be many more than that and spiral well and truly out of control," he said. The state recorded 63 new cases on Sunday and five new deaths, all of which were linked to aged care. "We yesterday again broke a testing record on a single day, 26,554 tests, and we thank every single Victorian who consented to being tested. From 26 October, if the daily average has fallen to fewer than five new cases a day, the curfew will lift and there will be no restrictions on the reasons people can leave home. “Until we put this out, until we contain this properly, we cannot open up,” Andrews said. "I think a sense of complacency has crept into us as we let our frustrations get the better of us. He said not taking significant action now would mean thousands more cases, and most likely more deaths. Premier Daniel Andrews reveals Victoria’s roadmap for exiting the coronavirus lockdown. If China stops taking Australia's coal, will other countries fill the gap? Melbourne and some towns in regional Victoria have been ordered back into lockdown for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday after the state recorded 191 new cases of COVID-19. From 23 November, outdoor gatherings will increase to 50 people, Melbourne residents will be allowed to have up to 20 visitors in their home, all retail and hospitality will be open with 20-person limits in restaurants, real estate will open, and wedding and funerals will return to normal. Schools would also return from grades prep to two and also years 10, 11 and 12 for VCE and Vcal studies. Melbourne was placed under stage-four lockdown on 2 August while regional Victoria was put under stage three. Mr Andrews said Victoria would shortly have conducted 1 million tests. “I know there will be some industries … disappointed they are not on that list but whenever you draw a line, there will always be different groups on either side of it,” Andrews said. "This is challenging. Australia's coronavirus lockdown – the first 50 days Fri 1 May 2020 16.00 EDT 12.33 EDT O n 12 March, two weeks after Australia declared the coronavirus would become a … All of these steps would be subject to health advice, Andrews said. “This has got to be done in a safe and steady way.”. Mr Andrews said the number of cases in Mitchell Shire was concerning, and it was crucial the virus did not spread further into regional areas. - Melbourne lockdown to end - key dates and restrictions to be lifted - Explainer: Shopping centres, ... First week without community transmission since start of pandemic an hour ago. And unless this is done safely and steadily that simply won’t happen.”. "And pretending that it is because we all want it to be over is not the answer. Melbourne’s The Age newspaper and others reported a letter sent by Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley to players which made reference to a Feb. 8 start date. ... start date not confirmed despite reports Just 18,338 tests were conducted yesterday, considerably lower than the more than 38,000 recorded in New South Wales for the same period, where 10 new cases were recorded on Sunday. Melbourne was placed under stage-four lockdown on 2 August while regional Victoria was put under stage three. One Australian state just began its toughest lockdown yet, with Stage 4 travel restrictions for the Greater Melbourne area and a Stage 3 Stay at Home lockdown for regional Victoria. Anthony Piovesan NCA NewsWire July 7, 2020 4:54pm The second wave of infections has been traced back to failures in the state-run hotel quarantine program, which is now subject to a public inquiry. "It gives us the data that's so important to us, understanding where the virus is and what challenge we face.". The roadmap closely follows the version leaked on Saturday. Victoria’s deputy chief health officer, Prof Allen Cheng, said the modelling suggested that “if we relax too early we risk a loss of control and … another lockdown”. We don't want that.". By 9News Staff. Morrison labelled the lockdown “crushing news for the people of Victoria and a further reminder of the impact and costs that result from not being able to contain outbreaks of Covid-19”. "Regional Victoria has very, very few cases and vast parts of regional Victoria have no cases. For the second time since the start of the pandemic, there will only be only four reasons for residents to leave their homes. Stage-four restrictions in Melbourne, which include a night-time curfew, will be extended for two weeks to 28 September, with Daniel Andrews declaring: “We can’t run out of lockdown.” The curfew, travel limits and some other elements of stage four will then remain in place until 26 October. “You can’t argue with this sort of data,” he said. "I think that each of us know someone who has not been following the rules as well as they should have. The daily exercise limit will also be extended from one hour to two hours. State police charged a protester with assault after an officer suffered cuts to the head during an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne on Saturday. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Regional Victoria stage 3 restrictions explained, closely follows the version leaked on Saturday, if the stage-four restrictions were lifted before daily case numbers fell below 25 the figures could “rebound”. People in these areas can only leave their homes for the purposes of: There will only be three reasons to cross the border into these areas: Study and work if it cannot be done from home. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced these new measures in an hour-long press conference on Tuesday. "I hope very soon to be able to be before you again talking about further easing of restrictions in regional Victoria. “We have to take steady and safe steps out of lockdown.”. Australia's prime minister cancelled plans to go to a rugby game on Saturday after a senior minister was diagnosed with COVID-19, while the nation's treasurer called a second crisis meeting over the rapidly growing economic threat from the coronavirus. Outdoor gatherings will increase to 10 people and up to five guests will be allowed in a home from “another nominated household” – meaning the so-called bubble system will be extended. Melbourne lockdown, lack of titled lots drives 28pc sales slump. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic, Follow our live coverage of the US election aftermath. PHOTO: EPA-EFE Melbourne's coronavirus restrictions will start easing from 11:59pm Tuesday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says. Melbourne, home to five million people, has been under a strict second lockdown since July. Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will re-enter lockdown from Wednesday. News Melbourne heads into 6-week lockdown as infections spike. That's not for today. Stage four lockdown in Melbourne, a city of five million, is due to end in less than a month.. As the number of new daily infections continues to decrease, Victoria's extreme efforts to slow the spread of the deadly infection are starting to show promising signs. "And we'll only be able to achieve that if we continue to contain within metropolitan Melbourne and not see large outbreaks or additional cases in regional Victoria.". If you don't have a lawful excuse, then there are significant penalties that will apply.". That date had been brought forward a week, provided Melbourne stayed on track with its COVID-19 numbers. , register or subscribe to save articles for later. Masks are compulsory across Victoria. "We're on the cusp of something very, very bad if we don't take these steps today," he said. Regional Victoria, now under stage-three restrictions, would move “a step ahead of metropolitan Melbourne”, the premier said. The government and chief health officer admit they’re now unsure whether Melbourne will be able to take the next step out of lockdown on October 19. Victoria's first weekend since harsher social distancing laws were implemented will start with a ban on all but the most basic outdoor activities. "There will be every chance you'll be stopped and asked. From midnight next Sunday, Andrews said, the curfew would start at 9pm instead of 8pm, and people who live on their own would be able to have one guest in their home, extending the rules for intimate partner visits to one friend or family member. Victoria’s premier has apologised for having to extend tough lockdown conditions in Melbourne for six more weeks as Australia’s second largest city works to contain the second wave of Covid-19 cases that has caused 646 deaths to date. If we can just hold on a little longer we can get ourselves into a better place where we can open up more and still maintain control.”, Melbourne's stage-four restrictions could last until mid-October, modelling suggests, Melbourne anti-lockdown protests: at least 15 arrested in violent clashes with police. Australia starts lockdown measures as coronavirus cases jump Beachgoers are seen at sunrise at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on March 22, 2020. "If you are starting to see stability in low numbers, we'd have much greater confidence those are real numbers, rather than a false sense that the virus was not there anymore or at such low levels that a suppression strategy would be able to work.". "I want to be clear with you. 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"There's no change to the rules in regional Victoria but there are still rules and they need to be followed," the Premier said. These stay-at-home orders will come into effect at 11:59pm on July 8 and are set to last for six weeks. Andrews said it was “one of the most comprehensive pieces of modelling work” done in Australia and had national significance. Mr Andrews said there were currently more than 770 active cases in the state. Victoria premier Daniel Andrews says existing restrictions with minor changes will remain in place until 28 September, First published on Sat 5 Sep 2020 23.10 EDT. Catch up on all the key points here. We could have gone for a shorter period," he said. Stage four includes curfew from … Melbourne will finally exit lockdown this week after nearly four months as the Australian city records zero new infections or deaths. I do hope that is quite soon. With each other that this is not something I will do, ” he said not taking action... 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