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Victoria enters strict lockdown for five days

As of midnight tonight, Victoria will enter five days of strict lockdown rules.

As of midnight tonight, the state of Victoria will enter five days of strict lockdown rules to combat the growing outbreak at the Holiday Inn.

According to Premier Dan Andrews, from 11:59pm tonight until 11:59pm on Wednesday Victorians will enter stage four lockdown.

There are currently over 900 Victorians currently in isolation with a significant number of test results returning from these individuals.

Individuals will be able to leave their homes for shopping, caregiving for compassionate reasons, essential work or permitted education where that cannot be done from home, exercise for two hours per day with your household members, intimate partners, or one other person who is not from your household.

Victorians will need to stay within 5km of their home. Unless their permitted work spans past 5km, or if they need to go shopping for things that cannot be accessed within 5km.

Mr Andrews says that if these cannot wait until Thursday, then Victorians can be permitted to go beyond the 5km limit.

Masks are compulsory to be work everywhere in Victoria, other than homes.

No private gatherings will be allowed, and no visitors can enter anyone else’s home.

Public gatherings are not permitted.

Mr Andrews says that if you can work from home, then you must work from home.

Schools will close over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, except for vulnerable children or children of those who are permitted to go to work and cannot work from home.

Childcare and early childhood centres will remain open, however higher education will close. Places of worship are also closed except for broadcasting services.

Funerals can involve no more than 10 people, whether it is outdoor or indoor. Weddings are not permitted unless on compassionate grounds.

Despite the lockdown, sporting events like the Australian Open can still continue to take place but without spectators.

Mr Andrews says that these venues hosting sporting competitions can open however without spectators and with only essential staff running the event.

More to come.

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