Interstate border closures and reopenings have made for a very confusing time, especially if you’re trying to plan a trip away during the mid-year break. Fortunately, ABC News has published a simple guide to where you can travel and whether you will have to quarantine, based on your current location. Alternatively, you can use this resource and be directed to the specific rules in your state or territory.
In the meantime, while Victoria’s borders are completely open, there are certain suburbs that have been placed in lockdown to try and stop the COVID-19 spread. Let’s summarise what you need to know about the situation around restrictions in Melbourne.
What are the new restrictions in Melbourne?
There has been a significant increase in ‘community transmitted’ COVID-19 cases, which is worrying because it means that the virus was contracted locally. However, the source of the infection is unknown at this time. As such, it makes it difficult to track where and to whom the coronavirus has spread.
To combat the spread, the Victorian Premier has implemented stay-at-home orders for approximately 311,000 people across 10 different postcodes until at least 29 July. These are:
3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3032: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
3064: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park and Kalkallo
What’s a stay-at-home order?
If you’re currently living in any of these areas, there will only be four reasons you can leave home. These are:
For work or school
For care or caregiving
For daily exercise
To get food and other essentials
The stay-at-home order is enforceable by law and must be obeyed. There will be on-the-spot fines for those breaking the order, as well as traffic regulation for anyone coming in and out of the quarantined areas.
What else will close?
Businesses in these areas will go back to the strict temporary closures and restricted trading that was implemented during the virus’ peak in Australia. This means cafes, restaurants and hotels will only be able to provide takeaway, and facilities like gyms will have to close.
Can I visit someone living in these areas?
At present, no. However, if you must attend work or provide in-person care to someone in these areas, you will be allowed to enter. If your partner happens to live in one of the quarantined suburbs, you will be able to visit them but must abide by the stay-at-home restrictions.
When will the stay-at-home orders end?
Currently, the stay-at-home orders will stay in place until 29 July, although this may change, and it may be that the orders will spread to other suburbs if the situation cannot be controlled.
If you live in these affected areas, it is imperative that you follow the order’s rules to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.
What if I live in an area outside these postcodes?
There are currently no stay-at-home orders for anyone living in areas outside these postcodes. This means you are still free to travel around Victoria, except to the restricted postcodes. Although, depending on how the situation changes, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews hasn’t ruled out wider restrictions in Melbourne and Victoria.
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