Restrictions to ease in eight of Melbourne's locked-down public housing towers

Jul 09, 2020

By SBS Australia 

Restrictions will be eased in eight of the nine Melbourne public housing towers that have been in hard lockdown since Saturday.

All towers, except the 33 Alfred Street estate, will move to Stage 3 restrictions, in line with the rest of metropolitan Melbourne

This means residents will be able to leave for essential work, study, exercise or care responsibilities.

 

Police patrols outside public housing towers on Racecourse Road in Flemington.

Police patrols outside public housing towers on Racecourse Road in Flemington.

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Tenants in the Alfred Street building, where there have been 53 cases of COVID-19, will have to remain inside for another nine days. However, they will be allowed to have supervised exercise outside.

"We need to recognise that there might be 20 to 25 per cent of individuals in that particular tower who end up developing coronavirus and potentially more," Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said.

 

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It comes after authorities conducted 2,515 COVID-19 tests in the nine towers.

Residents at 9 Pampas Street and 159 Melrose St, North Melbourne, will enter Stage 3 from 5pm, after no cases of coronavirus were recorded in either.

The remaining six towers will end hard lockdown at 11:59pm, after 104 cases were detected among them. Those who have tested positive and their close contacts must remain in self-isolation. 

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