Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Victoria will enter a snap lockdown from midnight on Thursday to stop the spread of the.
The lockdown will. Residents will only have five reasons to leave home: shopping for essential items, outdoor exercise, essential work or study where it cannot be done from home, compassionate or medical care, and traveling to .
One person per household may leave the house for essential shopping.
Residents will bewithin a five-kilometer radius of their homes.
Premier Andrews said the state’s contact tracers andexperts were moving “faster than they ever have” but “just keeping pace with this virus, not getting in front of it”.
“That is why, with a heavy heart … the Chiefand public health team have recommended to my colleagues and me that we lock down Victoria from 11:59 pm tonight until 11:59 pm next Tuesday,” he said.
This will be the state’s fifth lockdown since the pandemic and the third in 2021.
There are now 18 activeassociated with two outbreaks in Melbourne, both from NSW. Premier Andrews said the lockdown would be identical to the most recent one from a few weeks ago. “If you were authorized to work then, you will be authorized to work now. If you were closed then, you would be closed now,” he said.
would likely receive the same support over this period. In terms of business support, I’ll have more to say as early as tomorrow, and we will look to fast-track payments principally to those who received payments last time,” he said.
“We expect the Commonwealth government will step up and help those who need the help.”
The premier stressed he had preferred the outbreak “had not come to our state”.
“We’d prefer we didn’t have to deal with these issues, but this is infectious. This is such a challenge that we must do this. You only get one chance to go hard and fast,” he said. “If you wait, hesitate, doubt, then you will always be looking back, wishing you had done more earlier. “I am not prepared to avoid a five-day lockdown now only to find ourselves in a five-week or a five-month lockdown.”
Premier Andrews said he is “hopeful” thebut acknowledged it was possible. It may be longer because it depends on what every Victorian does,” he said. “Millions of Victorians making dozens and dozens of choices every day means there are lots of variable points here.” Asked whether the imposition of the was “fair”, he said:
Look, nothing about this virus is fair. Nothing about the fact that this virus hasfrom Sydney is suitable. That’s just the reality we face. “I apologize to all Victorians that this is necessary. But part of my job is not just making popular and uncomplicated decisions, it’s doing what must be done, and at this stage, a state-wide lockdown is what’s put to me as essential by the public health experts.