The Victorian Government has announced updated restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Metropolitan Melbourne – Stage 4 restrictions
From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, restrictions are changing for metropolitan Melbourne. Metropolitan Melbourne is moving to Stage 4 Restrictions.
From 2 August, a curfew will be in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening, with people only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.
From 5am – 8pm, you can only leave your home for one of the following reasons; necessary goods and services, care and healthcare, work, personal and exercise.
In the case of exercise:
- You can leave home to exercise but there are limits:
- You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise.
- Travelling in a vehicle to exercise is not permitted – unless it is not reasonably practicable to exercise without driving somewhere, e.g. for mobility or safety reasons.
- All indoor and outdoor sport facilities are closed.
- You can still walk, cycle, run, do yoga or a workout in the park.
- You can no longer leave home for recreational activities including fishing, horse riding, hunting, golf, boating, or recreational flying.
- You can exercise with one other person you live with or a friend or family member, as long as neither of you travel more than 5km from your home. Please use common sense and limit the number of people you see in person right now. It is safer to connect with friends and family using phone calls, social media and video calls. If you are exercising with someone else, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you. Don’t hug, kiss or shake hands.
- You must limit your exercise to once a day and for only one hour.
- If you are a parent or guardian who is caring for a young child or someone who cannot be left unattended then they may accompany you if you exercise with another person.
- You cannot participate in community sport.
- You cannot attend your workplace for the purpose of a livestream. The only reason you can leave home to conduct a livestream is for a religious ceremony or service.
- You cannot participate in group fitness activities, including boot camps.
- If there is a beach within 5km from your home. You can go to the beach for exercise only. Exercise is limited to a maximum of one hour per day.
From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August everyone in Victoria will need to wear a face covering when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.
You don’t need to wear a face covering while undertaking strenuous exercise or playing sport. You do have to carry a face covering with you so you can wear it before or after exercising, unless you have a lawful exception.
Children under 12 years do not need to wear a face covering. Children aged two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.
People who do not wear a face covering and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.
Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:
- refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
- refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction
- refusing or failing to comply with the Public Health Directions to provide information.
Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system.
We all need to play our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can help protect ourselves, our families and our communities from coronavirus (COVID-19).
For all the latest information on restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Department of Health and Human Services.