Update: 5-day lockdown announced for whole of Victoria

The State Government has today announced a short-term lockdown as a result the recent COVID-19 outbreak.  

The lockdown will apply state-wide and take effect as and from 11:59pm Thursday 15 July until 11:59pm Tuesday 20 July.  

The lockdown rules are stated to be the same as the previous lockdown which occurred on 28 May 2021.

A summary of those restrictions, based on the attached table and State Government advice during the previous lockdown, is as follows:

What can I do?

  • During this lockdown, there are five reasons to leave the home: shopping for essentials, caregiving, essential work or education, exercise, and to be vaccinated.
  • Exercise is limited to 2 hours per day.
  • The 5km travel radius will apply.
  • Masks are reintroduced as mandatory in all areas outside of the home, including outdoors.
  • Private and public gatherings are not permitted.

What can open?

  • Hospitality premises can open for delivery and take-away service only;
  • All of the following employment sectors can continue to operate with in-person service:
    • Supermarkets, groceries, butchers, bakeries, pharmacies, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations, newsagencies, post-offices, health-service/front-line responses.
  • The following employment sectors are closed:
    • Outdoor sporting facilities, including tennis and golf clubs;
    • Indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, swimming pools, community venues, amusement parks and arcades, creative studios, galleries and museums;
    • Hairdressers, car washes and personal care services;
    • Accommodation, real estate services,
  • Non-essential tradesperson roles are not permitted in private residences, for instance garden maintenance, painting or cleaning. Essential services such as plumbing and electricians to make emergency repairs are permitted.
  • Schools will move to remote learning, except for vulnerable children and children of authorised workers.
  • Contrast to the February ‘circuit-breaker’, the State has confirmed that construction work will be permitted to continue. This may be subject to certain conditions.
  • For office and administration, the directions will provide that ‘if you can work form home you must work from home’.

Customers can still use a ‘click and collect’ style of access to retail premises for the purpose of essential goods and services.

Can I serve customers outside of a 5km radius?

  • The 5km radius of travel rule applies to persons leaving their residence.
  • Businesses are under no obligation to ensure that their customers reside within a 5km radius, and have committed no breach of the directions where they permit or serve customers who have breached the 5km radius.
  • Operating businesses must still comply with record keeping requirements for customers who attend a facility for more than 15 minutes.
  • Formal written directions are expected to be issued this evening.

Based on announcements from the State Government we are expecting further detail regarding any financial support or grants that may be available. This support includes additional funds applied to successful applicants for State Government grants from the previous lockdown, and may include Federal assistance – irrespective that the lockdown is only currently scheduled for 5 days.

As always our office will monitor changes in the situation, provide further updates, and address any queries you may have.

This update does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest and it is not intended to be comprehensive. You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.