Update: 5-day lockdown announced for whole of Victoria

The State Government has today announced a short-term lockdown as a result of consecutive days of cases of community transmission, which originated from outbreaks from hotel quarantine sites.

The lockdown will take effect as and from 11:59pm tonight and will conclude on 11:59pm Wednesday 17 February 2021. The lockdown will apply Victoria-wide in accordance with ‘Stage 4 lockdowns’, and is consistent with those rules that had been in place previously.

A table summarising the restrictions is attached.

The summary of key issues include the following (which has been derived from our previous advice regarding Stage 4 restrictions):

What can I do?

Persons can leave their private residence for the ‘four reasons’, which are shopping for essentials, caregiving, essential work or education, and exercise.

Exercise is limited to 2 hours per day.

The 5km travel radius will apply.

Masks are reintroduced as mandatory in all areas, 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 without change:
    • 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;
    • Retail, other than restricted access for matters such as hardware, building and garden supplies including for business use;
    • Hairdressers, car washes and personal care services;
    • Some areas of commercial administration and offices.
  • 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.

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

A more detailed list of essential staff and workers is detailed in the attached table.

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 issue this evening.

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.