Update: Lockdown extended for a further 7 days and permits required for cross-border communities

Lockdown Extended

The Victorian Government has today announced that Melbourne’s lockdown will extend for a further 7 days until at least Thursday 19 August at 11:59pm.

All existing conditions and restrictions will remain in place during this period, including the restricted operation of permitted industries, reasons to leave the home and the 5km travel radius.

Permits Required in Cross Border Communities

The Victorian Government has also announced changes to cross border communities. From 1pm tomorrow but to be enforced from 6pm on Friday 13 August, residents of these communities will be required to obtain a permit to cross the border between Victoria and NSW.

Reasons for residents of cross border communities to cross the Victorian-NSW border will still include:

  • Obtaining necessary goods and services, including medical care;
  • Care or other compassionate reasons;
  • Work (whether paid or voluntary, including for charitable or religious purposes);
  • Education (including childcare or early childhood services); 
  • Receiving a COVID-19 vaccination;
  • Organised/community sport and exercise connected to or organised by a club or facility.

Residents will be able to apply for a permit from Thursday afternoon through Service Victoria at service.vic.gov.au and via the Service Victoria app.

Further Business Support

The Premier also announced in response to questions that further business support would be announced tomorrow. Further updates will be provided as soon as more information becomes available.

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.