The number of COVID-19 cases in Australia continues to rise and today new measures have been announced by the governments of Victoria and South Australia.
Victoria extends lockdown for seven days
In an announcement yesterday, Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Brett Sutton said current restrictions for the state of Victoria will remain in place for at least a week.
This means that until Tuesday July 27 at 11:59 p.m., residents must only leave their homes for essential reasons and stay within 5 km of their home. Under these measures, public and private gatherings are not allowed and hospitality services (eg restaurants, cafes, bars, etc.) can only provide take-out services.
This also means that wearing a mask is always compulsory inside and outside the home and outside, with some exceptions.
âThe Delta variant is more contagious and moves faster than we’ve seen in any of our other outbreaks and we won’t take the risk of opening up too early,â Sutton said, âthis extension of the current restrictions will keep us from going. will help contain this epidemic. “
South Australia enters level 5
South Australia’s Prime Minister Steven Marshall announced that starting at 6 p.m. today, July 20, the state will begin a week-long lockdown to contain the spread of the Delta variant of COVID -19. It wasn’t until Monday that the level 4 restrictions were implemented, but the announcement means the state will move to level 5 tonight.
Below level 5, private gatherings are not allowed and residents are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, including:
- essential work
- obtain essential goods and services
- get tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 and other essential health services
- for care
- exercise (limited to those who are part of a household)
Residents are encouraged to minimize their trips to 2.5 km from their home. Masks and face coverings should be worn outside the home, both indoors and outdoors.
Restaurants, cafes and pubs must close to the public but are allowed to offer take-out services.
All non-essential retail businesses must close. Essential retail businesses that can remain open include supermarkets, drugstores, and gas stations.
The Australian Institute of Food Safety will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as it evolves.