Stay-at-home orders will be reintroduced for more than 310,000 residents in 36 suburbs across Victoria from 11.59pm on Wednesday following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Work, exercise, receiving care and food shopping will be the only legitimate reasons people in the suburbs which have been identified as coronavirus hotspots can leave the house.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews identified the locked down suburbs on Tuesday following 14 consecutive days of high COVID-19 diagnoses.
In the past two days alone, the state has identified 139 new cases of the deadly respiratory infection.
The impacted suburbs are:
- 3012 (Brooklyn, Kingville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray)
- 3021 (Alban Vale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans)
- 3032 (Ascot Vale, High Point City, Maribyrnong, Travancore)
- 3038 (Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens)
- 3042 (Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie)
- 3046 (Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park)
- 3047 (Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana)
- 3055 (Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West)
- 3060 (Fawkner)
- 3064 (Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park and Kalkallo)
This map shows the suburbs which will be subject to stay-at-home orders from Wednesday at 11.59pm after a spike in coronavirus cases
Police will randomly pull cars over in Victoria to ensure the occupants are not from the locked down suburbs. Queensland will also stop Victorians entering the state while letting all other Australians in from July 10. Pictured: The border near the Gold Coast
After just four weeks of freedom, residents in those ten postcodes will be banned from leaving their homes except for work and school, food shopping, giving care and daily exercise.
‘These are the acceptable reasons to leave but only if you need to. It is not an opportunity to go shoe shopping, it is not an opportunity to be taking daily exercise for the whole day,’ Mr Andrews said.
The decision comes after ‘unacceptably high rates of community transmission and the unacceptably high rates of new cases’.
Daily Mail Australia takes a closer look at what Victorians living within impacted suburbs can and can’t do from Wednesday.
Going to work or school
Victorians living inside the locked down suburbs will still be able to attend work and school.
The state government will encourage people to work from home where possible.
During the initial lockdown, students were discouraged from attending classrooms and schools increasingly offered virtual classes to compensate for low attendance rates.
It appears Mr Andrews is not looking to go down that avenue again and assured the public that attending school was a legitimate reason to leave their homes during the stay-at-home orders.
Students are currently on school holidays in Victoria, but Mr Andrews said they would return to face-to-face learning when they open again.
Victorians living inside the locked down suburbs will still be able to attend work and school. Pictured: Commuters getting off a train at Flinders Street Station
Military personnel are seen conducting testing at the new mobile testing site in Melbourne
Getting coffee or lunch with friends
Non-essential social activities will be banned from 11.59pm on Wednesday for people living in the impacted communities.
Restaurants, gyms, pubs and all other non-essential services in the suburbs must once again close their doors.
Affected businesses will be compensated with a government cash grant of $5,000.
Residents from the ten postcodes will not be allowed to go on holiday and the government will announce a support package for affected tourism businesses tomorrow.
They will also not be able to travel outside of their communities to visit non-essential services in other suburbs.
Non-essential social activities will be banned from 11.59pm on Wednesday for people living in the impacted communities. Restaurants, gyms, pubs and all other non-essential services in the suburbs must once again close their doors
The Victorian government has implemented fresh lockdown measures as the state is swamped by a second wave of coronavirus
Daily exercise will be permitted, as it was in the initial lockdown.
But Premier Andrews has already announced that people should not use that as an excuse to socialise and be outdoors longer than necessary.
‘It is not an opportunity to be taking daily exercise for the whole day,’ he said.
Police will patrol the suburbs subject to lockdown and are prepared to fine anybody breaking the rules.
‘We have to limit the number of people who are going in and out of these post codes and sadly we have to ensure that residents, families within these post codes, do not leave their home other than for those four permitted reasons and, again, only when they need to,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘Police will be actively — actively — enforcing these suburban lockdowns, this stay-at-home order.
‘They will be patrolling throughout these communities and if people are out of their home then they will be politely asked why are you out of your home and if you are out of your home for anything other than a permitted reason then on-the-spot fines apply.’
Daily exercise will be permitted, as it was in the initial lockdown. But Premier Andrews has already announced that people should not use that as an excuse to socialise and be outdoors longer than necessary
Shopping for non essentials
In line with stay-at-home orders, any non essential shopping will be forbidden for the next four weeks for people within these communities.
Non-essential businesses within the suburbs will be forced to close, and people will not be able to travel outside of their regions for shopping.
Police will be enforcing the orders with random vehicle checks similar to random breath tests and will dish out on-the-spot fines.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown was ‘deeply painful’ and ‘damaging for businesses’ but insisted that it was necessary.
‘If we don’t take these steps now we will be locking down every postcode,’ he said.
Shopping for food and essentials
Shopping for food and essential goods will be considered a legitimate reason to leave home during the four week lockdown.
Grocery shopping, visiting a pharmacy or doctor will all fall under this category.
Still, residents cannot leave their postcodes except for essential work purposes.
Booze bus-type checkpoints will be set up at the main entrances and exits into the suburbs, where police will be waiting to stop cars randomly to question where they’re heading.
“So not necessarily every vehicle, but vehicles will be stopped randomly… in an organised and coordinated way and people moving in and out of the suburb will be asked to identify themselves,” Mr Andrews said.
In line with stay-at-home orders, any non essential shopping will be forbidden for the next four weeks for people within these communities
Worst days for coronavirus diagnoses in Victoria
1. 111 new cases on 28 March
2. 96 new cases on 31 March
3. 84 new cases on 29 March
4. 75 new cases on 29 June
5. 68 new cases on 2 April
Community sport within the impacted suburbs has again been suspended.
The stay-at-home orders will be in place until at least July 29, when they will be reassessed depending on the level of community transmission and active cases.
Care or care giving
Anybody seeking care or responsible for the care of another person will be able to continue as usual.
They are encouraged to maintain social distancing practices where possible and follow the correct hygiene practices.
People living in locked down suburbs can leave their homes and towns if they are providing or receiving essential care that is not available to them within their regions.
Victorians living outside of these locked down communities will begin enjoying eased conditions in the coming days and weeks.
Five guests at a time are permitted inside homes, while up to 10 people can gather together outdoors for recreational purposes.
Cafes, restaurants and other hospitality venues are also welcoming patrons in spite of the uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.
People living outside the flagged suburbs are also welcome to travel within the state and can visit New South Wales – though Premier Gladys Berejiklian has restricted any Victorian from visiting sporting events until the virus is again brought under control.
Visiting relatives who live inside the locked down community will not be allowed.
The only exception to this rule will be visiting relatives or dependents who require immediate care.
Authorities are still considering whether the same rules will apply for people in a relationship with somebody who lives in a locked down suburb.
An answer will likely be announced on Wednesday.
Rules forcing patients to stay in their homes could be enforced more strictly with daily check-ups. Pictured: Community engagement teams are door knocking residents in coronavirus hotspots to provide additional information about the virus
Nearly 1,000 people in just two of Victoria’s coronavirus red zones are REFUSING to undergo tests despite fears of horror second wave spreading across Australia
There are almost 1,000 people in two of Victoria’s COVID-19 hotspots who have refused to undergo testing for the contagious virus.
Premier Daniel Andrews last week announced a suburban ‘testing blitz’ for residents in Broadmeadows and Keilor Downs as part of a desperate attempt to control a spike in infections.
But Mr Andrews on Tuesday afternoon revealed 928 residents in the two Melbourne suburbs had refused the swab.
‘There have been some 233 new cases of coronavirus since last Thursday, since that testing blitz began,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘That is an unacceptably high number and one that poses a real threat to all of us, not just in those hotspot suburbs but indeed in every suburb and ultimately every community across our state.’
The premier thanked residents who had come forward for testing but turned his focus on those from the red zones who rejected the service.
‘I do feel obliged to inform you that in Broadmeadows and Keilor downs alone some 928 people refused to be tested,’ he said.
‘Now I can’t change that. That’s happened. All I can do is encourage those people come forward and get tested today.
‘Come forward and get tested tomorrow and in a broader sense if someone comes to your doorstep and asks you to be tested please say yes. Please get tested.’
Mr Andrews said the suburbs with the highest number of new cases were in Broadmeadows, Fawkner and Albanvale.
In a new testing blitz across the hotspot suburbs, officials will be knocking on doors and offering people on-the-spot swabs.
‘Please, on behalf of every Victorian family, if you, or a family member, get a knock on the door and the offer of a test, please say yes,’ Mr Andrews said.
During a testing blitz over the weekend, 928 people refused to get tested in Broadmeadows and Keilor Downs alone.
Mr Andrews has also asked the Prime Minister to divert all international flights away from Melbourne for two weeks so the city does not have to quarantine returned travellers. The PM has not yet answered his request.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed Victoria was suffering a second wave after recording zero cases on 5 June.
‘The virus seems to have been snuffed out in early June. There is no evidence of any original virus from February, March, around currently,’ he said.
Victoria recorded 64 new cases of the virus on Tuesday. The number, down from the 75 reported on Monday, is the state’s sixth-worst figure since the pandemic began.
On Monday night Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke to Premier Daniel Andrews and urged him to shut down ‘hotspot’ suburbs before the outbreak gets worse.
The state’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the government was considering ‘anything required’ to stop the spread.
A mobile testing site is set up in Keilor Downs, Melbourne, amid the spike in COVID-19 cases
Premier Daniel Andrews on Tuesday afternoon revealed 928 residents in the two Melbourne suburbs had refused the swab
Which 36 suburbs are being locked down again?
3012 – Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021 – Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3032 – Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3038 – Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042 – Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
3046 – Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
3047 – Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
3055 – Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
3060 – Fawkner
3064 – Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo