Victorian Premiere, Daniel Andrews, announced a five-day shutdown of what he described as a “short, sharp switch” that would curb the outbreak of the disease associated with the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel.
The restrictions in the fourth phase, which came into force at 23:59 on Friday, February 12, reflect the rules that were in force in August, so the Melbourne will be too famous.
But just in case, here’s what you need to know about locking abruptly Victoria.
When can I leave my house?
From 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Victorians will be able to leave home for only four main reasons: shopping for food and basic necessities; care and nursing; daily exercise or recreation; and work.
If you can work from home, then you have to work from home. More details are available at Vic Health.
How far can I travel from home?
You must stay at a distance of 5 km from home, unless you have to travel further for the permitted job. If you have to buy something elsewhere, it is also allowed. Andrews says “common sense” will tell you if that’s the main reason you cross the 5km limit.
What are the rules for exercising?
You can go out to exercise for two hours every day, as long as you are at a distance of 5 km from home, with members of the same household, an intimate partner or another person.
Open playgrounds will remain open.
What are the rules for wearing face masks?
People have to wear a mask whenever they leave the house. There are a few exceptions: people are excluded for medical reasons, children under the age of 12 and those who have a professional reason not to do so. These people will still be expected to wear a protective mask at all times.
Violation of the rules is punishable by a fine of $ 200.
Can I have visitors in my house?
As of Friday, February 12, 11:59 p.m., visitors are not allowed. However, intimate partners are allowed to visit them.
Outdoor gatherings are also not allowed.
What is happening with schools?
Schools will be closed from Monday, February 15, to Wednesday, February 17, but will still be accessible to vulnerable children or the children of those allowed to go to work.
Children’s centers and early childhood centers will remain open.
Universities and TAFEs will be closed.
What about tennis?
Australian Open matches will continue and professional athletes will be considered core workers, but no spectators will be allowed from Saturday to Wednesday.
Can I have dinner at a restaurant or cafe?
No, restaurants and cafes are only allowed to serve takeaway food during the lockout from 11:59 pm on February 12 to Wednesday, February 17.
Are the stores open?
Some stores such as supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies and gas stations are allowed to trade, subject to restrictions on the number of people.
Are weddings, funerals or religious services allowed?
Weddings are not allowed during the five-day lock. Funerals will be limited to 10 people. It is not allowed to close any other religious gatherings with places of worship, except for the purpose of broadcasting services.
Can I go out on Friday tonight?
Technically, yes, because the rules take effect by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 12, but Andrews urged people to use “good judgment.” He says the government decided not to apply the lock earlier because there would be too many events going on, which would cause all sorts of logistical headaches.
What if I break the rules?
As was the case during last year’s lock-in, Victoria police can impose fines of up to $ 1,652 on the spot and individuals of up to $ 9,913 for general violations of home stay orders.
The fine on the spot for not applying a face cover is $ 200.
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