It is no more news that the government has introduced Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne metropolitan for 6 weeks, starting from the 2nd of August. The new restrictions also include night-time curfew, as announced by Premier Daniel Andrews. He explained that the state has been speculating on the unavoidable enforcement of tougher restrictions to protect the residents of the state from the rampaging pandemic.
However, many residents are not well highlighted about this stage 4 lockdown, thereby putting fears in their hearts.
Below are all you need to know about Melbourne stage 4 lockdown:
Leaving your House
The restriction allows you to leave your house but for these reasons:
- care and caregiving
- shopping for food and essential items
- daily workout or exercise
This lockdown restricts you from receiving visitors or visit another persons home unless you are going there to give or receive care. However, there is no bonk ban when you visit an intimate personal relationships someone, even during the curfew period but within 5km to your home.
No going out of Melbourne. You are obligated to follow the stay-at-home rules which apply to being staying in your residence.
Businesses and Services
The restriction also affects nightclubs, bars, and pubs. The rules allow the only takeaway for bottle shops no opening for hairdressers and all beauty services.
Beauty services and hairdressers, as well as all entertainment and social venues, will be closed.
Opening of Shops
Pharmacies, local banks, supermarkets, butchers, grocery stores, and petrol stations will be allowed to operate but under serious rules 1.5m distance people/square meter. Other general retails will be allowed to trade from 12:01 as of the 6th of August.
Residents will be allowed to shop for only essential and food items while observing social distancing at about 1.5m apart.
Remote learning will begin again for Year 11 and 12 students, as well as all other students starting from Wednesday across Victoria, except kinder and childcare for kids of vulnerable and permitted workers children.
Permitted Traveling Distance
All movement must be within a distance of 5km from your home; this includes shopping for foods and essential items. However, you can be allowed to go more than 5km if the nearest supermarket or grocery store is more than 5km to your home.
Rules for Wearing Masks
The use of face coverings in public has now been extended to the whole residents of the state as against only people in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell shire, except for medical reasons or you are alone or children below 12 years of age.
These rules affect all the entire local governments in metropolitan Melbourne, namely;
Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Banyule, Monash, Yarra, Whittlesea, Moonee Valley, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Knox, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Yarra Ranges, Frankston,
Penalty for Breaking the Rules
Failure to use a face mask is $200 fine. You can also be fined $1,652 (an on-the-spot fine issued by Victoria police) for individual and as high as $9,913 to businesses.