Regional lockdown ends tonight

Premier Daniel Andrews has just announced that lockdown will end in Regional Victoria at 11.59pm tonight, August 9. Regional Victoria has not recorded any positive Covid 19 cases in the current outbreak. Mr Andrews said pleasingly they hadn’t seen any cases in regional Victoria in the four days of lockdown. “I’m sure that will be welcome news to every single regional Victorian,” he said. Regional Victoria will now revert the previous restrictions with schools and businesses to reopen tomorrow, including pubs and restaurants, hairdressers and beauty therapists. Community sport for all ages can resume with no spectators. The five reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. However, people will only be able to travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and you must follow the Melbourne restrictions once there.  Importantly, private gatherings in the home are still not permitted, however, outdoor gatherings in public spaces can occur with up to 10 people. Face masks will also still be mandatory indoors and outdoors. Mr Andrews said the other positive news is that today’s 11 cases have all been linked to current outbreaks and hopefully Greater Melbourne may soon be in a position where they can end the lockdown if everyone keeps doing the right thing.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.