Lockdown across regional Victoria

Regional Victoria is in lockdown from 1pm Saturday, 21 August until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September.

21 August 2021

All metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – except for the curfew – have been implemented across regional Victoria

We know this isn’t the news anyone wants to hear, but it’s important to follow the rules - wear a mask, practice hygiene and social distancing and get tested if you have symptoms, however mild.

Take care of yourself and those around you. Seek help for yourself or family members if you need it, and remember that children and young people feel these stresses too.

Under the restrictions, there are five reasons to leave your home:

  • Shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)
  • Care and caregiving, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test
  • Exercise, for up to two hours and no more than 5km from your home (with one other person plus dependants if they cannot be left unattended. The other person can be from another household)
  • Authorised work and permitted study
  • To get a COVID-19 vaccination

Masks must be worn at all times (except while at home) unless exempted.

Workforce permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work from 11.59pm Monday, 23 August.

Further measures will be implemented to protect children across the entire state, as the number of infections among children continues to rise.

Schools will close, with primary and secondary school students returning to remote learning.

Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment will be closed.

Because of the high rate of transmission in young people all childcare centres and kinders across Victoria will be closed except to children whose parents are authorised workers and cannot be supervised at home.

Vulnerable children can still attend. A permit system will apply.

Victoria’s public health team are also strongly recommending that primary school aged children, when they are not at home, also wear a mask as an extra precaution against this virus.

The following Council customer-facing facilities and services will be closed for the duration of the lockdown:

  • Bright Sports Centre and pool
  • Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford Libraries (Click and Collect available next week)
  • All Council-owned and managed halls and community centres
  • Alpine (Bright), Myrtleford and Mount Beauty visitor information centres
  • Bright Council Office - Customer Service will still be on hand to assist via phone on 5755 0555 or email info@alpineshire.vic.gov.au
  • Learn to Swim Program
  • L2P Program
  • Supported playgroups
  • Skate parks, playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment

Porepunkah, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty transfer stations will remain open and operate with their regular trading hours. Customers are required to wear a mask and check in to attend these sites, and do not attend if unwell.

Dinner Plain:

  • All operations of tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding activities at Dinner Plain have ceased for the duration of lockdown.
  • The Dinner Plain to Mount Hotham shuttle service will cease Sunday 22 August.

All Victorians are encouraged where possible to book their vaccination appointment by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Learn more: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/lockdown-across-regional...

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