Snap COVID-19 restrictions

A snap five-day ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown will come into effect from 11.59pm Friday, 12 February until 11:59pm on Wednesday, 17 February.

12 February 2021

This is a short, sharp blast aimed at giving the state the capacity to get ahead of the faster moving strain of COVID-19 currently in Melbourne, which currently has 19 active cases.

Under the new restrictions, there will be four reasons to leave your home: 

> Shopping for the things you need

> Care and caregiving

> Exercise 

> Work, if it is essential

The following facilities will be closed for the duration of the lockdown:

> Bright Sports Centre and pool

> Myrtleford and Mount Beauty outdoor pools

> Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford Libraries

> 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

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

Outdoor playgrounds and skateparks will also remain open.

Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from your home. If there are no shops in your five-kilometre radius, you’ll be able to travel to the ones closest to you.

Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors – whenever you leave home.

As with Stage 4 restrictions, all non-essential retail will close, but essential stores like supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies will remain open. 

Cafes and restaurants will only be able to offer take-away.

Restrictions include:

> No visitors to your home

> Public gatherings won’t be able to go ahead

> School students will be learning from home, unless they need onsite supervision as the children of essential workers

> Universities and TAFEs will close or move to remote learning

> Gyms, pools, community centres, entertainment venues and libraries will close

> Hotel and accommodation providers will be able to stay open to support guests already staying onsite - no new bookings can be made

> Funerals will be able to go ahead with up to ten people

> Weddings will need to be postponed

> A list of who is considered an essential worker will be made available online - if you were a permitted worker during Stage 4 restrictions – you’ll most likely be an essential worker now too

> Everyone else must work from home

Childcare and kindergartens will remain open. 

View a table of restrictions and essential workers here:

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