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Businesses devastated as Victoria heads back into lockdown

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
15 February 2021 1 minute readShare
Victoria heads back into lockdown

Businesses in Victoria are back in lockdown until at least the end of Wednesday as the state scrambles to contain a recent COVID outbreak that began within its hotel quarantine system.

Last Friday, Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement that the state would re-enter stage 4 restrictions from 11.59pm on 12 February until 11.59pm on 17 February.

The state recorded five local COVID-19 infections on 12 February which was high enough for Mr Andrews to call the snap lockdown.

Under the restrictions, essential stores including supermarkets, bottle shops and pharmacies will remain open. Cafés and restaurants will only be able to offer takeaway.

Hotel and accommodation providers will be able to stay open to support guests already staying onsite. No new bookings can be made.

The move follows recent similar, short lockdowns in Queensland and Western Australia amid continued concerns about the higher infectiousness of a strain of the coronavirus that originated in the UK.

For those who were permitted to work during stage 4 restrictions in Victoria last year, Mr Andrews said they’ll most likely be an essential worker now; otherwise, everyone else must work from home.

“The most important thing you need to know is this: this is our opportunity — our brief window — to starve the virus of what it wants most. Movement,” the Premier said.

“By limiting our movement, we limit the potential spread of the virus. And by going hard and going early, we’re giving ourselves every opportunity to get in front of this.”

Much like the stage 4 restrictions last year, restrictions include a curfew from 8pm to 5am, with the only exceptions including work, medical care and caregiving.

Exercise is limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than 5 kilometres from a person’s home.

Group size will be limited to a maximum of two, regardless of whether the person lives with the other person or not.

Shopping will be limited to one person per household per day. The 5-kilometre rule will also apply. Some common-sense exceptions apply, such as if a person’s closest supermarket is further than 5 kilometres, that person can still shop there.

Click here to view the full set of restrictions under the snap lockdown and how it will affect your business, as well as what defines an essential worker or provider.

Businesses devastated as Victoria heads back into lockdown
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Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is the deputy editor of MyBusiness. Before that, he was the deputy editor for SMSF Adviser as well as features editor for ifa (Independent Financial Adviser), InvestorDaily, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Adviser Innovation.

You can email Adrian at [email protected].

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