The Australian state of Victoria goes into lockdown again. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has announced the closure of non-essential activities for six weeks, to face the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced “from 6pm tonight, Victoria will enter a state of disaster. We have used this same arrangement over the summer, and as we intensify our fight against this public health fire, we must use it again.
“From 6pm tonight, Melbourne will also move to phase 4 with stricter rules to limit the movement of people – and limit the spread of this virus in our city. This includes a curfew – from 8pm to 5am – starting tonight. The only reasons for leaving home during these hours will be work, medical care and assistance. Where you slept last night is where you will have to stay for the next six weeks. There will be exemptions for partners who live separately and for the job, if necessary. “
“The nighttime network will be suspended and public transport services will be reduced during curfew hours. Exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometers from home. The group size will be limited to a maximum of two people – you and another person – whether you live with them or not. Purchases will be limited to one person per family per day. Again, the five kilometer rule will apply. “
“Of course, there will be some common sense exceptions. If the nearest supermarket is more than five kilometers away, you can still shop there. If you are a parent with small children, you can still take them with you when you go shopping a walk. And these limits of distance, gathering and time do not apply for reasons of work, medical treatment or compassion “.