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Melbourne‘s chances of emerging from its sixth lockdown this week have been dealt another blow after Victoria recorded 20 new cases on Tuesday.

Thousands more Melburnians were also plunged into isolation after dozens of Covid-19 exposure sites were added to the city’s list, which has blown out to 246. 

They included two Bunnings stores, a Target, Coles, Woolworths, Myer, Aldi, and Chemist Warehouse.

All of the 20 new cases were locally acquired and linked to known clusters, but all but five of them were in the community while infectious. 

Only two cases are in hospital with no one in ICU ‘for the first time in quite some time,’ health minister Martin Foley announced on Tuesday.

There are growing fears Melbourne's lockdown will be extended beyond midnight Thursday

There are growing fears Melbourne's lockdown will be extended beyond midnight Thursday

There are growing fears Melbourne’s lockdown will be extended beyond midnight Thursday

The number of active cases in Victoria now stands at 111. 

Almost 35,000 Victorians came forward for testing on Monday while 22,670 rolled up their sleeves for the Covid vaccine.

Health officials have seen a three-fold increase in first doses of the vaccine administered when compared this time a week ago.

‘I think that … is strong emphasis [that] young people, in particular under 39, want to get vaccinated,’ Mr Foley said.

‘Clearly, young people have assessed their personal situation in a strong and informed manner and many have determined that there are significant risks to remaining unvaccinated during a Delta outbreak. 

The number of cases infectious in the community in the next two days is the key to whether Premier Daniel Andrews will release Melbourne from lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday as planned.

Sources close to the Victorian health department expressed concerns about the risk of a potential super-spreading event if the city was lifted from lockdown too soon, the Herald Sun reported.

If lockdown is extended it might only be for the weekend to restrict social contact, and lift early next week, depending on the number of cases in the interim. 

The premier said it was ‘far too soon’ to make a decision about extending lockdown.

Things can move rapidly but I just can’t predict what’s going to happen on Thursday… it’s not a tick and flick,’ he told reporters on Monday.

‘It’s a detailed process the government goes through to determine what is proportionate.’ 

Lockdown restrictions have been lifted in regional Victoria while Melburnians (pictured on Monday) will remain lockdown for another few days at least

Lockdown restrictions have been lifted in regional Victoria while Melburnians (pictured on Monday) will remain lockdown for another few days at least

Lockdown restrictions have been lifted in regional Victoria while Melburnians (pictured on Monday) will remain lockdown for another few days at least

Anyone who was at The Coffee Club Cafe at CS Square in Caroline Springs on Auguste 5 between 1-2.30pm is deemed a close contact

Anyone who was at The Coffee Club Cafe at CS Square in Caroline Springs on Auguste 5 between 1-2.30pm is deemed a close contact

Anyone who was at The Coffee Club Cafe at CS Square in Caroline Springs on Auguste 5 between 1-2.30pm is deemed a close contact

Dozens of new exposure sites were released on Monday night, including Myer’s cosmetic and fragrance department at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong and The Coffee Club Cafe at CS Square, in Caroline Springs, both deemed as close contact sites.

Australian Rules matches played at Shorten Reserve in West Footscray on July 31 are also classified as a tier one site, so anyone at the ground that day must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days. 

Regional Victoria has been released from lockdown after four days of no new cases from the state’s coronavirus outbreak. 

‘So that means the five reasons to leave home are no longer relevant, schools will be open again, hospitality venues will be open,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘We don’t want this virus to spread but this is very positive news and speaks to the fact that we do have a degree of containment around these cases.’

All but five of the 20 new cases recorded in Victoria on Tuesday were infectious in the community. Pictured is Flinders Street Station on Monday

All but five of the 20 new cases recorded in Victoria on Tuesday were infectious in the community. Pictured is Flinders Street Station on Monday

All but five of the 20 new cases recorded in Victoria on Tuesday were infectious in the community. Pictured is Flinders Street Station on Monday

Cafes and restaurants in regional Victoria will be able to reopen to diners from Tuesday. Pictured is a hotel in Ballarat

Cafes and restaurants in regional Victoria will be able to reopen to diners from Tuesday. Pictured is a hotel in Ballarat

Cafes and restaurants in regional Victoria will be able to reopen to diners from Tuesday. Pictured is a hotel in Ballarat

The Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula regions on Melbourne’s outskirts will remain in lockdown, as they are considered part of the metro area.

Residents and business operators in both regions pleaded to be released from lockdown as neither has recorded a single case in more than year.

The town of Garfield, 79 km south-east of Melbourne is also in lockdown as it’s part of the metropolitan council shire of Cardinia, despite never recording a single case of Covid-19.

‘A pony walked into our bar six weeks ago. You just have to step foot in our town to see that we’re so far away from anything that’s considered metropolitan,’ Garfield Hotel owner Brad Alden-Brown told the Herald Sun. 

Melburnians are warned to not travel to regional areas when lockdown restrictions are eased in regional Victoria from midnight Tuesday

Melburnians are warned to not travel to regional areas when lockdown restrictions are eased in regional Victoria from midnight Tuesday

Melburnians are warned to not travel to regional areas when lockdown restrictions are eased in regional Victoria from midnight Tuesday

MELBOURNE EXPOSURE SITES 

 Tier one sites

Anyone who visited these sites at the times listed must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result. 

IPC Health St Albans, 1 Andrea Street, St Albans, 04/08/2021 9:45am – 11:40am 

Wolf Cafe & Eatery, 21 Lobelia Drive, Altona North, 02/08/2021 6:30am – 11:00pm, 03/08/2021 6:30am – 11:00pm, 04/08/2021 6:30am – 11:00pm, 05/08/2021 6:30am – 11:00pm 

Bus route 456, (Towards Sunshine Station) from Melton Bus Interchange/Palmerston Street to Rockbank Middle Road/St Georges Avenue, 05/08/2021 12:48pm – 1:14pm 

Chef Lagenda – Deer Park, Shop 9/10, 835 Ballarat Road, 04/08/2021 12:15pm – 1:30pm 

Public Toilets adjacent to Coles Burnside – Burnside Hub Shopping Centre, Western Highway and Westwood Drive, Burnside, 05/08/2021 2:15pm – 2:35pm 

The Coffee Club Cafe – CS Square, Shop L01 14-15, 29-35 Lake Street, Caroline Springs, 05/08/2021 1:00pm – 2:30pm 

Rapid Laser, 5 Elsum Avenue, Bayswater North, 05/08/2021 1:30pm – 8:30pm

Myer (Cosmetics Fragrance Department) – Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 3, 120-200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong, 01/08/2021 1:30pm – 2:00pm

Newport vs West Footscray football game at Shorten Reserve (Newport Seniors players and Seniors reserves; West Footscray Seniors players and Seniors umpires)(West Footscray reserves and reserves umpires; Wyndham Women’s players), 31/07/2021 12:10pm – 5:30pm

TyrePlus Hoppers Crossing, 346 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing, 04/08/2021 8:00am – 6:30pm, 03/08/2021 8:00am – 6:30pm, 05/08/2021 8:00am – 6:30pm, 06/08/2021 8:00am – 6:30pm, 07/08/2021 8:00am – 6:30pm

Kockums Bulk Systems PTY Ltd., 139 Bamfield Road, Heidelberg West, 05/08/2021 8:00am – 5:00pm, 06/08/2021 8:00am – 5:00pm

YPA Real Estate – CS Square, 38/29-35 Lake Street, Caroline Springs, 02/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm, 03/08/2021 9:00am – 4:50pm, 04/08/2021 9:00am – 3:30pm, 05/08/2021 9:00am – 4:20pm

Tier two

Anyone who visited these venues at the times listed must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Bendigo Bank Heidelberg, 164 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, 05/08/2021 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Bunnings Northland, 120 Chifley Drive (Corner Murray Road), Preston, 05/08/2021 4:40pm – 5:30pm 

Chemist Warehouse – Burnside, 18/15-25 Westwood Drive, 07/08/2021 11:40am – 12:15pm 

Coles Taylors Hill, Gourlay Road and Hume Drive, 06/08/2021 9:00am – 10:15am 

New Oriental Cafe, Unit 56, 29-35 Lake Street, Caroline Springs, 05/08/2021 12:20pm – 12:40pm 

Target – CS Square, 29 – 35 Lake Street, Caroline Springs, 05/08/2021 12:00pm – 12:35pm

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses – Caroline Springs, 13/19 Lake Street, 05/08/2021 10:45am – 11:05am  

 Rare Spares – Bayswater, 160 Canterbury Road, Bayswater North, 05/08/2021 2:30pm – 3:00pm

NAB Branch – CS Square, Shop 40/29-35 Lake St, Caroline Springs, 04/08/2021 1:40pm – 2:45pm

ALDI Watergardens (Taylors Lakes), Watergardens Town Centre, 399 Melton Highway, 07/08/2021 9:25am – 10:00am

Caltex Woolworths, 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes, 07/08/2021 8:35am – 8:50am 

Woolworths – Watergardens Town Centre, 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes, 07/08/2021 8:50am – 9:45am 

Lucia’s Euro Deli – Watergardens Town Centre, 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes, 07/08/2021 9:50am – 10:25am

The Good Guys – Watergardens Town Centre, 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes, 05/08/2021 7:03pm – 7:30pm 

Bunnings – Taylors Lakes, 430 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes, 05/08/2021 6:49pm – 7:00pm 

Liquorland Cairnlea, 100 Furlong Road, Cairnlea, 06/08/2021 10:45am – 12:15pm, 07/08/2021 10:45am – 12:15pm

Silver Water Car Wash Service – Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong, 01/08/2021 2:45pm – 3:00pm

Newport vs West Footscray football game at Shorten Reserve (Wyndham Women’s umpires; West Footscray Women’s players; spectators), 81 Essex Street, West Footscray, 31/07/2021 12:10pm – 5:30pm

Tier 3 site

Anyone who visited this venue at the times listed must monitor for symptoms.

Cairnlea Town Centre, 100 Furlong Road, Cairnlea, 06/08/2021 10:45am – 12:15pm, 07/08/2021 10:45am – 12:15pm

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Private home gatherings are still not allowed in regional Victoria but outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people in public places are permitted. 

Face masks will also still be mandatory indoors and outdoors.

Regional residents can now travel more freely but must have a permitted reason to travel to Melbourne and must follow metropolitan restrictions while they’re there.

Melburnians were reminded they cannot travel within the state unless they ‘absolutely have to’ and must have a valid reason.

New restrictions on regional Victoria- what you can and can’t do

Lockdown ends in regional Victoria from 11.59pm Monday

Private home gatherings are still banned

Outdoor gatherings in public spaces of up to 10 people are permitted

Masks are still mandatory indoors and outdoors

Schools and shops can reopen

Food and hospitality venues will open for seated service only with one person per four square metres, with a maximum of 100 people per venue

Personal services such as beauty and tattooing can resume

Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed with one person per four square metres, and no more than 100 people indoors, 300 outdoors

Weddings and funerals can have up to 50 people

Community sport is open for all ages, including training and competition but spectators are banned

There are no travel limits but regional Victorians can only travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and must follow Melbourne restrictions while there.

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Mr Andrews said a decision about lockdown wouldn’t be made until later in the week but he understood the community concerns about the uncertainty.

‘That decision will not be made today or tomorrow but as close to that time as possible so we have the most complete picture and the most recent data,’ he said on Monday.

‘I can’t tell you what I’ll be announcing on Wednesday or Thursday… no decision has been made and won’t be today or tomorrow. I wish I knew, I wish I could tell you now.’

‘That is the way it has always been done. As soon as we can give people clarity about what next week looks like we will absolutely do but we will take our time to properly consider not just how many cases but where they were, how long they were out in the community, all of those things.

‘I don’t for a moment pretend is it isn’t frustrating. Everyone wants certainty about what is happening tomorrow, next week, next month. 

‘But that isn’t the nature of this global pandemic particularly at virus that is changing, particularly this Delta variant.’ 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VICTORIA’S NEW LOCKDOWN

 – The lockdown is scheduled to run from Thursday August 5 at 8pm for seven days 

– There will be only five lawful reasons to leave home

1. Essential shopping

2. Two hours of daily exercise within a 5km radius

3. To seek or provide medical care 

4. Work or study that cannot be done from home.

5. To go and get vaccinated. 

– Face masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors

– Schools will return to online learning 

– 5km travel limit for essential tasks, including shopping and exercise

– If your business was closed during the last lockdown, they must close this lockdown

– Hospitality open for takeaway only

– General retail is closed, as well as all non-essential businesses 

– Visitors to the home are banned

– Funerals capped at ten people, while weddings are banned

– Professional sport can proceed but with no crowds 

– Outdoor parks and play areas are open, but those indoors must close 

 

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Source: DailyMail AU

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