MITCHELL Shire residents will join people across all of metropolitan Melbourne in returning to stage three restrictions from 11.59pm tomorrow night.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced the ‘stay at home’ restrictions would be reinstated.
There will only be four reasons to leave home; shopping for food and essential items; care and caregiving; work or study; and exercise.
Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to stage three as well, meaning restaurants and cafes will return to delivery and takeaway services only.
Community sport; beauty and personal services; entertainment and cultural venues will close.
The premier said exercise would look different this time around and people were unable to cross suburban borders to exercise.
“I know just how tough this will be for these businesses and for their workers. I promise, we’ll have more to say shortly about support to help get you through,” Mr Andrews said.
“I also understand six weeks might feel like an eternity. But it’s the time our health experts tell us they need to really get on top of this thing.”
School holidays will be extended by one week for prep to year 10 students as further advice is awaited upon by health professionals, while year 11 and 12 students will return to school for term three as planned.
“For people who live in regional Victoria, where case numbers remain low, current restrictions will remain the same for now,” Mr Andrews said.
“We’ve talked about this virus being like a public health bushfire. By putting a ring around metropolitan Melbourne, we’re essentially putting in place a perimeter to protect regional Victorians.
“This is not where any of us wanted to be, but we have to face the reality of our situation. To do anything else would have deadly consequences.”
Mr Andrews said the restrictions were not to be taken lightly and for every restriction that was broken, the consequence may be someone’s life.