COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Melbourne as new case confirmed

Victorians living in Greater Melbourne and the City of Whittlesea must wear masks indoor from 6pm tonight and until at least June 4.

Household gatherings are now limited to five people per day, and public gatherings are limited to 30 people. Face masks will need to be worn indoors, unless an exemption applies. The face mask requirement applies everyone aged 12 years and older.

As of 11.15am Tuesday, the Review understands that the Mitchell Shire and Macedon Ranges Shire are not considered a part of Greater Melbourne and residents do not need to follow the same restrictions, however those living in Greater Melbourne and working in those areas must follow mask and gathering requirements.

These restrictions come after a new case of community transmission was confirmed this morning.

This case brings the state’s total to five, after four cases were confirmed in the City of Whittlesea yesterday. All the cases are close family members who live across three households.

Schools and workplaces will remain open with the current restrictions that are in place. Depending on the workplace, this includes COVIDSafe measures and in some cases, a density requirement. There are no changes to existing density rules.

Victorians who live in Greater Melbourne and need to travel to regional Victoria can still do so however, the restrictions travel with them.

For example, if you visit someone outside of metropolitan Melbourne, they must not have more than five visitors to their home in that day. If you attend a public gathering outside of Greater Melbourne, it must not be bigger than 30 people.

Victorians visiting regional Victoria from Melbourne will also need to wear a face mask when indoors even when outside of metropolitan Melbourne, unless an exemption applies.

Hospital and aged care visitor restrictions will also now apply state-wide.

We urge all Victorians to maintain COVIDSafe behaviours to keep our community safe and most importantly, if you are unwell, get tested as soon as possible and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

All eligible Victorians are also urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Appointments are available at sites across the state and at participating GP clinics, walk ins are also accepted at many sites. Check your eligibility and your nearest site now.

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings, Victoria’s travel permit system and the vaccine program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

This story was updated at 11.15am May 25 with new information regarding Mitchell and Macedon Ranges shires.

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