The Stay at Home restrictions have had to be reinstated due to the state’s recent spike in new COVID 19 cases and will be in place for at least six weeks.
Premier Daniel Andrews issued a grim summary of the situation in Victoria saying “we know we are on the cusp of something very, very bad”.
“It is simply impossible with case rates at this level … to suppress and contain this virus, without taking significant steps,” he said.
“Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer and across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions will be reinstated from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July,” said the Premier.
“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."
“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.”
Residents of metropolitan Melbourne, and Mitchell Shire north of the city, will be banned from leaving home except for one of four essential reasons: to shop for food and essential goods and services; for care or compassionate reasons; to exercise outdoors; or for work or study — if it can’t be done from home.
This comes as a devastating blow to hospitality businesses in the affected zones as they will have to go back to operating as takeaway only. Melbourne venues only commenced dine-in trade on 1 June with a cap of 20 patrons. The state announced plans to increase numbers to 50 in July, but the plans were scrapped just weeks later, with the announcement that venues would only be able to host 20 people at a time until 12 July.
The reinstatement of restrictions has left venues in the lurch, with many operators finding themselves with a surplus of produce they won’t be able to clear running off takeaway sales.
For more information, check out the state government site.