Melbourne on edge waiting for lockdown announcement

Melbourne on edge waiting for lockdown announcement

Acting Premier James Merlino said masks must still be worn outdoors in Melbourne as lockdown eases.

Victoria has reported one new Covid-19 case, with authorities set to make a final call on ending Melbourne's lockdown.

Testing chief Jeroen Weimar pleaded with Victorians to check newly added exposure sites related to the new cases.

"And anyone who's been to any of those many venue sites, it's vital that they come forward", Doctor Young said this morning.

But chief health officer Brett Sutton said he "always had it in mind" the state needed to get back down to zero cases before fully easing restrictions.

The four new cases of concern are being investigated for potential links to existing outbreaks, however no known link was immediately apparent.

The first case, a man in his 80s, was tested on Tuesday after becoming symptomatic the day earlier. The other members of the household tested positive yesterday as well.

"In terms of business support, with the restrictions easing for Melbourne, but I have just outlined, we know that some businesses, so, for Melbourne, like gyms, amusement parks, dance studios and nightclubs, they will need to remain closed for a little while longer stop that is why I am announcing a further $8.36 million to provide an additional $2000 grant to support thousands of businesses eligible for the business cost assistance program that remain closed under the restrictions that I am announcing today."

Mr Merlino said wearing masks outdoors was a small but effective price to pay.

'That will extend beyond any announcements that we will make later in the week.

Mystery surrounds a household of Covid-19 infections which has emerged at the end of Melbourne's Covid-19 lockdown.

Religious ceremonies will be capped at 150 for the venue including no more than 75 indoors, while funerals will be limited to 75 people and weddings will be capped at 20.

Regional Victorians can not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for work or education, necessary goods and services, care and compassionate reasons, or to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at the nearest vaccination centre to their home, while Melburnians will be limited to a 25km radius from their homes and remain shut off from the regions.

It is anticipated that schools will reopen for in-class learning from next week, but gyms will remain closed.

Queensland Health is still working to track down close contacts of the infected pair, who escaped the Melbourne lockdown in a vehicle last week.

Almost 30 new COVID-19 exposure sites have been added to Victoria's list, including multiple days and times for aged care home Arcare Maidstone.

Marco Fine Food & Groceries at Reservoir Central has been listed as a Tier One site requiring anyone who attended at the time to isolate for 14 days and get tested.

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