We don't want that.". “We need to find that sweet spot between the length of the current lockdown and the risk of a resurgence,” Cheng said. “We have to take steady and safe steps out of lockdown.”. For people who do live in regional Victoria, not much of today's announcement applies to you. It's a pandemic. If we can just hold on a little longer we can get ourselves into a better place where we can open up more and still maintain control.”, Melbourne's stage-four restrictions could last until mid-October, modelling suggests, Melbourne anti-lockdown protests: at least 15 arrested in violent clashes with police. There are 1,872 active cases in Victoria, of which just 98 are in regional areas. The state recorded 63 new cases on Sunday and five new deaths, all of which were linked to aged care. From 23 November, outdoor gatherings will increase to 50 people, Melbourne residents will be allowed to have up to 20 visitors in their home, all retail and hospitality will be open with 20-person limits in restaurants, real estate will open, and wedding and funerals will return to normal. No Victorian does," he said. Mr Andrews said there was not much chance of this latest round of restrictions ending early, even if cases got under control before the end date. Victoria has officially confirmed stage four restrictions will be introduced in Melbourne as coronavirus cases skyrocket. Catch up on all the key points here. "Of course there are many thousands more close contacts who are being worked with in terms of trying to contain the spread of the virus and our public health team is doing that very important work as best they possibly can," he said. From midnight next Sunday, Andrews said, the curfew would start at 9pm instead of 8pm, and people who live on their own would be able to have one guest in their home, extending the rules for intimate partner visits to one friend or family member. "'Cusp of a second wave', 'second wave', what people want to call this is entirely irrelevant.". Masks are compulsory across Victoria. And unless this is done safely and steadily that simply won’t happen.”. Stage-four restrictions in Melbourne, which include a night-time curfew, will be extended for two weeks to 28 September, with Daniel Andrews declaring: “We can’t run out of lockdown.” The curfew, travel limits and some other elements of stage four will then remain in place until 26 October. Nearly five million residents of greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have entered a very different world, with a new six-week lockdown coming into effect. Outdoor gatherings will increase to 10 people and up to five guests will be allowed in a home from “another nominated household” – meaning the so-called bubble system will be extended. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. From 26 October, if the daily average has fallen to fewer than five new cases a day, the curfew will lift and there will be no restrictions on the reasons people can leave home. ... even if cases got under control before the end date. Melbourne lockdown, lack of titled lots drives 28pc sales slump. Victoria declares state of disaster as Melbourne goes into stage 4 lockdown with an 8pm curfew Adrian Esterman - August 2, 2020 5 MIN READ Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move to “stage 4” restrictions from 6pm Sunday, as … Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will re-enter lockdown from Wednesday.