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Melbournes lockdown will be extended until 11.59pm on August 19 as Victorian health authorities warned it was “too early” to lift the city’s lockdown.

Victoria recorded 20 new local cases of coronavirus on Wednesday – five of those were mystery cases.

The lockdown was set to end on Thursday at 11.59pm, but a rise in mystery cases triggered Premier Daniel Andrews to announce a seven-day extension of Melbourne’s lockdown.

The lockdown in regional Victoria was lifted on Monday as infections remain contained within metropolitan Melbourne.

In Melbourne you must only leave home for five reasons:

  • To get the Covid-19 vaccine;
  • For medical/care purposes;
  • For essential goods/shopping;
  • For exercise;
  • For permitted work reasons.

Residents in Melbourne also cannot travel beyond a 5km radius of their home, unless they are travelling for a permitted reason.

In regional Victoria residents are allowed:

  • Regional Victorians will be able to leave home for any reason;
  • Schools and workplaces will reopen;
  • Travel to Melbourne only allowed for a permitted reason;
  • Food and hospitality will open for seated service only, with density limits to apply;
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people;
  • Weddings and funerals can proceed with a maximum of 50 people;
  • Masks mandatory in all indoor settings and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.

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