Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton provide the latest COVID-19 news, updates and developments on coronavirus cases and restrictions in a daily press conference.
Victoria’s health authorities are expected to provide a COVID-19 update on Wednesday. Click the link below to watch the press conference LIVE as soon as it’s available.
Click here to see the latest Victoria COVID-19 news, updates and developments. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au
COVID cases update
Tuesday, 17 August:
Locally acquired cases: 24
Mystery cases: 4
Active cases: 246
Tests results received: 39,832
Doses administered: 27,173
Total administered: 2,022,513
Vic COVID exposure sites
A number of venues across Victoria have been listed as COVID-19 exposure sites.
Anyone who has attended a Tier 1 exposure site at the times listed must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Anyone who attended a Tier 2 exposure site at the times listed must get tested and isolate for a negative result.
See the latest on Victoria’s exposure sites by clicking the link below.
Latest Melbourne COVID restrictions
The following information has been provided by Victoria’s Department of Health.
Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following local government areas (LGAs):
- Glen Eira
- Greater Dandenong
- Hobsons Bay
- Moonee Valley
- Mornington Peninsula
- Port Phillip
- Wyndham (except little River)
- Yarra Ranges
Residents in those areas will have to abide by Melbourne’s curfew, which has returned until at least 11.59pm on September 2.
The curfew is from 9pm to 5am, which means residents cannot leave their homes between those hours except for:
- authorised work
- health and medical purposes
- care and support of a child or someone with special needs
- in an emergency or to escape harm
Melbourne’s curfew has returned until at least 11.59pm on September 2. Credit: 7NEWS
Melbourne residents are also subject to a number of other lockdown restrictions.
They have only have five reasons to leave home, including:
- shopping for necessary goods and services
- caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
- authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
- exercise (once a day for two hours)
- to get a COVID-19 vaccination
The 5km radius for exercise or shopping for essentials returns.
Outdoor gatherings are not allowed and schools, cafes, pubs and restaurants will close.
Mask wearing indoors and outdoors is already mandatory under the current rules and home gatherings have been banned since July 15.
Childcare and Early Childhood Care will remain open.
Melbourne’s lockdown has been extended until at least 11.59pm on Thursday, September 2. Credit: 7NEWS
Schools will close, with primary and secondary school students returning to remote learning – except for vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers who can learn on site.
Public playgrounds, basketball hoops, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment will also be closed.
People will not be allowed to remove their masks to drink alcohol in public.
Regional Victoria restrictions
Restrictions in regional Victoria were eased on Monday, 9 August. The following information has been provided by Victoria’s Department of Health:
There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
Residents of regional Victoria must not travel to Metropolitan Melbourne other than for permitted reasons. These include:
- for authorised work or permitted education
- to visit an intimate partner
- for care and compassionate reasons
- to access COVID-19 vaccination provided it is to the closest facility where vaccination can be obtained
- to access necessary good and services provided this is to the closest facility where these can be obtained
While in metropolitan Melbourne for the above reasons, residents of regional Victoria must comply with all directions that are in force.
There are no restrictions on travelling to other parts of regional Victoria. If visiting an Alpine resort, it is strongly recommended that you have a COVID-19 test performed and receive a negative result within 72 hours of entering the resort.
Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors. You do not need to wear a mask in your own home, or if a lawful exception applies.
If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you should get tested for COVID-19.
- Private gatherings in the home are not permitted.
- You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people. A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard or any outdoor areas at a private home.
Work and education
- If you can work or study from home, you should continue to do so. If you can’t work from home or another suitable premises, you can go to work.
- Offices can permit staff to attend on site for work, up to a capacity of 25 per cent or 10 people, whichever is greater.
- Schools and early childcare are open.
Religion and ceremony
- Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed, with density limits of one person per four square metres, and no more than 100 people in all indoor spaces and 300 people in all outdoor spaces per venue.
- Places of worship are required to have a COVID Check-In Marshal monitoring patrons checking-in using the Service Victoria app.
- You can have a wedding with up to 50 people at a venue. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. The celebrant, and a photographer are in addition to the cap.
- Funerals are allowed with up to 50 people but with no more than one person per four square metres. This limit doesn’t include infants under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral.
Sport and recreation
- Community sport is open for all ages for both training and competition, with density limit of one person per four square metres, but no more than 100 people in each indoor space at a facility. This includes contact and non-contact sport.
- The minimum number of people needed to conduct a sporting activity (players, coaches, referees, officials and carers/parents) are permitted to attend, subject to the density limit of one person per four square metres.
- Spectators are not permitted for community sports.
- Indoor and outdoor physical recreation is open, including gyms, with density limit of one person per four square metres, and no more than 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space.
- Staffed physical recreational facilities are required, whenever open, to have a COVID Check-in Marshal monitoring patrons checking-in using the Service Victoria app and to conduct a residence check to ensure patrons are not metropolitan Melbourne residents.
- Where a venue is not staffed, instructions must be clearly displayed in a prominent location to display how patrons and other visitors should record their details, and it is recommended that it states that admission is not permitted to residents of Metropolitan Melbourne.
- COVID check-in Marshals are not required at unstaffed facilities.
- Equipment must be cleaned between users. You must always wear a face mask, except during strenuous exercise, or if another lawful exception applies.
- Operational food and drink facilities within a sport or recreational facility must comply with the density limit of one person per four square metres and the maximum of 100 people for the venue.
Retail and hospitality
- Shops are open with a density limit of one person per four square metres. While shopping you must adhere to the patron limits per shop to ensure everyone in the shop can keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
- Beauty and personal care services are open with a density limit of one person per four square metres. Masks can be removed by the patron if the treatment they are receiving requires its removal.
- Operators of beauty and personal care salons and hairdressing facilities in regional Victoria are required to conduct a residence check to ensure that patrons do not reside in metropolitan Melbourne.
- Restaurants and cafes can open for seated service. A density limit of one person per four square metres applies, with a maximum of 100 people in total (indoors and outdoors) per venue. Venues smaller than 100 sqm can have up to 25 people before the density limit applies.
- Restaurants and cafes are no longer required to have a COVID Check-in Marshal at entrances to monitor patrons checking-in using the Service Victoria app.
- Restaurants and cafes are required to conduct a residence check of patrons attending for seated service to ensure they do not reside in metropolitan Melbourne.
- Food courts can also re-open with a density limit of one person per four square metres and a COVID Marshal.
- Community facilities including libraries can open with density limit of one person per four square metres, with no more than 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space.
- All community facilities are required to have a COVID Check-in Marshal monitoring patrons checking-in using the Service Victoria app.
- Indoor entertainment facilities, including theatres, cinemas and galleries, are open with a density limit of one person per four square metres and a cap of 100 people per indoor space.
- Outdoor entertainment venues can have up to 300 people per outdoor space, with a density limit of one person per four square metres and a cap of 100 people per indoor space.
- All entertainment and function facilities are required to have a COVID Check-in Marshal monitoring patrons checking-in using the Service Victoria app and to conduct a residence check to ensure that patrons attending for seated service do not reside in metropolitan Melbourne.
- Bars, karaoke venues and nightclubs can open for seated service only with a density limit of one person per four square metres and a limit of 100 people per venue. Dancefloors must be closed.
- Face masks must be carried at all times and must be worn indoors and outdoors. You do not need to wear a mask in your own home, the home of your intimate partner or if a lawful exception applies.
Who is at the press conference today?
Premier Daniel Andrews is often at the COVID-19 press conference, but there are various other officials who attend.
CHO Brett Sutton, Health Minister Martin Foley and COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar have also represented the state at the daily press briefing.
Victoria’s Chief Commissioner of Police, Shane Patton, also attends whenever required.
What time is the Vic COVID-19 press conference today?
The press conference generally takes place between 9am-12pm.
However, this can vary.
This article will be updated with the time of today’s press conference as soon as it’s confirmed.
Source by 7news.com.au