Below are the new restrictions for Victoria and SA as from 11.59 pm today.


The state is headed back into stage 4 restrictions from midnight tonight until 11.59 next Tuesday night (20 July), which means people must remain home and only leave for these five reasons:

  • Essential shopping for food and medical supplies
  • Caregiving
  • Essential work and education
  • Exercise for two hours per day with one other person not from your household or your partner.
  • Getting a COVID-19 jab

Schools will be closed the three days other than for children of essential workers, though childcare will remain open. “Schools will do their very best tomorrow. As close to a regular curriculum and regular school day as possible,” Andrews said.  “But with the benefit of the weekend and tomorrow, we will have two days of full remote learning on Monday and Tuesday.”

The state’s five-kilometre travel restriction is back, other than for people who need to travel for essential shopping, and masks are also mandatory indoors and outdoors, except for the home.

Only one person per household can shop each day and only for essentials. Hospitality is closed other than for takeaway and non-essential retail is closed other than for click and collect.

While the new Victorian lockdown currently applies to the whole state, Daniel Andrews says that some regional areas will be allowed to ease restrictions earlier than Tuesday, which is Melbourne’s end date.

If you were an authorised worker during the last lockdown, you’ll be an authorised worker this time around. Everyone else must work from home.  A list of authorised work and workers is available online here


Restrictions have been reintroduced in South Australia in response to the evolving COVID crisis across Australia.

Premier Steven Marshall has announced that from midnight tonight venues will be limited to 50 per cent capacity and masks will be needed in high-risk settings, such as aged care and correctional facilities.

Dancing and singing will also be banned and private gatherings will be capped at 150 people.

SA will also shut its border to Victoria from midnight.  Residents returning from Greater Melbourne, Geelong or Bacchus Marsh will have to go into quarantine for 14 days. People from other parts of Victoria will need to undergo testing on days one, five and 13, but will be exempt from self-isolating after getting their first test result.

The state will not be lifting its border restrictions with South East Queensland as originally planned. 

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