What does Victoria’s stage 4 lockdown curfew and 5km rule mean for exercise, shopping


Exercise

Maximum one hour daily within 5km of home, with one other person – no family/share house groups. There is an exemption for dependent children.

“Daily exercise is just that. It’s an opportunity to get some exercise. It’s not an opportunity to live our lives as if this pandemic was not real and not here,” Mr Andrews said.

“When it comes to exercise, it’s no longer three sets of tennis or a game of golf or any of that. It is staying close to home and only once per day and only one person. That is really very, very important as well.

“The whole issue of one hour really puts beyond doubt some of those recreational activities anyway because you simply wouldn’t be able to conduct some of those things in an hour.

“There will be common sense exemptions for children who are being cared for and can’t be left at home and things of that nature.”

Shopping

Only one person per household per day within 5km or closest supermarket. There is an exemption for caregiving, assisting the elderly.

“You will no longer be able to leave home and go any further away from your home than a 5km radius,” Mr Andrews said.

“You will not be able to be at any point more than 5km away from your home for the purposes of shopping for what you need. Only one person will be able to go shopping once per day and they will need to secure the goods and services that are what you need within a 5km radius.

“I want to assure all Victorians, supermarkets, the butcher, the baker, food, beverage, groceries, those types of settings, there will be no impact there.

“I want to make the point there’s no need to be queuing up at the Coles or Woolworths or queuing up at the local baker or butcher, they’ll remain open.

“They’ll remain able to provide you with the things that you need. Takeaway meals, home delivery meals, they’ll remain as they are now.”

Education

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Monday – as per current program

Tuesday – pupil free day

Wednesday – all classes return to remote learning statewide

“What that means for metropolitan Melbourne is the year 11 and 12s will go back to working from home.

“Special schools will remain open for those who really need to be in those settings. And the children, the students of parents who are working, they will be able to go to school and be supervised but it will really only be those that are absolutely necessary to do so.

“We’ll be reducing the total amount of students that are at school and therefore the total amount of movement.

“In regional Victoria, they will move to remote and flexible learning for all students but there will be I think larger numbers of students that are allowed to be at school because their parents are working.”

Childcare

Childcare will be closed. There will be an exemption for vulnerable children and children of permitted workers.

Education Minister James Merlino said: “That means for the first time in our early childhood settings, the only children who will be attending on site will be children on workers and those defined industries or very vulnerable children.”

Taxis/Ubers

Mr Andrews was asked about rules in ridesharing cars and taxis and said: “Mandatory mask. Mandatory backseat and we’ll be doing further work around whether there are passenger limits on that.”

Intimate partners

There will be an exemption from the 5km limit for people to visit their intimate partners.

“The arrangements in relation to intimate partners are unchanged,” Mr Andrews said.

“The arrangements in relation to shared custody are unchanged. Things like five-kilometre rules and reasons to leave your home, they don’t apply in those circumstances.”

Restaurants/Cafes

Takeaway and home delivery allowed subject to conditions.

Bottle shops

Will remain open.

Public transport

Restricted overnight train services – returns to pre-Night Network program.

Some Protective Services Officers deployed from Night Network to enforcement.

Weddings

Banned from Thursday.

There are exemptions for compassionate reasons.

Funerals

Mr Andrews said the rules on funerals are unchanged.

Recreation

Organised sport, recreation, golf and fishing are all banned.

Businesses

Mr Andrews said there would be more detail on Monday about restrictions on businesses.

“I’ll have more to say about the types of restrictions within the economy, types of changes to the way we work and the types of support we’ll provide to all those affected,” he said.

Regional Victoria

Moves to current stagethree restrictions from Thursday.

Mitchell Shire

Remains on current stage three restrictions.

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