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LOCKDOWN: The rules Victorians must live by for the next seven days

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Victoria was plunged into a seven-day lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday, May 27.

It comes after 12 COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours to midnight on Wednesday.

  • Scroll down for the list of what you can and can’t do under the lockdown rules

One person linked to the Whittlesea outbreak is in intensive care on a ventilator.

More than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts have been identified.

“That number will continue to grow,” Acting Premier James Merlino said.

All Victorians aged over 40 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at state-run sites from Friday.

Press PLAY below to listen to some of the press conference + Neil Mitchell’s rundown of the rules


  • ONLY FIVE REASONS TO LEAVE HOME: To get food and essential supplies, for authorised work, for exercise for up to two hours with one other person, for care and caregiving, to get vaccinated
  • TRAVEL: Five kilometre limit from home applies except: to access necessary goods and services where they can’t be accessed within 5km; for intimate partner visits; to visit person in single bubble; for work and permitted education; work at an interstate location; care and compassionate reasons
  • SHOPPING: Shopping will be limited to five kilometres from the home. If there’s no shops in your radius you may travel to the closest shops. Shopping limited to one person per day, per household
  • MASKS: Must be worn everywhere inside and outside the home
  • PUBLIC GATHERINGS: Not permitted
  • PRIVATE GATHERINGS: Not permitted, but intimate partner visits are permitted and single person bubbles will be allowed
  • SCHOOLS: Will remove to remote learning
  • HIGHER EDUCATION: Will remove to remote learning
  • RESTAURANTS, PUBS, CAFES: Takeaway only
  • RETAIL: Essential retail (supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies) can remain open, non-essential retail can only provide click and collect
  • AGED CARE: No visitors allowed unless for end-of-life reasons
  • HOSPITALS: Visitors only permitted for end of life or to support a partner giving birth
  • WEDDINGS: Not allowed except for end of life or deportation reasons. Where permitted only five people may attend (including couple and celebrant).
  • FUNERALS: Capped at 10 people plus those necessary to conduct the funeral. Infants under 12 months not counted towards the cap
  • RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS: No in-person gatherings allowed, broadcast permitted
  • OUTOOR PHYSICAL RECREATION + SPORT: Closed. Playgrounds remain open.
  • ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE: Both seated and non seated indoor and outdoor entertainment leisure venues closed.
  • REAL ESTATE: In person inspections and auctions not permitted
  • HOTELS AND ACCOMMODATION: Can only stay open to support guests already staying onsite. No new bookings can be made unless for approved reasons (like work)
  • SPORTING EVENTS: Approved professional sporting events will proceed without crowds

List of authorised workers available HERE

Image: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty