New Victoria Covid restrictions: latest update to Melbourne lockdown curfew and regional Vic coronavirus rules explained | Victoria

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The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, announced a statewide lockdown from Saturday 21 August which extended the rules that applied to Melbourne – except for the evening curfews – across the entire state.

The lockdown, initially scheduled to end on 2 September, has now been extended. Andrews announced on 1 September that some restrictions would ease when the state hits a 70% first dose vaccination rate – expected about 23 September. The curfew applies to Melbourne from 9pm to 5am every day.

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What about weddings, funerals and religious services?

Funerals will be able to go ahead indoors and outdoors with up to 10 people, plus those required to conduct the funeral.

Weddings are not allowed, unless end of life or other exceptional circumstances apply.

People involved in producing religious broadcasts must be the same group of people each time.

What about aged care and hospitals?

No visitors are allowed at aged care facilities except for limited reasons. There will be no visitors to hospitals allowed except for end of life, if you’re a partner during the birth of your child, or a parent accompanying a child.

Can I go and get vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated is one of the reasons people who are eligible to receive the jab can leave home. The Victorian government has expanded the eligibility to include those aged between 40-49 for state-operated vaccination sites. People in this category can now call the hotline on 1800 675 398 to book an appointment.

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