As the numerous COVID-19 outbreaks across Australia have highlighted, this pandemic crisis is not going away without a more widely-rolled out vaccine.
The recent news out of Victoria has Australians on high alert, concerned about reinstated border closures and social distancing restrictions.
As of Thursday, May 27 it has been announced that Victoria will enter into a seven-day lockdown in an attempt to control the latest outbreak. There are currently 34 active cases in the state. Full details on exposure sites and positive cases can be found on the Victorian government website here.
The Victorian government issued a statement on the lockdown today, sharing that:
“Victoria will move to circuit breaker restrictions from 11:59 pm tonight [May 27]. These settings will remain in place until 11:59 pm on 3 June – but if we can end that sooner, we will.”
The restrictions specify that the only reasons to leave your home:
Food and supplies. Authorised work. Care and caregiving. Exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person. And getting vaccinated.
Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from home. If there’s no shops in your 5km radius, you can travel to the ones closest to you. Shopping is also limited to one person per day, per household.
Private and public gatherings are not permitted, aside from visiting your “intimate partner” and “single person bubbles”. Schools will close for everyone apart from essential workers and those in vulnerable circumstances, though childcare services will remain open.
Necessary services like supermarkets, banks and petrol stations will remain open but gyms, beauty services and entertainment venues will close. You can find the full statement here.
How do I keep up with COVID-19 hot spots?
If you’re trying to stay across all the local updates on new cases, there’s an incredibly useful interactive map available on Google that may help (in addition to government resources).
The regularly updated map shows currently identified COVID-19 contact tracing (or hot spot) locations across the country so folks know which sites have been impacted and whether or not they need to act after having visited them.
It’s been divvied up into sections according to severity.
The list of venues classified as ‘Test and 14 Days Isolation’ (as of 11:41 am May 27):
JUMP! Swim Schools Bundoora
Nando’s Epping (Dalton Rd)
Woolworths Epping North
McDonald’s Clifton Hill
The Furniture Trader
JMD Grocers & Sweets(Indian Super Market)
Kidstuff | Highpoint
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Toyworld Central Highpoint
Bamboo House – Northern Chinese Fine Dining Cuisine in Melbourne CBD (Chinatown)
The Nicholson Coffee House
Secco & Co
Port Park Cafe
The Local Port Melbourne
Little Tienda Thornbury
The list of venues classified as ‘Isolate until negative test’ (as of 11:41 am May 27):
Futsal Oz – Brunswick
Epping North Shopping Centre
House & Party
Shell Coles Express Reservoir
B.T. Connor Reserve
Chemist Depot Epping
Highpoint Shopping Centre
Adams Reserve Playground
ALDI Preston South
Deep Indian supermarket
Fruits Of Lalor
No 1 Fruit Market
Everfresh fruit market
White Line Automotive
Bunnings Mill Park
MCG – Collingwood vs Pt Adelaide
Visit the COVID-19 hot spot map here and click on a location to see specific information about the area you may have visited and what to do next.
This article on COVID-19 hot spots has been updated since its original publish date.