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COVID-19 Community Update: Stage 3 and 4 restrictions, mandatory face masks, schools and post-code data (3 August)

04 August 2020

Yesterday the Premier made some very significant announcements regarding restrictions across Victoria.
Metropolitan Melbourne is now under Stage 4 restrictions and Regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire!) will return to Stage 3 restrictions from Thursday.
Here’s the latest:
From 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions.
For the Euroa electorate, this includes the councils of Mitchell, Strathbogie, Benalla, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton and Greater Bendigo.
What we currently know about Stage 3 restrictions, is summarised below.

We expect further announcements to be made today about restrictions on businesses and workers.
The detailed Stay at Home directions can be read here.
The restrictions are now even tougher for metropolitan Melbourne. This means there are now additional limits to the rules for residents and anyone travelling to Melbourne for one of the four permitted reasons.
The additional limits include:

  • Residents cannot travel more than 5km from their home;
  • Only one person is allowed to leave the home for essential shopping;
  • Only one hour of exercise is permitted;
  • Recreational activity is no longer permitted (i.e. no golf or tennis);
  • Curfew from 8pm-5am each night. Residents must be at home unless they are working, travelling to or from work, receiving care or care giving.

Victorian students will return to flexible and remote learning from this Wednesday 5 August, with the exception of students with additional needs who attend specialist schools.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 2 August will be a pupil free day across Victoria, before new rules come into effect on Wednesday.
Similarly to the previous Stage 3 lockdown, students in regional Victoria who have no other option but to attend school will be able to, but the government has advised that this option only exists for working parents or guardians and should be discussed directly with your school.  
Childcare centres will remain open in regional Victoria.
From 11.59pm Sunday 2 August a face covering or mask will be mandatory for all Victorians.
I’ve been asked frequently whether you are required to wear a mask when travelling in a car. The answer is no, unless you are travelling with someone who is not from your household, in which case you would have to wear a mask.
Everything you need to know can be found here.
Today Victoria recorded 429 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total active cases to 6,489.
There have now been 136 deaths in Victoria.
Locally, as of yesterday, there are 27 active cases in Mitchell Shire, 22 in Greater Bendigo and one each in Greater Shepparton and Campaspe.

The cumulative total for our local government areas is as below.

We had a win over the weekend, with the government finally agreeing to my request to release case numbers by postcode.  
As I suspected, Seymour does not have any active cases at present. 
The data shows there is currently one case in Tallarook, one in Broadford, four in Kilmore and two in Wandong-Heathcote Junction. 

The COVID live website is reporting the active cases by postcode. I should note that this website is not a government website and the data is collated from media reports and verified against Federal and State Health departments.
If you are a Mitchell Shire resident, a few days ago you would’ve been wondering why the restrictions in the Geelong area, were different to the restrictions placed on Mitchell, especially given the Geelong area active case numbers were far worse.
I pressed the government for an explanation on these inconsistencies which have made life exceptionally difficult for businesses and individuals across Mitchell.
The announcement that Stage 3 restrictions will apply across regional Victoria finally brings Mitchell into line with other regional areas. 

Unfortunately, in line with Stage 3 restrictions, my office in Bridge St, Benalla will again be closed to walk-ins from Wednesday. You can still get in touch with me by phoning 5762 1600 or emailing me at [email protected].
This means JP services will not be available on Thursdays either. If you have an urgent need for documents to be witnessed or certified during this period, please phone the office so we can make alternative arrangements.

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