UPDATE: Lockdown extended in Melbourne, school’s back for VCE students

By Melissa Meehan

LOCKDOWN has been extended for seven days for Melbourne as the Victorian government grapples with containing the latest Covid-19 outbreak. 

The whole of Victoria was ordered into a seven day lockdown last week, that was to end at midnight on June 3.

But Acting Premier James Merlino announced today (Wednesday 2 June) that the lockdown would extend for another seven days, with some changes. 

“If we let this thing run its course it will explode,” he told reporters on Wednesday. 

“We’ve got to run this to the ground.”

He said there was no choice but to extend the lockdown.

The same five reasons to leave home will be in place for Melburnians, but the 5km travel limit has been increased to 10km.

Students in years 11 and 12 will return to face to face learning. 

And some outdoor jobs, previously disallowed under the rules, will return to work. 

In regional Victoria there will be different settings. 

Lockdown will be lifted for Victorians in those regions from midnight on Thursday.

But Melburnians are not allowed to visit regional Victoria during lockdown. 

Kindergartens and childcare will remain open.

And students from Prep to year 10 will continue remote learning. 

Remote learning will not apply for vulnerable students, or children of essential workers.

Mr Merlino said the extended lockdown would last for seven dasy and there were now only five reasons to leave home.

This includes:
  • Essential shopping
  • Approved work/education
  • Exercise (2 hours a day)
  • Caregiving/ medical/ compassionate grounds
  • Vaccination

Restaurants and pubs can open for takeaway only.

Other retail can open for click and collect only.

Looking for somewhere to spend your two hours exercise? (If within the 10km radius from home) look at some playgrounds below.

The ‘Castle’, Castle Hill Reserve, Mooroolbark