Victoria starts fourth COVID-19 lockdown

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VICTORIA STARTS ITS FOURTH COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

* Four new cases, taking the City of Whittlesea outbreak to 30

* 39 active cases (including hotel quarantine)

* Record testing, with 47,462 in the 24 hours to Friday morning. Also 17,223 vaccine doses, taking Victoria past one million jabs

* 15,000 primary and secondary contacts, including 1452 primary close contacts

* Victoria has asked the federal government for 160 Australian Defence Force staff to help with doorknocking of positive cases and primary close contacts

* First case of community transmission in the outbreak, with an infection at the Sporting Globe in Mordialloc

EXPOSURE SITES

* More than 150 exposure sites across the state, including private sites (e.g. homes). There are 121 public sites

* Health officials particularly concerned about contact tracing at five entertainment venues:

The Local, Port Melbourne, May 21 from 1.40pm to 3.30pm

Palace Hotel, South Melbourne, May 21 from 5.45pm to 6.45pm

Three Monkeys, Prahran, May 22 from 9.10pm to 11pm; and May 23 from 12.30am to 2am

Somewhere Bar, Prahran, May 22 from 10.30pm to 1am

Sporting Globe, Mordialloc, May 23 from 6.17pm to 9.43pm

* Full list of exposure sites available at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

VACCINES

* Pfizer vaccine available from Friday for Victorians aged 40-49. The vaccine hotline took 77,000 calls in 15 minutes after Thursday's announcement

* Call capacity doubled in last 24 hours, with more than 630 people working in contact centre

* 10,000 bookings confirmed on Thursday, another 2000 before 9am on Friday

VICTORIA'S SNAP LOCKDOWN RULES FROM 11.59PM MAY 27 TO 11.59PM JUNE 3

* Five reasons to leave home: food and supplies, authorised work, care, exercise (up to two hours a day with one person), to get vaccinated

* 5km travel radius from home for shopping and exercise

* Cannot relocate to another residence

* Face masks mandatory inside and outdoors, not at home

* Private and public gatherings banned

* Community sports cancelled

* Professional sports (e.g. AFL) to go ahead without crowds

* Intimate partner visits and single bubble allowed

* Schools return to remote learning for most students

* Pupil-free day on Friday for state schools to prepare

* Child care and kinder remain open

* Supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies remain open

* Cafes and restaurants takeaway only

* Gyms, hairdressers, community facilities and entertainment venues closed

* Funerals limited to 10 guests

* Weddings banned except on compassionate and deportation grounds

* Hospital visitors limited to end of life, partner support during childbirth, accompanying a child

* Emergency dental allowed

* Elective surgery paused apart from the highest category

* Victorian border residents can go to work in NSW and SA, subject to approval from those states

COMPLIANCE

* On-the-spot fines of up to $1652 for adults and up to $9913 for businesses deliberately breaching public health orders

* $200 fines for mask breaches

BUSINESS SUPPORT

* No state government announcement on Friday, but Acting Premier James Merlino again said there would be one "in the coming days"

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

* International flights into Victoria continue

COURTS

* Courts to continue with jury trials already underway

* No new trials to begin until restrictions ease

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

* Hard border

QUEENSLAND

* Border closed from 1am on Friday

* Queensland residents may re-enter but must follow lockdown rules

TASMANIA

* Border closed, only essential travellers permitted

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

* Border closed with Greater Melbourne

* Road border checkpoints established

NSW

* No border closure

* Anyone entering NSW from Victoria after 4pm on Thursday must follow lockdown rules

* Residents told not to go to Greater Melbourne or Bendigo

ACT

* Border closed to non-ACT residents leaving Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday

* All arrivals after then must travel directly home and follow lockdown rules

NORTHERN TERRITORY

* Border closed to Greater Melbourne and Bendigo

* Anyone arriving from those areas must quarantine for 14 days

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