Learn What The New Lockdown Rules Mean For Melbourne This Week

By Ben Tyers
23rd Mar 2020


On Sunday, state leaders and the Prime Minister met to determine the next stage in lockdown rules for Australia to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The new rules come into effect from 12pm on Monday 23 March in Victoria, here's what will be changing and what you need to know.

We'll keep this updated as anything changes.

Should You Stay Home?

Advice from the Prime Minister is that unless essential travel, you should be staying at home and avoid contact with others.

What Will Be Closed?

From 12pm Monday 23 March, the following businesses must close:

  • Pubs
  • Clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Casinos
  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor places of worship
  • Gyms
  • Indoor sporting venues
  • Victorian schools will be closed from Tuesday 24 March

The following National Parks/Destinations Have been closed:

  • The Twelve Apostles
  • 1000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial Walk and Lyrebird Trail
  • Accommodation and camping at Tidal River will be closed from 22 March
  • Penguin viewing platform at St Kilda is closed. The pier remains open
  • Sovereign Hill
  • Mackenzie Falls in Grampians National Park
  • Werribee Mansion

What Will Still Be Open?

Businesses that are declared as "essential services" will remain open, they include the following:

  • Supermarkets
  • Banks
  • Petrol Stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Convenience Stores
  • Freight and logistics businesses
  • Food delivery services
  • Bottle shops
  • Hairdressers
  • Beauticians
  • Cafes & restaurants who already do, or have adapted to take away only
  • Mechanics
  • No change to public transport timetables
  • Shopping centres

How Long Will The Lockdown Last?

In a press conference on Sunday night, the Prime Minister declared that Australians must expect these restrictions to remain in place for six months.

"The more we share the sacrifice, the more we do the right thing together as Australians, the more lives we will save, the more livelihoods we will be able to preserve and the stronger we will all be on the other side."

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