The lockdown is a result of eight new COVID-19 cases today where three are ‘mystery cases’.
“There is no alternative but to listen to public health expects and take their advice,” Mr Andrews said.
“We only get once to chance to act fast.”
Mr Andrews confirmed the lockdown was for regional as well as metropolitan Victorians based on a positive sewerage test in the state’s northeast and an example of how a previous outbreak had spread as far as Mildura.
“We don’t want this to take hold in country Victoria, we just don’t,” he said.
“We all have to play our part.”
A return to lockdown rules means there will be a return to people having only-five-reasons-to-leave-home circumstances.
These include getting the food and the supplies people
need, exercising for up to two hours, care or caregiving, authorised work or education if people can’t do it from home, or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.
Shopping and exercise must occur within 5km of the home or the nearest location.
Face masks will remain mandatory indoor, but not at home, and outdoors unless an exception applies – this includes all workplaces and secondary schools.
Private gatherings are not permitted except for an intimate partner or nominated-person visits.
Public gatherings are not permitted. Exercise is limited to two people.
Childcare and early childhood care will remain open.
Schools will close, with primary and secondary students returning to remote learning – except for vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers who can learn
Where a parent or carer indicates that a student with a disability cannot learn from home due to vulnerability or family stress, the school must provide on-site learning for that student. This will apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.
Higher-education students will also return to remote learning, except for learning programs allowed on the Authorised Premises and Authorised Workers List.