Victorian premier won’t rule out Stage 4 lockdown extension

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has not ruled out the possibility of extending stage four COVID-19 lockout restrictions beyond the deadline of September 13.

Metropolitan Melbourne residents are under lockdown restrictions for nearly a month, which include a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am unless they pursue or provide treatment or work.

Residents are permitted to shop and exercise throughout the day, but only once a day, and within 5 km of their house.

On Monday, Andrews said on Sunday, September 6, he will be releasing the road map for the state beyond stage four.

“Another week’s data is critically important to make sure that the strategy continues to work and for us to have a better sense of how long it will take to drive these numbers down to very, very low numbers,” he said.

Asked if Stage 4 restrictions could stretch past the end of the six-week period, he said: “We can’t rule out settings in two weeks’ time, it is very difficult to know what those settings will be.”

“They have to be guided by the data, the science, and the very best medical advice,” he added.

On Sunday, instead, Andrews said he will announce proposals that the government aims to introduce.

“Everything has to have that asterisk next to it,” he said.

“I know that is deeply frustrating, it is frustrating for all of us.

“But (health authorities) understand that if we were to open up with numbers anything like what we have had, even with a really positive trend, then those numbers will explode.”

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