Melbourne’s lockdown is set to be lifted on Friday provided there isn’t a new surge in mystery Covid cases after just two new infections were recorded on Tuesday.
State government sources said Melbourne’s lockdown will be lifted as scheduled at 11.59pm on Thursday, with restrictions likely easing to those currently in place in regional Victoria.
‘We are certainly on course to lift the lockdown as scheduled unless there is a massive shock, we would be expecting that to happen,’ one senior source told the .
Victoria’s AMA President Dr Roderick McRae said the government needs to wait a few days to see if Monday’s 11 cases have spread, before ending the city’s lockdown.
‘Nobody knows exactly what they are.
‘Yes, we know how they linked. But what was the interaction of all of those people with others?’
Victoria recorded 11 new locally acquired Covid cases on Monday, including two linked to the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility reported on Sunday
Twenty & Six Espresso in the CBD, Red Rooster Strathmore, Pho Noodle House in Coburg North (pictured) have been added to the exposure sites list
The latest exposure sites include Chemist Warehouse in South Melbourne (pictured) and IGA in Southbank
Victoria recorded just two new locally acquired cases on Tuesday, both of which are linked to existing outbreaks, taking the total number of local cases to 85.
Downgraded restrictions implemented in regional Victoria when it exited lockdown on Friday include mask wearing indoors, caps on home and public gatherings, and capacity restrictions on offices, venues, bars and restaurants.
However, sources said Melbourne schools will likely return to in-class learning and daftar cbet children’s sports matches will be permitted.
It is understood the government on Monday notified key industries about the changes from midnight Thursday.
Meanwhile, an urgent alert has been issued for McDonald’s and other Melbourne takeaway shops after Covid-infected customers attended the venues over the weekend.
If health bosses were to uncover infections linked to any of these venues, they could extend lockdown further as it would be deemed as uncontrolled community spread.
The latest exposure sites include Chemist Warehouse in South Melbourne, IGA in Southbank and two McDonald’s stores in Flemington and Campbellfield.
Twenty & Six Espresso in the CBD, Red Rooster Strathmore, Pho Noodle House in Coburg North, Bardali Dine Restaurant and Bar in Glenroy and Honker Burgers in Mickleham have also been added to the list.
Anyone who has visited the new locations must urgently get tested and isolate until a negative result has been received
<div class="art-ins mol-factbox news floatRHS" data-version="2" id="mol-c6de1a80-c7d8-11eb-a7e3-37635d453b48" website alert for McDonald's and other Melbourne takeaway spots