Tighter COVID restrictions for G21 region
From midnight tonight (30 July) people in the G21 region local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Golden Plains and Queenscliffe, plus the local government area of Moorabool, will no longer be able to visit people at their homes or have visitors at home.
In addition, from midnight on Sunday 2 August a face covering will be mandatory for everyone within Victoria.
The announcements were made today (30 July) by Premier Daniel Andrews in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases within the G21 region and regional Victoria.
The Premier announced that the State recorded 723 new cases of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours.
The restrictions relating to restaurants remain unchanged.
“Understandably, there’ll be plenty of questions about why this and not that. Why you can have dinner together at a restaurant – but not at a mate’s place,” Premier Andrews said.
“And the simple truth is, the data. The data is telling us that outside work, this is the single greatest cause of transmission in these communities.
“People are visiting friends and family – and taking the virus home with them.
“It makes sense. These are the kind of places we let our guard down. We relax, we get comfortable and we forget all the rules about keeping safe.
“As challenging as it is, these changes are fundamentally about protecting the people you love.
“Reflecting today’s numbers, we’ll continue to look at workplaces – how and what and where more can be done to protect workers, their families and their communities.
“I understand that many Victorians will be feeling equal parts frustrated, tired and sad. I am too.”
To view the Premier's full statement and for further details on COVID-19 and the new restrictions go to: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus