COVID live updates: Acting Premier James Merlino details new restrictions


The Acting Premier announced on Wednesday 2 June that in Victoria, there are now 60 cases and over 350 exposure sites and a variant of the virus that is quicker and more contagious than we have ever seen before. The best way to stop this virus is via vaccination, but as we know, only 2% of our population is fully vaccinated. If we let this thing run its course, it will explode.

We’ve got to run this to ground because if we don’t, people will die.

And if that happens, it’s our most vulnerable – it’s our parents, it’s our grandparents, it’s Victorians with underlying conditions or compromised immunity, it is those Victorian whose will pay the price.

In the end, this is about saving lives, the Acting Premier told.

Restaurants, beauty salons in regional Victoria to check IDs of patrons
“Businesses that are open in regional Victoria but closed in Melbourne, so restaurants and beauty, for example, must check the IDs of everyone they serve,” Mr Merlino said.

He said this was because people broke the rules and took the virus with them to regional areas.

“We will also expand our service Victoria QR requirements to make it mandatory to check in to retail settings, such as supermarkets and shops and that will apply across the whole of our state.”

Restrictions ease in Regional Victoria

“Restrictions in regional Victoria are proposed to ease as follows [from 11:59pm tomorrow night],” Mr Merlino said.

  • The five reasons to leave home will be removed and there will be no limit on the distance you can travel from home.
  • You can only travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and you must follow Melbourne restrictions once you are there.
  • Outdoor gathering limits can occur with up to 10 people. Gatherings are no longer limited to two people, and infants under 12 months are not included in that cap.
  • Food and hospitality will be open for seated service only, with a cap of 50 people per venue, subject to density requirements of one per 4 square metres.
  • Retail can open and personal services such as beauty and tattooing can resume for services where masks can remain on.
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are permitted for 50 people plus one faith leader indoors or outdoors.
  • Gathering limits for weddings will be 10 people and for funerals, 50 mourners.
  • Junior outdoor community sport will return and adults will be able to resume training outdoors.
  • Outdoor pools, including swimming classes can operate with a limit of 50 people with a density quota of one per 4 square metres.
  • Libraries and toy libraries can open with a cap of 50 people subject to density requirements.
  • Outdoor seated entertainment, seated and unseated will have a patron cap of 50 people or 50 per cent of the venue’s seating capacity, whichever is lower.


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Melbourne Covid outbreak: Victorian health authorities are concerned about the speed of coronavirus transmission as case numbers rise. Photograph: James Ross/AAP

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