Premier Daniel Andrews revealed yesterday that parts of Victoria are now “effectively” under stage four restrictions.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Mr Andrews said introducing mandatory masks in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire was “effectively our stage four”.
His comments came after the state recorded 357 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and five more fatalities.
Victoria recorded 459 new cases overnight.
Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton told reporters yesterday at the same press conference that in many cases harsher restrictions would likely have not had an impact on many of the recent clusters that have emerged.
“People have talked about stage four and a broader shutdown but the very places where we are seeing outbreaks, the very places where we are seeing transmission, are the places that would remain open if we went to a stage four sectoral shutdown,” he said.
The wearing of masks is mandatory in public for residents in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
Aged care homes, hospitals and food-processing plants are some of the sectors and businesses where outbreaks have emerged.
Wednesday will mark the halfway point of Victoria’s six-week lockdown, but Mr Andrews hasn’t ruled out extended it.
“The halfway mark is next Wednesday night,” he said.
“It seems like a long way off because a day in this feels like a month”.