The state of emergency has been extended by another four weeks after Victoria has experienced an increase of coronavirus cases.
Designed to slow the spread of the virus, the extension of the state of emergency will continue until the 19th of July following the Victorian government’s re-imposed current restrictions in place capping visitors to households to five people and outdoor gatherings to 10, starting Monday.
On Sunday Victoria reported 19 new infected patients, bringing the state’s 1,836 total confirmed cases, a quarter of the cases in Australia, since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted.
The state’s health minister Jenny Mikakos says “Now is not the time to let our guard down, our coronavirus fight is far from over.”
“Keeping the State of Emergency in place will ensure we have the tools we need to keep Victorians safe.”
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton warns that it is vitally important that Victorians adhere to the physical distancing and isolation requirements, in order to keep community transmissions low.
“We know these restrictions are frustrating, but we can’t get complacent and let the virus get away from us.” Professor Sutton said.
Victorian Police will be out in force conducting spot checks of venues and homes ensuring Victorians are complying with health restrictions.
Individuals caught breaching restrictions could receive on the spot fines of up to $1,652.
Closing their borders in March and April, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, said they would weigh Victoria’s situation before reopening.
By Angus Jones