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Melbourne will remain in lockdown for a further seven days, with only small changes to current restrictions, in response to the latest outbreak and fears over transmission via “fleeting contact”.

Health authorities said it is possible changes will be made to restrictions in regional Victoria if there are no cases or spread of exposure sites over the next 24 hours.

This is a rolling story that will be updated as we get new information so please come back to check on the latest rules.

Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino has announced changes to Victoria’s restrictionsCredit:Simon Schluter

Acting Premier James Merlino said the rules will apply to people who have been vaccinated.

Education and childcare

Students in years 11 and 12, and students who are undertaking a unit 3/4 VCE or VCAL subject, will return to the classroom on Friday.

All schools could re-open in regional areas under the proposed easing of restrictions from Friday.

Masks

Mask-wearing will remain mandatory indoors and out in Melbourne, but in regional areas proposed changes include the wearing of masks outside only when physical distancing isn’t possible.

Travel limits

The five-kilometre limit for exercise and shopping for supplies in Melbourne will be increased to 10 kilometres.

Work

A number of outdoor jobs will be added to the authorised worker list, with things like landscaping painting, installing solar panels or letterboxing will be allowed, but with restrictions, including mask-wearing.

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