Severity: Critical Alert
Transportation: Victoria authorities expand stay-at-home orders to other areas of Melbourne, Australia, from 2359 July 4. Other measures remain in effect.
- Alert Begins: 04 Jul 2020 07:00 AM UTC
- Alert Expires: 14 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Greater Melbourne (map)
- Start Time/Date: 2359 July 1
- Impact: Movement restrictions, business and flight disruptions, increased security
Victoria authorities plan to expand stay-at-home orders to Flemington and Kensington and North Melbourne from 2359 July 4 due to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The order will prohibit residents from leaving their homes except for seeking or providing medical care, purchasing essential goods, going to work or school, and exercising. Residents in other areas of Melbourne can only travel into affected areas for the same reasons. From 2359 July 4, the restriction will affect the following postcodes through at least July 29:
- 3012: Maidstone, West Footscray, Kingsville, Brooklyn, and Tottenham
- 3021: St Albans, Kealba, Albanvale, and Kings Park
- 3031: Flemington and Kensington
- 3032: Maribyrnong, Ascot Vale, and Travancore
- 3038: Taylors Lakes, Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, and Watergardens
- 3042: Airport West, Niddrie, and Keilor Park
- 3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, and Oak Park
- 3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, and Jacana
- 3051: North Melbourne
- 3055: Brunswick South, West, Moonee Vale, and Moreland West
- 3060: Fawkner
- 3064: Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park, Mickleham, Kalkallo, and Donnybrook
Authorities have also placed at least nine apartment blocks in Flemington, Kensington, and North Melbourne, in strict lockdown through at least July 9 due to significant COVID-19 activity in these residences. No one can leave or enter the buildings during the lockdown period, unless they are residents in these blocks and are returning home. Officials will revert to phase three restrictions for businesses in affected areas. Nonessential companies and venues, such as beauty salons, gyms, and libraries, will close. Restaurants and cafes will remain open but can only offer takeaway and delivery options. Victoria authorities could further expand the measures to more areas in the coming days and weeks.
Police will increase patrols in affected neighborhoods. Officers plan to randomly stop and question drivers and pedestrians to confirm the reason for their travel. Fines are likely.
The Victoria government also requested that Prime Minister Scott Morrison divert international flights from airports in Melbourne (MEL, AVV) due to concerns over quarantine capacity and effectiveness. Since July 1, officials have rerouted inbound flights to other states, effectively halting international flights into Melbourne through at least July 14. The change could lead to some flight cancellations into the city's international airports as passengers book other routes. Passengers will have to undergo quarantine before traveling to Victoria.
Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Stock up on essential supplies. Confirm business appointments in affected areas. Check the status of flights with airlines if flying into Melbourne in the coming weeks.
Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.