Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton provide the latest COVID-19 news, updates and developments on coronavirus cases and restrictions in a daily press conference.
Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed when Victorians will know about the length of the state’s lockdown extension. Click the link below for more details.
COVID cases update
Tuesday, 31 August:
Locally acquired cases: 76
Mystery cases: 31
Active cases: 841
Tests results received: 50,848
Doses administered: 32,162
Total administered: 2,415,600
Vic COVID exposure sites
A number of venues across Victoria have been listed as COVID-19 exposure sites.
Anyone who has attended a Tier 1 exposure site at the times listed must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Anyone who attended a Tier 2 exposure site at the times listed must get tested and isolate for a negative result.
Latest Melbourne COVID restrictions
The following information has been provided by Victoria’s Department of Health.
Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following local government areas (LGAs):
- Glen Eira
- Greater Dandenong
- Hobsons Bay
- Moonee Valley
- Mornington Peninsula
- Port Phillip
- Wyndham (except little River)
- Yarra Ranges
Residents in those areas will have to abide by Melbourne’s curfew, which has returned until at least 11.59pm on September 2.
The curfew is from 9pm to 5am, which means residents cannot leave their homes between those hours except for:
- authorised work
- health and medical purposes
- care and support of a child or someone with special needs
- in an emergency or to escape harm
Melbourne residents are also subject to a number of other lockdown restrictions.
They have only have five reasons to leave home, including:
- shopping for necessary goods and services
- caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
- authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
- exercise (once a day for two hours)
- to get a COVID-19 vaccination
The 5km radius for exercise or shopping for essentials returns.
Outdoor gatherings are not allowed and schools, cafes, pubs and restaurants will close.
Mask wearing indoors and outdoors is already mandatory under the current rules and home gatherings have been banned since July 15.
Childcare and Early Childhood Care will remain open.
Schools will close, with primary and secondary school students returning to remote learning – except for vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers who can learn on site.
Public playgrounds, basketball hoops, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment will also be closed.
Regional Victoria restrictions
From 1pm on Saturday, 21 August, all of regional Victoria will follow the same lockdown rules as Melbourne, aside from the curfew.
Additionally, a permit system will be introduced for childcare settings, meaning only the children of essential workers or vulnerable children can go to childcare.
Who is at the press conference today?
Premier Daniel Andrews is often at the COVID-19 press conference, but there are various other officials who attend.
CHO Brett Sutton, Health Minister Martin Foley and COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar have also represented the state at the daily press briefing.
Victoria’s Chief Commissioner of Police, Shane Patton, also attends whenever required.
What time is the Vic COVID-19 press conference today?
The press conference generally takes place between 9am-12pm.
However, this can vary.