The record high 723 new Coronavirus cases in Victoria today has brought with it new restrictions including all Victorians required to wear a face covering when leaving the home from Sunday night.
In line with the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer from Sunday, August 2 at 11:59pm, a face covering will be mandatory for all regional Victorians whenever you leave home – and wherever you live.
“Most of today’s (Thursday, July 30) cases are in metro areas. But we have seen a significant jump in regional communities. It’s vital we stop this virus further seeping into regional Victoria,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“Last week, and based on the latest in scientific study, we announced that face coverings would be mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
“I understand this will a big step for some. But by covering your face, you’re protecting your community, and protecting those extra freedoms your community enjoys.
“By covering your face, you’re keeping local businesses open, and keeping local people in work.
“There are, unfortunately, other changes we need to make.
“As challenging as it is, these changes are fundamentally about protecting the people you love.
“Reflecting today’s numbers, we’ll continue to look at workplaces – how and what and where more can be done to protect workers, their families and their communities.
“I understand that many Victorians will be feeling equal parts frustrated, tired and sad. I am too.
“We’re clearly a long way from where we wanted to be.
“By covering your face, you’re contributing to the safety of every single Victorian.
“Day by day, decision by decision – we can get on top of this.
“But we need your help.”