Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton announced the new stay-at-home restrictions for Mildura on Friday night, noting rules would mirror those in Melbourne excluding the curfew.
The caseload in Mildura has increased in recent days with nine active cases reported in the Local Government Area (LGA) on Friday. At least three new infections will be reported on Saturday.
Regional Victoria saw 113 cases including 18 in Greater Shepparton, 11 in Baw Baw, 10 in Ballarat and seven in Mildura.
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Under the lockdown people can leave if they have one of five reasons:
Shopping for food or essential products
Medical care which includes receiving the vaccine
Providing or receiving compassionate care
Exercise and social interaction
Work and tertiary education (if it cannot be done at home)
Shopping, exercise and outdoor social interaction must remain within 15km from home and masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors.
People can leave home to visit an intimate partner or single social bubble buddy but no other visitors are allowed in the home.
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Outdoor interaction and exercise have been capped at four hours a day. The unvaccinated can meet with just one other person while the vaccinated can gather in groups of four excluding dependents.
Residents will be required to stay within the Mildura Rural City Council area unless they are authorised to leave for work or permitted education, care and compassionate reasons.
Locals have been asked to monitor for symptoms and a rapid response team has been deployed to bolster testing in the region.
The Mildura LGA has seen more than 86 per cent of the population receive their first vaccine and more than 51 per cent have received both doses.
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Mr Sutton urged the community to follow the rules to ensure restrictions could be removed as soon as possible.
“We’ve seen regional communities get through an outbreak so we know it can be done – it’s vital we protect the local community and the rest of regional Victoria from significant outbreaks,” he said.
Meanwhile lockdown will end in Moorabool and Shepparton at 11:59pm on Friday October 8 with the eased restrictions matching those currently in place for the rest of regional Victoria.
While there are still new COVID-19 cases in both LGAs, public health officials have said they are confident “potential growth” has been slowed sufficiently.
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A mask mandate will remain, socialisation in the home is off limits and residents can only leave their regional area for a limited number of reasons.
These include receiving a COVID-19 test, authorised work and permitted education, care and compassionate reasons, visiting an intimate partner, and necessary goods and services.
Moorabool Shire’s jab rates are just ahead of Shepparton’s with single vaccination rates at 91 per cent and double dose rates at 58 per cent.
Greater Shepparton has seen 90 per cent of its population come forward for their first dose and 56 per cent receive two jabs.
The news comes after Victoria reported another pandemic record of 1,838 COVID-19 cases on Friday with Burnet Institute modelling indicating hospitalisations will hit 1,400-2,900 by the end of October.

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