Destinations

Victorian government confirms seven-day statewide lockdown as COVID-19 outbreak worsens

The Victorian government has announced a snap lockdown for the entire state following another increase in new COVID cases.

At a press conference this morning Victoria’s acting Premier, James Merlino, said the lockdown will start at 11:59pm tonight and last for seven days.

Victoria recorded 11 new coronavirus cases overnight, taking the state’s total to 26 cases.

 

The list of exposure sites across Victoria has ballooned to 80 and now includes venues and businesses in Mordialloc, Carnegie, Burwood East, and Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.

The lockdown means the AFL’s top-of-the-table clash between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne tomorrow night may not go ahead.

South Australia went early in closing its border to Greater Melbourne last night, and the Northern Territory has declared metro Melbourne and Bendigo as hotspots, meaning any travellers who have visited these areas will have to quarantine.

Queensland has declared the city of Whittlesea a hotspot, but is yet to make any new border announcements.

Restrictions are in place for travellers to NSW who have visited exposure sites in Greater Melbourne, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian urging the state’s residents to avoid unnecessary travel to Victoria.

All arrivals in Western Australia from Victoria are being tested within 48 hours and self-quarantining until they return a negative result, but Premier Mark McGowan has warned stricter border controls could come into play for the state.

The ACT is banning travellers who have been to a close contact exposure location in Greater Melbourne from entering the territory without an approved exemption prior to arrival.

Travellers to Tasmania who have visited an exposure site in Greater Melbourne are not allowed to enter the state unless they are approved as an essential traveller.

New Zealand paused quarantine-free travel to and from Victoria earlier this week in response to the state’s COVID outbreak.

More to come.


Featured image source: iStock/bgblue

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

WA, South Australia and New Zealand shut out NSW travellers

Sydney’s COVID situation is starting to get dicey, with some very tight restrictions coming into play both near and far.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Virgin announces massive competition encouraging Aussies to get vaccinated

Rumour has it Rex is also mulling an incentive out of fear that anti-vaxxers boycotting both Qantas and Virgin will swarm its flights.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Holland America Line cancels 2021 Aussie cruises

The line is the latest Carnival Corp subsidiary to pull the plug on Aussie cruises for this year.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Have you registered for Travel DAZE 2021? It’s free, but spaces are limited!

While you’ve still got time to register your attendance, we highly recommend doing so ASAP to avoid disappointment!

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Accor partners with IGLTA to promote LGBTQ+ tourism year-round

The hotel giant is extending its Pride Month festivities into a full-time commitment celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with W Hotels’ Craig Seaward

This week, the GM of W Sydney showed us how to make “toad in the hole”. We politely declined to eat the monstrosity.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Virgin Australia renews GDS agreement with Sabre, resumes Melbourne services and drops flight sale

We’re spoiling you on Travel Weekly today with a triple treat of news from Virgin.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Luxury Escapes unveils $200m vaccine incentive to reopen Australia to the world

The online travel company has gone CRAZY BIG with its vaccine incentive in the hope it will help reopen Australia’s international borders.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas boss Alan Joyce the most mentioned CEO in Aussie media (with Jayne and Skroo not far behind)

This CEO list is a little bit on the predictable side, and not just because it’s full of white, middle-aged men.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

AFL legend Kevin Sheedy narrates a ‘Love Letter to Victoria’

Sheeds has shown his tender, caring side with a heartfelt letter to his home state.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

“You never felt alone”: Here’s how this Melbournian agent got through (another) lockdown

by Sponsored by MTA - Mobile Travel Agents

There is a common misconception that home-based agents are cut off from their trade community, but this agent reckons that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

“We have missed Australians so much”: Bali aims for herd immunity and open borders by July

Sellers of silk batiks and Bintang singlets are hurriedly getting their stalls ready, with Bali preparing to reopen to international tourists “within weeks”.

Share

CommentComments