Victoria recorded one new case of COVID-19 after midnight, resulting in COVID-19 restriction from 6pm on Tuesday. The new case was identified as a contact and is a male in his 60s, who is linked to the Whittlesea outbreak.

Earlier Victoria had recorded no new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as the result had come in late.

The four previous cases of the cluster are from the same family but across two different households in the Whittlesea area in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Following the fifth case, new restrictions have come into effect as officials rush to contain the outreak.

Socialising From 6pm on Tuesday, private gatherings in homes will be limited to five visitors per day and public gatherings will be limited to 30 people.

Mask-wearing Face masks will be worn indoors by everyone over 12, and will be mandatory at all workplaces in Greater Melbourne.  “If you are eating and drinking, if you are at a beauty salon, you need to take your mask for treatment, there are circumstances of course where a mask is taken [off] for a period of time,” Acting Premier James Merlino said.

Schools and workplaces These are to remain open with no changes to existing density rules.

Venues The government will pause a move to lift the density quotient in outdoor spaces and venues to a maximum of 200 people in spaces smaller than 400 sq m.

Weddings and funerals Funerals and weddings in private residences were subject to restrictions, meaning only five guests plus the celebrant and one photographer. For other venues, there would be no change to be existing density quota other than the requirement to wear a face mask when not eating or drinking.

Checking in Victoria QR codes are mandatory.

Travel Victorians will be able to travel to regional Victoria however restrictions will apply to those who travel. For instance, someone visiting regional Victoria from Melbourne will need to wear a face mask when indoors.



The list of Victoria’s potential exposure sites has grown to 10 venues across five suburbs after four members of a Melbourne family tested positive.

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The areas listed as venues of concern on Monday night are as follows:

Tier one exposure sites (get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result):

19 May: Nando’s Epping (Dalton Rd), Epping, 8.30pm-9.20pm
20 May: Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribyrnong, 5pm-8pm
21 May: Jump Swim School, Bundoora, 8.55am-10am
22 May:  Woolworths Epping North, Epping, 4.45pm-5.45pm

Tier two (get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result)

18 May: Shell Coles Express Reservoir, Reservoir, 3.15pm-4.15pm
21 May: BT Connor Reserve, Reservoir, 8pm-11.30pm
22 May: Epping North Shopping Centre, Epping, 4.45pm-5.50pm
22 May: House and Party shop, Epping, 5.15pm-5.50pm
23 May: Futsal Brunswick, Brunswick, 9am-10am
23 May: Urban Diner Food Court, Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, Epping, 1.15pm-2.30pm

Professor Brett Sutton said he believed the child of the family who tested positive had been part of a swimming class on 21 May at the Jump! Swimming School.


Victoria introduced new hotel quarantine measures on Tuesday. International flights resumed after being banned mid-February following Victoria’s snap five-day lockdown linked to cases at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport hotel where a more virulent UK strain of the virus leaked from the quarantine system.

South Australian authorities imposed fresh border restrictions in response to the cluster of four COVID-19 have imposed fresh border restrictions in response to a cluster of four coronavirus cases detected in Melbourne.

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