Excerpt from the Premier Daniel Andrew’s statement July 30:-
Today is not a good day.
And as the numbers show, this virus does not discriminate.
It rips through workplaces, sweeps through aged care settings, cuts through communities – and tragically, takes lives with it as it goes.
Most of today’s 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.
Last week, and based on the latest in scientific study, we announced that face coverings would be mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
Today, and in line with the advice of the Chief Health Officer, I can announce that same requirement will apply across regional Victoria.
That means from Sunday 2 August at 11:59pm, a face covering will be mandatory whenever you leave home – and wherever you live.
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.