Victoria's state of disaster declaration and Melbourne's hard lockdown will help secure the border with NSW and curb the spread of coronavirus into the state, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says.
STAGE FOUR BUSINESS CLOSURES AND CHANGES FOR MELBOURNEOPEN FOR ON-SITE WORK WITH COVID SAFE PLAN:* Supermarkets and grocery stores including liquor shops* Fuel retailers* Pharmacies* Post offices* Hardware, building an garden supplies for trade* Specialist stationery for business use* Maternity supplies* Motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs* Locksmiths* Laundry and dry cleaners* Farms* Commercial fishing* Vet clinics, pounds and shelters* Construction of critical infrastructure and services to support those projects* Critical repairs to residential premises where required for emergency or safety* Cafes and restaurants for takeaway* Newspaper and magazine publishing, radio, television and online broadcast* Bank branches* Critical service call...
A state of disaster has been declared in Victoria, with harsh COVID-19 restrictions on movement across Melbourne and an overnight curfew to be enforced by police.
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS* Another three Victorians and one NSW man have died, bringing the national death toll to 201.
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