Victoria recorded 10 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as well as an additional case that will be included in today's numbers.
Schools across the state will close for the duration of the lockdown, as will non-essential retail stores, dining-in service at restaurants and cafes, pools, gyms, hairdressers, beauty services and cultural and entertainment venues such as cinemas, tourism and art galleries. You're allowed to exercise for up to two hours a day with other members of your household, an intimate partner, or one other person who doesn't fit into the prior two categories.
Is childcare open? Childcare and early-learning centres remain open.
Australia's second most populous state Victoria will enter a seven-day lockdown to counter a fast-spreading outbreak in its capital, Melbourne.
As a result of the rapidly evolving COVID situation in Victoria, Hawthorn were exploring their options to charter a flight to ensure the game was able to go ahead, but it appears they've been unsuccessful in their bid to play.
As of Thursday morning, there were 79 exposure sites listed on the Health Department's website, spread across more than 30 Melbourne suburbs and regional Bendigo, Cohuna and Red Hill.
Anyone who arrives from Victoria must comply with the seven-day stay-at-home order and will only be able to leave for essential shopping, medical care, caregiving, outdoor exercise, and essential work or education if this can not be done from home.
The AFL has paused ticket sales for games in round 11 and 12, with the Victorian government yet to make a decision on crowd sizes.
"We've seen overseas what happens if this thing gets away", he said.
Mr Merlino said vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers, would continue to have in-person schooling.
"They have never ever worked as hard, as fast, and as effectively as they are right now. The only pathway through the pandemic is for people to get vaccinated as soon as they're eligible", he said.
A strict lockdown ordered in Victoria past year ran for more than 100 days after an outbreak of more than 20,000 infections and 820 deaths, which accounted for about 70 per cent of cases and 90 per cent of deaths nationwide.
With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramping up in the wake of Melbourne's outbreak, McLachlan refused to force all AFL players to be vaccinated.
"The reason why we are dealing with this outbreak today is because of a hotel breach in South Australia", he said.
"This year we've got more than 5600 tutors as well as our existing teaching staff and other education support staff", he said.
"Experts advised the prime minister to put in place dedicated fit-for-purpose facilities to take the pressure off hotels that were built for tourism, not medical quarantine", he added. The authorities are hoping to break the chain of transmission by imposing this lockdown.