The public health teams have significant concerns about onward transmission in the Latrobe Valley and have determined that the seven-day lockdown is needed to limit growth in cases, as it did in Ballarat and Geelong.

You cannot leave your home other than for one of the six following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services (once per day, one person per household)
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent outdoors socialising in limited groups)
  • outdoor social interaction in limited groups (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent on exercise)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary)

Masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors.

Locals are asked to be on high alert for symptoms and get tested if any develop. A rapid response testing team has been deployed to provide support for the testing site at the indoor sports stadium on Ashby St in Traralgon, and additional resources will be provided to boost capacity and extend opening hours.

This testing centre is in addition to testing sites at the Australian Clinical Labs on Grey Street in Traralgon, the Latrobe Respiratory Clinic on Princes Drive in Morwell, the Dorevitch Pathology Drive Through site at Latrobe Regional Hospital, and the Moe Senior Citizens’ Centre on Langford Street. Testing capacity will also be boosted in Baw Baw and Bass Coast.

For more information on the lockdown restrictions that will be in place in the City of Latrobe at 11:59pm tonight, please visit How we live: metropolitan Melbourne and some areas of regional Victoria.