10 July 2020: Detention Directions which ordered the hard lockdowns at nine public housing estates were revoked for all addresses at 11.59pm Thursday 9 July 2020.
The new Directions residents must follow are:
- Stay at Home Directions [DHHS website] and,
- Diagnosed Persons and Close Contacts Directions [DHHS website].
Residents at one address must isolate for 14 days in total:
- 33 Alfred Street North Melbourne
The highest number of cases have been found at 33 Alfred Street, North Melbourne, with at least 53 confirmed cases. This represents around 11 per cent of residents. Given such a high number of positive cases and the unknown source of much of the transmission, our health experts have advised that, just as with an aged care facility, all residents of 33 Alfred Street will be classed as close contacts who must isolate for 14 days in total.
Residents at two addresses move to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions at 5.00pm Thursday 9 July 2020:
- 159 Melrose Street North Melbourne
- 9 Pampas Street North Melbourne
Happily, testing has shown no cases.
Residents at six addresses move to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions at 11.59pm Thursday 9 July 2020:
- 12 Sutton Street North Melbourne
- 76 Canning Street North Melbourne
- 12 Holland Court Flemington
- 120 Racecourse Road Flemington
- 126 Racecourse Road Flemington
- 130 Racecourse Road Flemington
- two weeks of rent relief for all tenants in locked down towers.
- $750 hardship payment will be provided to affected households. Those who get tested will have their payments fast tracked.
- $1500 payments to support workers who are required to self-isolate because they are diagnosed with coronavirus or they are a close contact of a confirmed case but can’t rely on sick leave when missing work.
- Now, we move to making sure we provide wraparound support for people who live at these estates. That includes medical care, mental health supports as well as the basics like food and essentials. Already, we have support staff and social workers onsite to make sure no one is lacking those basic necessities.
4 July 2020: Statement From The Premier Daniel Andrews
- nine public housing estates will be closed and contained effective immediately for at least the next five days. Residents will be required to stay inside their homes. The only people coming in and out will be those providing essential services. Residents will be supported with onsite clinical care, as well as food delivery and care packages.
There is a separate Direction in place for each address. As each Direction may be updated at different times, please read the Directions for your address.
- The purpose of these directions is to address the serious public health risk posed to Victoria by Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). These directions require everyone who ordinarily resides in a Detention Location to limit their interactions with others by restricting the circumstances in which they may leave the premises where they ordinarily reside.
- You will be detained for 14 days from 3:30pm 4 July 2020 to 3:30pm 18 July 2020
- You will be detained for a further period of 10 days if you refuse to be tested for COVID-19
- Your detention will be reviewed at least once every 24 hours to determine whether it continues to be reasonably necessary to eliminate or reduce a serious risk to public health.