Metropolitan Melbourne FAQs
What suburbs are in the Melbourne metropolitan area?
Metropolitan Melbourne includes the local government areas of Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra, Yarra Ranges.
What are the stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne?
- You must not leave your home between 8pm and 5am. The only exceptions are for those working or travelling to work, and those giving or receiving care.
- At all other times you can only leave your home for work or study, to get essential supplies, for medical or care-giving, or for daily exercise, but must stay within five kilometres of your home.
- Rules apply to shopping and exercise: Only one person from a household can shop for essentials, no more than once a day, and they must remain within five kilometres of home. Daily exercise is allowed for two hours a day, with only one other person, and within five kilometres of home. Two people or a household can meet outdoors for up to two hours.
- Chief health officer Brett Sutton has clarified that Melburnians are allowed to drive to an exercise spot such as a park or beach as long as it is within five kilometres of their home.
What retail outlets are open in Melbourne during stage 4?
The following retail outlets remain open: Supermarkets, fresh food markets, grocery shops, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, convenience stores, butchers, bakers, fruit and vegetable shops, post offices, newsagents, maternity suppliers, building and garden businesses supplying for trade, vehicle parts suppliers for emergency repairs, locksmiths, laundries and dry cleaners.
What retail outlets are closed in Melbourne?
All ‘non-essential’ retail including hardware and department stores. Customers can continue to order online, and collect pre-ordered goods from some retailers. Retailers can work on-site to fulfil online orders. Hairdressers and car washes are also closed. (See also: How to protect your property during the COVID-19 crisis.)
They join the stage-three closures of eateries, bars and nightclubs, beauty salons, cinemas, galleries, museums, zoos, theatres, concert halls, sports centres, gyms, pools, places of worship and libraries.
Can I visit my partner if we don’t live together? Can I have other guests at home?
You can visit an intimate partner, and those living alone and single parents with children under 18 are allowed to have one nominated visitor to visit them in their home. The five-kilometre rule does not apply to these two situations. Otherwise no guests are allowed in homes.
Can I still get a takeaway meal or buy alcohol?
Restaurants and cafes are allowed to open for takeaway and delivery only. Bottle shops remain open.
Are recreational activities like fishing and golf allowed?
Recreational activities including golf, fishing, tennis, boating and organised sport are not permitted.
What about weddings, funerals and religious services?
Weddings are not permitted (exemptions may be allowed on compassionate grounds). Funerals may proceed with up to 10 participants allowed, plus those conducting the ceremony.
Are schools and childcare open in Melbourne?
All Victorian school students at all year levels are now remote learning from home until at least the start of term four, with exceptions for children of essential workers and vulnerable students. Childcare is closed in metropolitan Melbourne, with exceptions for vulnerable children and those of essential workers.
What about auctions?
Auctions must be held remotely, with open for inspections by appointment only. (More: How to buy and sell property in a pandemic.)
Can I go to my holiday house?
Those living in metropolitan Melbourne must stay in their principal place of residence and may not ride out the lockdown in a holiday house.
Do I need to wear a face mask?
Face coverings are now mandatory when outside the home for all Victorians aged 12 or above. Anyone not complying can be fined $200.
Acceptable coverings include surgical masks and cloth masks, as well as scarves, bandanas or other materials, offering some barrier to droplets that may carry the virus. Check out our ultimate guide to face masks for everything you need to know about how to wear and remove masks properly, as well as how to make your own.