What the new lockdown means for regional Victoria

From 1pm today, regional Victoria will join Melbourne in a statewide lockdown.

Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement this morning, less than three hours ahead of the announced shutdown.

It follows Victoria recording 77 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 16 in the regional centre of Shepparton.

Here's everything you need to know.

People have COVID-19 tests at the Shepparton Sports Precinct in October 2020.

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Am I allowed to leave home?

The five-reasons rule has returned statewide until at least 11.59pm on September 2.

From 1pm, people can only leave home for essential shopping, for exercise within 5km of their home with at most one other person and dependents, to provide or receive care, to get vaccinated, or to attend essential work or education if it cannot be done from home.

No visitors will be permitted to homes.

However, regional Victoria will not share Melbourne's curfew rule.

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Can we gather outside?

Exercise outdoors is limited to one excursion for two hours per day, with a maximum of one other person, or with any dependents if they cannot be left at home.

It must also take place within 5km of your home.

Playgrounds, basketball hoops, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment will be closed.

Are masks mandatory?

Masks will be mandatory if you're not at home, indoors or outdoors, including at work and at high schools.

Mr Andrews said health advice had been updated to push the use of facemasks for primary-school-aged children if possible.

Health authorities said people outdoors were not allowed to remove their mask to drink any alcoholic beverage.

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What will be open?

Only essential workers will be able to attend their workplaces, necessitating numerous closures across the state.

The essential businesses list will mirror that in place for Melbourne.

Essential workers will need a permit to attend their workplace, but there will be a "grace period" for them to obtain one until 11.59pm on Monday.

The construction industry will also be subject to workforce limits from 1pm today, with Mr Andrews saying the government would be working with those businesses.

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