The chief health officer of Victoria has not ruled out expanding the restriction of Melbourne’s 5 km radius past October 19.
Melburnians are not eligible to drive more than 5kms from their place of residence under the new COVID restrictions.
If the 14-day case average is below five, the next phase of the roadmap is expected to occur on October 19, which will allow Melburnians to have freedom of movement.
But Brett Sutton said it was not yet known, asking whether the 5 km restriction would continue for more than the next two weeks.
“I honestly don’t know. We will examine it at the point when we are there,” he said.
“We will see where the outbreaks transmission is coming from and reflect on the 5km rule with respect to that and the overall picture.”
“Of course, it’s open to change, it’s open to being dropped. It’s open to being extended but we have to come to that closer to the day.”
Sutton also did not rule out the option of expanding the radius to 10 km, saying that all was being considered.
Sutton’s remarks were echoed by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, saying” “nothing can be ruled out.
On Monday, nine new cases in the past 24 hours were confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
No more deaths have been reported and the state’s death toll stands at 806.
In Melbourne, there are 13 mystery cases.