During the duration of the stage 4 lockout, several shops, including department stores such as Kmart and Target, will be closed in Melbourne under strict new regulations to be revealed today by the Victorian Premier Dan Andrews.
News.com.au has reported that for six weeks most of the stores will be shut down – with the exception of vital facilities such as supermarkets and hospitals – in a move that is expected to cause thousands of job losses and stand down.
The state is battling a crippling second wave of infections with coronavirus that sent Melbourne into an unprecedented shutdown and saw regional Victoria take tougher action.
Senior government sources have disclosed in a surprise move that the Andrews government is now considering plans to require Bunnings to remain open exclusively to trade customers.
For some situations where they have a supermarket or a bank, Westfield shopping centres will be open, but most stores will be closed for the duration of the lockout.
During the day ministers in the Victorian government were in crisis talks regarding the specifics of workplace reforms.
Today 429 new infections are expected to be identified by health authorities in Victoria. In the state already more than 11,500 cases have been reported.
Woolworths has also reintroduced purchasing caps on at least 50 products, including meat, fish and dairy products, in Victorian stores.
Of frozen vegetables, frozen potatoes, frozen fruit, fish , poultry, prepackaged beef sausages, prepackaged burger patties, rissoles and meatballs from the meat department a two packet limit per customer remains in place.
Also limited are eggs, flour, rice , sugar, hand sanitizer, long-shelf milk, meat and paper towels.