Victorians worried about moving through stage four restrictions were advised they ‘re already in it effectively.
Saturday, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the introduction of compulsory masks in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire was “effectively our fourth stage”
It came as another 357 cases of coronavirus were reported in the state.
Professor Brett Sutton, chief health officer, said that further regulations might not be as successful as some say.
“People have talked about stage four and a broader shutdown but the very places where we are seeing outbreaks, the very places where we are seeing transmission, are the places that would remain open if we went to a stage four sectoral shutdown,” he said.
Age care homes, hospitals and food processing plants are among those businesses that are currently experiencing high levels of transmission to the community.
However, three consecutive weeks of triple-digit daily case rises are also approaching as well.
“The halfway mark is next Wednesday night,” Andrews said.
“It seems like a long way off because a day in this feels like a month.”
Sutton says there is “no magic bullet”.
“We won’t see zero in the next couple of weeks,” he said, referencing the daily increase in cases.