News & Views

16th September 2021

Ballarat in Lockdown

After discovering multiple COVID-19 wastewater detections and exposure sites and four positive cases, the Victorian Government has announced today that the City of Ballarat will enter lockdown from 12:00am 16 September,  for seven days, until 11.59pm on Wednesday, 22 September.

The restrictions will be the same as Metropolitan Melbourne, with the exception of the curfew. For the Ballarat community, there will be only five reasons to leave home: 
•    shopping for necessary goods and services
•    authorised work and study
•    caregiving or compassionate reasons
•    exercise
•    getting vaccinated

Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from your home. If there are no shops within that radius, you can travel to the shops closest to you. Exercise will be limited to just you and one other person, plus dependants if they can’t be left at home.
Playgrounds will remain open for children under 12 but with only one parent or carer and adults should not remove their masks to eat or drink. Playgrounds must have QR codes.

If you have any cold or flu symptoms, get tested immediately. There is a walk-in testing centre at the Ballarat Respiratory Clinic on Dana Street, and a drive through on Skipton Street.