Moorabool locals will no longer be able to visit friends in their homes – or host friends themselves – as of 11.59pm tonight (Thursday) – and from Sunday, all regional Victorians must wear face coverings outside.

Daniel Andrews singled out the shire – along with Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Surf-Coast, Colac-Otway and Queenscliffe.

“You cannot visit friends – and they cannot visit you,” the Premier said in a media conference this morning.

“Hospitality venues though, will be able to stay open. I know that sounds counter-inituitive.”

He said COVID19 data showed the vast majority of transmissions were through visitors to people’s homes – rather than people using shops, cafes or hotels.

From midnight Sunday, the Premier said every country Victorian would have to wear a face covering outside the home.

“Many many people in regional Victoria are already wearing masks,” Mr Andrews said.

“These decisions are based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

“The numbers are low in regional Victoria and we want to jealously guard that.

“These steps – wearing masks and no visitors – are low-cost but will have a high impact.

“If we didn’t have these community transmissions and these mystery cases in that corridor, we wouldn’t have to do this.”

It comes as Victoria sees a new daily record of 723 fresh COVID19 cases.

Thirteen people have died in the last 24-hours.

There are 312 Victorians battling COVID19 in hospital, including 34 in intensive care.

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Posted by Ballarat Health Services on Monday, 27 July 2020

## In the last 24 hours, Victoria Police have issued 88 fines to people breaching the Chief Health Officer’s advice – including 11 at checkpoints.

At one checkpoint, four passengers from the Wyndham area were slapped with fines after telling police their reason fior travelling was to go fishing in Geelong.

Twenty six people were fined for failing to wear a face covering. Police said some were offered masks but still refused to wear them.

## Meanwhile a University of Western Australia study has found COVID19 is changing the way Australians travel, as they become more digitally-focusse.

It found the pandemic had led to a rise in walking and cycling. Less than 10 per cent of people surveyed had used public transport during lockdown.

## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

Until 28 July 2021, Worksafe must be notified on 13 23 60 when employers or self-employed people become aware of a confirmed diagnosis in the workplace.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton, open 10.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

People can also book a test at Darley Medical Centre on 5367 5000.

A clinic has also been set up at Ballarat Senior Citizens Centre, 16 Little Bridge Street – open 9am-2pm 7-days. Bookings: 1800 154 172.

The National Coronavirus Health Information line is 1800 020 080.

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  1. I think its time to get tougher penalties going ,these new restrictions still will only be obeyed by the ones that are doing the right thing now ,these idiots crossing boarders wrongfully and bragging about there quest at bunnings etc is WRONG need to make an example and deter others then we may get on top of it

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