Restrictions have been placed on all non-essential activities and businesses by the State and Federal Governments.
These will be reviewed monthly, but community members should expect these measures to be in place over the next six months.
Public gatherings of people have been restricted to two people (outside of housemates and immediate family). Public boot camps are restricted to two people, including the trainer running the session.
Stage 3 restrictions as of 12.01am, Tuesday, 31 March, will include an on-the-spot fine from Victoria Police for anyone breaching the restriction on public gatherings of more than two people (aside from those in your household).
The Stage 3 restrictions will not apply to workplaces or schools.
Businesses, including pubs, gyms and indoor sporting venues, cinemas, tattoo parlours, massage parlours (except health-related), entertainment venues, casinos and night clubs, beauty therapy outlets, yoga studios, health clubs, wellness centres, places of worship are now restricted from opening.
Cafes and restaurants are permitted to operate, providing takeaway and/or home delivery only.
Essential services, including health services, supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, petrol stations, convenience stores, freight, logistics and home delivery may remain open.
Hairdressers may continue to operate, with one person per four square metre inside the premises.
Events such as weddings and funerals can go ahead, but only if they meet very strict limits on persons attending (five people maximum for weddings – including the couple, celebrant and witnesses, 10 people maximum for funerals).
Read the Prime Minister's statement for more information about Stage 2 restrictions and a full list of businesses affected.