Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he needed to take drastic action to drive down COVID-19 cases or the state would have faced face another six months of restrictions and lockdowns.
Under new stage four restrictions which will be in place in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire from tonight, shopping will be limited to one person-per-household-per-day and within five kilometres of the individual’s place of residence.
Exercise will be limited to two people per group, once a day.
The measures will be in place for six weeks.
“You will be able to have one hour of exercise, no further than 5km from your home,” Mr Andrews said.
“That means it's fresh air. It's a jog. It's a walk. It's in your local neighbourhood.
“It is staying close to home or in your home. And there will no longer be able to be groups.”
From 8pm on Sunday, Melbourne residents will be placed under a strict curfew and will face a $1652 fine if they breach this restriction.
Premier Andrews said the ADF will help enforces these measures.
"We have many hundreds of ADF personnel currently assisting with roadblocks, stopping people from metropolitan Melbourne unnecessarily travelling into regional Victoria and vice-versa," he said.
They are working side-by-side with Victoria Police who are in many different parts of the city.
“This is what this strategy is all about. We’ve avoided the worst-case scenario. Now we have to get to the COVID normal and get there as quick as we possibly can.”
The move comes after Victoria recorded 671 novel coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours- the second highest number since Thursday’s 723.
Mr Andrews confirmed seven more Victorians have died due to the disease.