Victorian coronavirus restrictions tighten for New Year's Eve gatherings after recording more cases

Victorian coronavirus restrictions tighten for New Year's Eve gatherings after recording more cases

Victoria has recorded a further three local cases of COVID-19 on top of the three cases announced last night.

The Victorian Acting Premier Jacinta Allan has announced new coronavirus restrictions from 5:00pm tonight (31st) , which will limit indoor gathering sizes to 15 and make mask use indoors mandatory. That meant people who had planned New Year's Eve gatherings for tonight based on the existing limit of 30 guests would need to reduce their numbers.

"We do apologise to people who have put plans in place, who was looking forward to having events in their home, or in other people's homes, but this is a necessary step," she said.

The state's testing chief Jeroen Weimar said the three new cases are close contacts of yesterday's positive cases.

The three cases yesterday were all linked to the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant in Black Rock on December 21. A returned traveller from NSW also attended the restaurant that day.

A number of major retail outlets at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre on the morning of Boxing Day have been included in exposure sites.

Mr Weimar said the two exposure sites of "real concern" are the Thai restaurant, and the parishioners and congregation at the Holy Family Parish Church at Doveton on December 26.

If anyone visited any of the locations listed below during the date indicated for the next 14 days you must get tested and isolate until you get a negative result.

  • Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant at Black Rock on December 21
  • Century City Walk and Mocha Jo's in Glen Waverley between 1:30pm and 5:00pm on December 28
  • Katialo restaurant in the Eaton Mall at Oakleigh between 7:00pm and 8:15pm on December 28
  • Mentone/Parkdale Beach at Mentone between 10:00am and 4:30pm on December 27
  • Holy Family Parish Doveton between 4:00pm and 6:00pm on December 26
  • Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts and Lacoste stores at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre on December 26 between 9:00am and 11:00am