Four reasons Victorians can leave home

Stay-at-home restrictions have been put in place across several COVID-19 hot spots in Victoria, with Premier Daniel Andrews outlining four reasons to leave the house.

The orders will come into force from 11.59pm on Wednesday, with residents only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons.

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These reasons include:

• Going to work or school

• Care or care giving

• Daily exercise

• Buying food and other essentials

“These are the acceptable reasons to leave but only if you need to. It is not an opportunity to go shoe shopping, it is not an opportunity to be taking daily exercise for the whole day,“ Mr Andrews said.

He said this decision was made because of the “unacceptably high rates of community transmission and the unacceptably high rates of new cases”.

It comes as the state continues to struggle with a growing wave of new cases.

Victorians authorities have confirmed the state has recorded 64 new COVID-19 cases overnight.

Four previous cases have been reclassified due to duplications bringing the total number of cases to 2159.

Of the new cases 13 have been linked to outbreaks, 20 have been identified through routine testing and 31 are under investigation.

No new cases have been detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Six new cases are part of the Stamford Plaza outbreak, taking the total number of cases in that outbreak to 29.

All cases were close contacts tested while in quarantine.

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