Daniel Andrews has announced that the Victorian Government is extending the state of emergency and the state of disaster for a further four weeks.
The move gives the state government extended powers, allowing it to enforce its unprecedented lockdown which includes curfews and tough restrictions.
“That (the state of disaster and state of emergency) underpins all the different rules,” the Premier said in a press conference today.
“It underpins taking those safe and steady steps.”
It comes as the embattled state of Victoria recorded 41 cases today and seven deaths.
Victoria entered a state of emergency on March 16 this year. Unlike the other states of Australia, as Victoria’s cases continued to worsen, the government decided to extend that emergency measure.
Then on August 2, Victoria entered a state of disaster. This enabled its stage four restrictions to be introduced that same day.
Both emergency provisions are set to stay in place until at least October 11. Then they will be reviewed and renewed if necessary.
Victoria’s state of emergency has been extended six times in the last six months.
Mr Andrews said if numbers were kept low the state could open with “real confidence” and keep them low.
“You can open up and stay open,” he said.
“That is what we want and that is what we will deliver.
“That is what we will deliver in regional Victoria and right across metropolitan Melbourne, not bouncing in and out of lockdowns, but making sure that everything that Victorians have given counts for something and delivers us, as I said, a summer that will be like no other.”