Victoria's State of Emergency and Disaster extended.
Victoria's State of Emergency and State of Disaster has been extended for another four weeks.
On Sunday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced both the State of Disaster and State of Emergency will be continued and will now end at 11.59pm on October 11.
"It underpins all the different rules. It underpins taking those safe and steady steps," said the Premier.
Victoria entered a State of Disaster on August 2 tocoincide with stage four restrictions. It was bought in on top of the State of Emergency.
Lisa Neville, Minister for Police and Emergency Services said the State of Disaster won't be in place "a moment longer than it needs to be".
"We are at a critical point right now. And we have to do everything we can to hold onto the gains we've made, which means giving Victoria Police everything they need to enforce the Chief Health Officer's directions as we keep driving down cases," she said.
During this pandemic, the state of emergency has granted the Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton significant power to restrict people’s movements to slow the spread of COVID-19. From mandatory face coverings to ordering the closure of non-essential services, the State of Emergency is the 'legal instrument' that allows these restrictions to take place.
Seven deaths and 41 new COVID cases in Victoria.
Victoria has recorded seven more deaths and 41 news cases of coronavirus, as metropolitan Melbourne remains in stage four lockdown for the next two weeks.