Victoria’s State of Emergency will be extended again despite more than a month without a new coronavirus case.
The State of Emergency allows the enforcement of Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s directions, including the hotel quarantine scheme.
It was last extended for four weeks on November 8.
However, with that due to expire on Sunday, Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed it would be extended.
He did not say for how long.
It will coincide with a revamped hotel quarantine scheme in the state as international repatriation flights return to Melbourne.
Under the altered scheme, there will be no security guards involved.
The use of private security was largely blamed for errors which caused the second wave.
All staff will be employed or directly contracted by the government with the exception of cleaning staff, who are on fixed-term contracts with Alfred Health.
Hundreds of Victoria Police officers will act as security as well as undertake floor monitoring in “health hotels”, which will house those travellers who test positive to COVID-19.
Australian Defence Force personnel will also support Victoria Police by helping guests on entry and exit, as well as registering staff movements and conducting temperature checks.
About 100 ADF members arrived on Friday afternoon and will begin their training on Saturday.
Arrivals to Victoria will be initially capped at 160 travellers a day.
– with AAP