The state of Victoria on Sunday (August 2) imposed the nightly curfew for the capital Melbourne as part of the country's harshest movement restrictions to date to contain a resurgent COVID-19.
The curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day will be in place for six weeks, barring the city's nearly five million people from leaving their houses except for work or to receive or give care.
Supermarkets will remain open, and restaurants, already closed for dining in, will be able to continue with their takeaway and delivery services.
But some businesses that previously had not been forced to close will be asked to shut down. More details are expected to be announced on Monday.