Most shops apart from supermarkets, pharmacies to shut under stage four

Almost all retailing in Melbourne will be closed under restrictions announced by the state government.

The exemptions from the closures announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday include: supermarkets, grocery, food and liquor shops; Convenience stores; petrol stations; pharmacies; post offices; hardware, building and garden supplies shops retailing for trade; maternity supplies; motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs only.

A long queue forms outside Woolworths supermarket in South Melbourne as customers prepare to stock up on shopping with Melbourne facing tougher stage four lockdown restrictions within days. Credit:Wendy Tuohy

Retailers will also be able to work onsite for the purposes of fulfilling online orders.

Victoria recorded 429 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the state's total to 11,937.

A further 13 people have also died from the virus lifting the death toll to 136.

They include a man in his 60s, two men and a woman in their 70s, two men in their 80s and five women and two men in their 90s.

Eight of the 13 deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

Thirty-six of Monday's Victorian cases are linked to outbreaks and 393 are under investigation.

The number of active cases has risen to 6489, while 5111 people have recovered from the virus.

Thirty-five people are currently in intensive care, with a further 416 in hospital.

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