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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Here's How to Measure What Is Ten Kilometres From Your Home During Melbourne's Extended Lockdown

During Melbourne's second week under stay-at-home conditions, you'll be able to exercise and shop for groceries within ten kilometres of home.
By Libby Curran and Sarah Ward
June 03, 2021
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By Libby Curran and Sarah Ward
June 03, 2021
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Melbourne has been under lockdown for almost a week now, but when 11.59pm hits tonight, Thursday, June 3, one thing is changing. The stay-at-home conditions will remain in place for another week in a bid to contain the northern suburbs outbreak; however, Melburnians will be able to venture further away from home.

Instead of only being permitted to exercise or shop for essentials within five kilometres of your house, you'll now be able to double that distance. If you're currently scrambling to find quick ways to map out your ten-kilometre zone, that's understandable.

While you're probably quite familiar with the five-kilometre patch of land surrounding your house thanks to last year's six-week lockdown (and this year's February lockdown, and the past week), there are a few easy ways to check out your household's government-approved travel radius now that you have more room to play with. But, none have proved quite as popular as KM From Home — a website that originally launched in Ireland back in March, when that country introduced its own travel restrictions — and was jumped on by Melburnians back in August 2020.

The online map is free and easy to use — simply centre it to your address, select a ten-kilometre radius and you'll see a big red or blue bubble encompassing the zone you're free to travel in under the Victorian Government's new rules.

You'll find other radius apps out there as well, including the likes of Map Developers and The Age's tool.

Alternatively, if you've got a Garmin watch, you can download this range warning and it'll alert you when you're closing in on a certain distance from your run's starting point.

Want to check a specific cafe or shopping centre to see if it falls in your ten-kilometre zone? There's a function on the Google Maps app that allows you to measure a distance as the crow flies. On desktop, simply right click on a location on the map, select 'measure distance' and then click anywhere else on the map and it'll show you exactly how far the address is from your starting point.

Under the new rules, you can only exercise once a day for a maximum of two hours with your household members, your intimate partner, or one other person who is not from your household or your partner. And this must all be done within ten kilometres of your home, of course.

You can leave your bubble for permitted work, or if you're shopping for essentials and there are no shops in your radius.

Melbourne's extended lockdown will continue until 11.59pm on Thursday, June 10 — with exercising and shopping for essentials within ten kilometres of your house permitted from 11.59pm on Thursday, June 3. For more information about the rules, head to the Victorian Department of Health website

Images: Km From Home

Published on June 03, 2021 by Libby Curran

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