Severe disruptions could start in weeks……
He said it was only a matter of time before schools closed across the state and large sporting and cultural events were cancelled.
The Premier also has the ability to declare a state of disaster — like the one that was declared during the bushfires — which Mr Andrews said could give “a broader suite of powers” to control the delivery of services, including public transport.
People can be detained or fined for failing to comply with orders under both a state of disaster and a state of emergency.
Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he and his team decided the “time was right to stand
up” the State Control Centre.
Mr Crisp explained that under the state’s emergency management protocols
there were three tiers of emergency response and the virus was now considered a Tier 2 emergency.
Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said he expected it would be “weeks, rather than months” before the number of person-to-person cases in Victoria prompted authorities to bring in “really disruptive public health measures”.
Dr Sutton said it was possible a state of emergency could be declared under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act, which would give him the power to quarantine groups of people or place areas under social distancing measures.
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