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COVID-19 Info sheet

State of Disaster

On 02 August 2020, Premier Dan Andrews announced that Victoria will enter a State of Disaster to help slow the spread of coronavirus and keep Victorians safe.

This will give police officers additional powers to act to eliminate or reduce a serious risk to public health.

Please see the Premier’s full media release (02 August) here.

 

Stage 4 Restrictions- Melbourne

 Over 1,600,000 Victorians have been tested since the first of January 2020, and this important work still continues.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), call the coronavirus hotline (1800 675 398) for assistance and please get tested.

High rates of community transmission have resulted in the decision of the Victorian Government to enact Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne, for a period of 6 weeks.

Sunday 02 August 2020, 6:00pm

In line with advice of the Chief Health Officer, Premier Dan Andrews has announced the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne effective 6:00pm, 02 August 2020.

If you live in Melbourne, there are only four reasons to leave:

  1. Shopping for food or other essential items – only one person per household, per day, no further than 5km from your household (unless your closest supermarket is beyond this distance limit)
  2. For exercise- with a limit of one other person, no further than 5km from your household
  3. To provide caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  4. Study or work- if you cannot do so from home
AN 8:00PM-5:00AM CURFEW APPLIES

(Excluding for work, medical or caregiving purposes)

You cannot:

  • Have visitors to your home, except for caregiving or compassionate reasons or receiving services
  • Visit friends or family who live in other households, except to see your intimate partner, or for caregiving or compassionate reasons, or providing services
  • Travel outside of the four listed reasons

For business restrictions, please visit our COVID-19 Business Support Page

Please visit the Victorian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions page and the DHHS coronavirus restriction levels page for further details.

 

Wearing a Face Covering

Sunday 02 August, 11:59pm

Face coverings will need to be worn by all Victorians aged 12 and above when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.

Children aged two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

  • Face coverings are mandatory for those aged 12 and above, unless an exemption applies (such as professional or medical reasons)
  • If you are in the car alone or with a member of your household, you do not have to wear a face covering until you exit the car
  • If you are driving for work purposes (such as deliveries) or with members outside of your household, you must wear a face covering
  • You do not have to wear a face covering whilst undertaking strenuous exercise (jogging, running, cycling). You must wear a face covering when walking
  • Fines for not wearing a mask will be $200

For further information on wearing face masks, please visit the DHHS ‘Face masks’ page and see the latest DHHS restrictions (02 August).

Please see the Premier’s full media release (02 August) here.

 

Stage 3 Restrictions- Regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire)

The risk of high rates of community transmission have resulted in the decision of the Victorian Government to enact Stage 3 ‘Stay Home’ restrictions in regional Victoria.

Wednesday 05 August 2020, 11:59pm

In line with advice of the Chief Health Officer, Premier Dan Andrews has announced the enactment of Stage 3 ‘Stay Home’ restrictions in regional Victoria, effective 11:59pm, 05 August 2020.

 *Stage 3 restrictions already currently apply to the Mitchell Shire

If you live in regional Victoria- there are only four reasons to be out

  1. Shopping for food or other essential items
  2. To provide caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  3. For exercise (outdoors, with only one other person or members of your household)
  4. Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

Additional restrictions apply:

  • You cannot have visitors to your home except for caregiving or compassionate reasons or receiving services
  • You cannot visit friends or family who live in other households, except to see your intimate partner, or for caregiving or compassionate reasons, or providing services
  • You cannot travel outside of the four listed reasons
  • Residents of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire cannot travel to attend a wedding or hold a wedding (even if the booking has already been made) outside of these restricted areas

For business restrictions, please visit our COVID-19 Business Support Page

Please visit the Victorian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions page and the DHHS coronavirus restriction levels page for further details.

For a full list of testing sites, please visit the DHHS ‘Where to get tested’ page.

Further changes will be made, subject to the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

 

Further information

We are working to update our website as new announcements related to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria are made, to provide you the most up-to-date information and resources if you need assistance during this time.

For educators, parents and teachers: visit our Learning during COVID-19 page

For Business Support: visit our Business Support Page

 

Useful contacts and links

If you are feeling symptoms, or are in need of an emergency relief package: Victorian Coronavirus Hotline (1800 675 398)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates:

Employment information:

Your rights at work:

Consumer and Tenancy advice:

Wellbeing support:

Please remember that during this crisis, wait times for hotlines can be long. Please remain patient. If you require assistance via a hotline, please remain on hold and keep trying.

 

We’re in this together

It is important to keep in mind that the current COVID-19 situation is constantly changing. Keeping up-to-date with announcements and requirements is essential at this time.

To keep up-to-date with the most accurate and timely information, please install the VicEmergency App on your Apple or Android device and follow Premier Dan Andrews on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also follow Danielle Green on Facebook and Instagram.

Stay healthy and safe during this crisis and remember to wash your hands.