COVID-19 INFO HUB
Through this pandemic, the advice to Victorians has remained the same: stay home.
As we gradually ease restrictions in Victoria, the message is: stay safe.
- Continuing to practice social distancing
- Practicing appropriate hygiene precautions
- Avoiding crowds
- Staying at home
- Getting tested if you are unwell
- Working from home
If you are able to work from home, you must do so. If we can limit the number of people moving around the state, we can protect those who do have to go to work.
An obligation for employers to keep their staff working from home is now included in the Directions of the Chief Health Officer, available here.
State of emergency
On 31 May 2020, Premier Dan Andrews and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos, announced that Victoria’s State of Emergency will be extended for three weeks, until 11:59pm, 21 June 2020, to help slow the spread of coronavirus and keep Victorians safe as we gradually ease restrictions.
This will allow officers authorised by the Chief Health Officer to act to eliminate or reduce a serious risk to public health by detaining people, restricting movement, preventing entry into premises, issuing fines or any other reasonable directions to protect public health.
Please see the Premier’s full media release (31 May) here.
Gradual easing of restrictions
Over 420,000 Victorians have been tested since the first of January, 2020, and this important work still continues.
The goal of the Victorian Government is to test an additional 150,000 Victorians by the end of May.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), call the coronavirus hotline (1800 675 398) for assistance and please get tested.
Low rates of community transmission and high rates of continued testing have given the Victorian Government confidence to announce a plan for the gradual easing of restrictions in the coming months.
25 May 2020, 11:59pm
Schools will return to face-to face learning. Playgrounds, communal outdoor gym equipment and skateparks will also re-open, subject to the gathering limit of 10 people.
31 May 2020, 11:59pm
In line with advice of the Chief Health Officer, Premier Dan Andrews has announced further easing of restriction measures, effective 11:59pm, 31 May 2020. Please see the Premier’s full media release here.
From this time, gatherings will be permitted to increase to 20 people, including:
- Private gatherings in private residences (including members of the household)
- Indoor and outdoor public gatherings
- Weddings (plus celebrant and couple)
- Private worship or small religious ceremonies (plus those required to undertake the ceremony)
- Funerals will increase to 50 people (plus those required to conduct the funeral)
- Personal services
- Sport and recreation
Physical distancing requirements (1.5m) and patronage limitations still apply as we gradually ease restrictions in Victoria.
Further changes will be made, effective 11:59pm, 21 June 2020 in line with the most up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer.
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:
- Latest coronavirus (COVID-19) information
- Business Victoria
- Closures and Restrictions
- Business Victoria coronavirus hotline (13 22 15)
Your rights at work:
Consumer and Tenancy advice:
- Lifeline (Phone 13 11 14)
- Beyond Blue (Phone 1300 22 46 36)
- Kids Helpline (Phone 1800 55 1800)
- 1800RESPECT family violence counselling service (Phone 1800 737 732)
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.
Stay healthy and safe during this crisis and remember to wash your hands.