COVID-19 INFO HUB

Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus (COVID-19) website

State of Disaster

Victoria’s State of Emergency and State of Disaster declarations have been extended from Sunday 13 September until Sunday 11 October 2020.

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

 

Second Step– Metropolitan Melbourne

Over 2,000,000 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.

Victoria continues to work toward reaching a ‘COVID Normal’ as we progress through our ‘roadmap to reopening.’

 

Metropolitan Melbourne has entered the Second Step of the roadmap, as of 11:59pm Sunday 27 September.

Sunday 27 September 2020, 11:59pm

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

  1. Shopping for food or other essential items – no further than 5km from your household (or your closest provider)
  2. To provide caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment (5km limit does not apply)
  3. Work or study- if you cannot do so from home (5km limit does not apply)
  4. To socialise or exercise
  • You can exercise no further than 5km from your household or workplace (with Worker Permit)
  • You can socialise no further than 5km from your household, outdoors (in a public space) with your household members, or up to five people from a maximum of two households
  • 1.5-meter social distancing requirements apply
  • Face coverings must be worn in public
  • A two-hour time limit applies to socialising and exercise, which can be split over two sessions

There is no longer a curfew in place.

You cannot:

  • Have visitors to your home, except for caregiving or compassionate reasons or receiving services (including childcare)
  • Visit friends or family who live in other households, except to see your intimate partner, for caregiving or compassionate reasons, providing services, or within your social bubble
  • 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.

 

Social Bubbles- Metropolitan Melbourne (Second Step)

You can form a social bubble with one other person if you:

  • live alone
  • are a single parent/guardian with children under 18 or you are caring for a person with a disability or illness, under the age of 18

The person you form a social bubble with can visit your home.

You can visit their home, as long as they are home alone.

If the person you form a bubble with has children/dependents then they can bring their children/dependents with them when they visit you, and you can bring your children/dependants (if any) with you when you visit them.

You can only form a bubble with someone who lives in metropolitan Melbourne.

The person you form a bubble with needs to be the same person throughout the first and second steps. The person you form a bubble with can’t form a bubble with someone else.

The 5km distance limit does not apply to your social bubble.

For more information, please see the DHHS website (social bubbles) here.

 

Wearing a Face Covering

Sunday 2 August 2020, 11:59pm

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

Sunday 27 September 2020, 11:59pm

You now need to wear a face mask that fits properly over your nose and mouth. That means face shields, scarves, and bandanas can no longer be used on their own.

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.

 

Third Step- Regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire)

Wednesday 16 September 2020, 11:59pm

Regional Victoria has moved into the Third Step of the roadmap. 

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home
  • No curfew or travel distance limitations apply
  • Stay safe as restrictions ease by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and maintaining a social distance of 1.5m
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors- groups of 10 will be able to meet outdoors
  • Restrictions are easing to allow cafes, restaurants, beauty and personal care, and some outdoor entertainment venues to open- restaurants will open in a predominantly outdoor capacity, with a group limit of 10 people, and density limits
  • You must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for permitted work purposes, care and compassionate reasons or shopping for food and supplies, if necessary

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.