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The world is in a difficult time right now with the coronavirus (COVID-19), making people unsure about what's going on and if we're safe.

Confirmed cases thankfully are dropping in Victoria due to all our hard work, so it's important you stay up-to-date with the changing restriction happening throughout the State.

You need to follow the restrictions so you and your family and friends can stay safe.

Below are the latest Victorian restriction updates.

Metropolitan Melbourne restrictions

Metropolitan Melbourne has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community and public health advice. 

COVIDSafe principles
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Don't go to work if you feel sick or unwell
  • Physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Outdoor activities

Victorian police will have additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions. Fines of up to $10,000 can apply for breaching these restrictions. A fine of $4,957 can be issued to a person who is found to breach the requirement to be self-isolating for a second or subsequent time.

The full list of restrictions can be found here.

Regional Victoria restrictions

Regional Victoria has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in regional Victoria

COVIDSafe principles
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Don't go to work if you feel sick or unwell
  • Physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Outdoor activities

Victorian police will have additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions. Fines of up to $1,600 can apply for breaching these restrictions. A fine of $4,957 can be issued to a person who is found to breach the requirement to be self-isolating for a second or subsequent time.

The full list of restrictions can be found here.

From 11.59pm, Sunday 27 September 2020:

Stay within 5km of your home except for permitted reasons such as work or education if these cannot be done at home

  • 127,000 workers will return to the work place
  • A full list of Business and Industry information can be found here.
  • The curfew is lifted from 5am 28 September but unauthorised indoor/outdoor gatherings will incur a fine of close to $5000
  • Masks and face coverings will continue to be compulsory – ensuring that if we do have to be out, it’s in the safest way possible.
  • Socialising:
    • Up to 5 people from 2 households can meet outdoors in parks etc (not at a home)
    • for a maximum of two hours
    • within 5km of their home
    • (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)
  • Exercising:
    • You can exercise with one other person or members of your household
    • exercise - outdoors, up to two hours per day total, split into a maximum of two sessions.
    • outdoor personal training allowed with up to 2 people per trainer
    • outdoor recreation with 1 other person must be within 5km (includes hiking fishing etc)
    • all sport and recreation facilities are closed
    • outdoor pools open in addition to playgrounds
    • skate parks remain closed
  • Shopping:
    • families and households are able to shop together, but only once a day (it's recommended you don't take the whole family with you)
    • the five-kilometre rule applies
    • There are some common-sense exceptions. If your closest supermarket is further than five kilometres, you can still shop there.
  • People living alone or single parents can nominate one person with whom they can form a ‘single social bubble’. The ‘single social bubble’ allows you to visit each other for social connection.
    • If the person you nominate to be in your bubble lives with other people, you can only visit if they are at home alone. Alternatively, they can visit you at home.
    • Face coverings must be worn during visits.
    • Single parents with dependents (including young children) who cannot be left alone will be allowed to include the dependents in the bubble. 
    • If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you can only form a bubble with someone in metropolitan Melbourne, not regional Victoria.
    • If the person you nominate to be in your bubble lives with other people, you can only visit if they are at home alone. Alternatively, they can visit you at home.
  • Workers who can work away from home are: Frontline responders (with permits) and those in the permitted business categories.
    • These distance, gathering and time limits won’t apply for work, medical care or compassionate reasons.
    • A full list of Business and Industry information can be found here.
  • Health services: there has been a relaxing in some areas such as visiting people in hospital (Full list of restrictions can be found here)
  • Public transport services will be reduced during curfew hours and the Night Network will be suspended. 
  • Funerals up to 10 people (infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral not included in the limit).
  • Weddings: with up to 5 people (include the couple, two witnesses and celebrant)
  • Religion: places of worship closed, outdoor gatherings (not ceremonies) of up to 5 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship, are allowed
  • Childcare will open from 28 September, standalone (sessional) kindergarten programs from Monday 5 October in line with Term 4
  • Schools will see a staged return to face-to-face learning. Primary School students, students in Years 10 – 12 undertaking VCE/VCAL and special schools return in Term 4
  • Apprentices and uni students in their final year of study can attend onsite learning and assessment where necessary
  • Adult education - only onsite for those on permitted list
  • Real Estate: private inspections and online auctions only
  • Pet grooming: retail pet groomers permitted where contactless service can be provided to clients (mobile closed)
  • Entertainment, leisure and travel:

    • travel within Victoria - not allowed, unless for a permitted purpose
    • entertainment - all venues closed
    • accommodation - closed, except for emergency or permitted purposes.

The move to the Third Step can happen on 19 September if :

  • daily average number of cases in the last 14 days is less than 5 state-wide
  • there are less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days (state-wide total)

The time period must pass AND the number of cases must be low enough to move to the next step.This is a trigger point for public health review.  

From 11.59pm, Wednesday 16 September 2020: 

  • Masks and face coverings will continue to be compulsory – ensuring that if we do have to be out, it’s in the safest way possible.
  • Socialising: 
    • leave home - no restrictions on reasons to leave home or distance you can travel (except travel to areas with higher restrictions) but stay safe
    • public gatherings - up to 10 people outdoors
    • visitors to the home - create a ‘household bubble’ with one nominated household allowing up to 5 visitors from that household at a time (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)
    • no curfew in place
  • Exercising: 
    • Outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people aged 18 and younger
    • outdoor non-contact sport only for adults, with gathering and density limits
    • outdoor skateparks open
    • outdoor fitness for groups of 10 people
  • Workers: 
    • work from home if you can
    • A full list of Business and Industry information can be found here.
  • Shopping, personal services, eating and drinking out:

    • hospitality - predominantly outdoor, group limit of 10 and density limits
    • retail - all open, hairdressing and beauty services where a face covering can be worn for the duration of service
    • real estate - private inspections by appointment only, auctions outdoors subject to gathering limits
  • Childcare - open
  • Schools - staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in Term 4 with safety measures in place
  • Adult education - learn from home if you can
  • Funerals up to 20 people (infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral not included in the limit).
  • Weddings: up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant.
  • Religion: outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader, places of worship open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader
  • Entertainment, leisure and travel:

    • travel within Victoria - allowed across all areas in the Third Step (except travel to areas with higher restrictions)
    • entertainment - outdoor venues and events open, subject to pre-approved plans
    • accommodation - open, with caps per the social bubble

Move to the next step can start when:

  • Subject to public health advice, from 23 November if we get to zero new cases state-wide for 14 days, we can move to the Last Step.  

 

 

Wearing masks and face coverings information

If you test positive to COVID-19 and need to take time off work to isolate

There is a one-off $1,500 worker support payment available to support Victorian workers who have to self-isolate. People should call 1800 675 398 (option 8) to register for support. There is also a $300 payment for any worker tested for coronavirus who needs to take time off work while awaiting results.

 

If you feel sick 

Available who shows symptoms of coronavirus, such as breathing difficulties, sore throat, cough, and fever can go for a free test.

  • Get tested if you're not feeling well. Call your local ACCO or the COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 to find out where.
  • Talk with our employer and try to work-from-home for 14 days (if you’re well enough) if you're showing any symptoms of, or have been to exposed to any confirmed persons with COVID-19.
  • Contact your employer and self-isolate for 14 days, if you've just returned from overseas.  
  • Keep-up-to date with the latest COVID-19 information

We're a high-risk group (due to higher rates of pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease) so it's important that if we have coronavirus symptoms - we get tested early.

 

Call your local ACCO or the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 to see where you can get tested.