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. What we do know however is that coronavirus is a new kind of virus that is spreading across many Communities in Australia. It can make some people very sick and can lead to severe illness, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia or death.
Easing of restrictions in Victoria
- Social distancing and hygiene still to be practised & remain important.
- Remember to stay home if you feel unwell, and if you have symptoms of coronavirus you should get tested.
From Monday 22 June
- If you’re working from home, you must keep working from home until the end of June.
- You can have a total of 5 people visit your home
- Outdoor gatherings of 10.
- Overnight stays can resume at private homes & in paid accommodation. This will also apply to campgrounds & caravan parks – but not with communal facilities like kitchens or bathrooms.
- Up to 20 people allowed at weddings – plus the celebrant & couple
- Up to 20 people allowed at a funeral, in addition to those required to conduct the ceremony.
- Up to 20 will be allowed at other religious ceremonies, in addition to those required to perform the service.
- Libraries, youth centres & other community facilities will be able to open with no more than 20 people in a single area, plus those needed to operate the space. That means men’s sheds & arts & crafts classes can resume.
- Entertainment & cultural venues like galleries, museums, drive-in cinemas & historic sites, zoos & outdoor amusement parks. Physical distancing & a limit of up to 20 patrons per space will apply, & indoor venues will be required to keep customer contact details.
- Swimming pools will also open with limits of 20 people.
- Community sporting activities will also be permitted with up to 20 people in undivided spaces, provided the sport is outdoors, non-competition, non-contact, & people are able to play 1.5 metres apart. Restrictions on professional sport will remain unchanged.
- Beauty & personal care services like nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours will be able to open with up to 20 customers per space.
- Auctions & open-for-inspections will also be subject to the 20-person limit – plus those required to conduct the activity.
- Non-food & drink market stalls will also be able to open.
There will be a review of these on 12 July.
Things we must continue to do, to keep ourselves safe:
- Wash your hands with soap fro 20 seconds or use an alcohol based gel
- Sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (don't forget to bin the tissue immediately)
- Try not to touch your face
- Practice social distancing by staying 1.5m from people you don't live with (this is a tricky one)
- Stay home if you're sick
- Avoid touching things outside of your home with your hands that everyone else touches (like traffic light buttons and light switches)
- Make sure you stay in touch with family and friends online if you don't live with them
- Check on your Elders online, by phone or visit them - but please - keep the number of visitors down and still practice social distancing and hand washing
- Stay physically active
- Stay informed about schools if you have young ones
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.