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.
It's important we stay up-to-date with changing restrictions happening throughout Victoria so you and your family and friends can stay safe.
We will endeavor to keep Community updated through our channels and encourage everyone to regularly check Coronavirus.gov.au
Current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria
Lockdown restrictions are set to ease in Regional Victoria (expect Greater Shepparton)
From 11.59pm on Thursday 9 September:
- The five reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton.
- Most businesses such as restaurants, cafes, retail, hairdressing and entertainment venues can reopen with capacity and density limits.
- Regional schools will reopen for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 students who live in regional Victoria. All other levels will continue remote learning.
- Public gatherings permitted for up to 10 people.
- Home visitors and private gatherings not permitted (except intimate partners and single person bubbles).
- Masks will continue to be required indoors and outdoors, apart from private residences, unless an exception applies.
The only change to restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne right now will see single parents now able to access childcare, regardless of whether they are an authorised worker.
For more information on eased restrictions for Regional Victroia check out the Premiers media statement or head to the COVIDSafe Settings website.
Regional Victoria under lockdown restrictions from 1pm, 21 August 2021
As a result of a recent outbreak, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that from 1pm, 21 August 2021, Regional Victoria will be under lockdown restrictions with the rest of Metropolitan Melbourne.
This means that during this statewide lockdown, there are again only five reasons to leave your home:
- Shopping for food and supplies
- Exercise (up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household)
- Compassionate care, caregiving and medical reasons
- Authorised work
- To get vaccinated
The 9pm-5am curfew does not apply in Regional Victoria however if you travel to metropolitan Melbourne for work or other permitted reasons, you must adhere to the curfew.
For more information on the latest Covid restrictions, including new restrictions in relation to childcare access during the current lockdown, check the CovidSafe Settings page on the Coronavirus website - https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings
Lockdown extended for Metropolitan Melbourne
Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown is being extended to at least 11:59pm, Thursday 2 September.
As a result of new outbreaks existing lockdown restrictions will be further tightened with the following new restrictions to come into effect from 11:59pm 16 August, 2021.
- A curfew will be imposed from 9pm to 5am every night. This curfew will operate as it did last year – with very limited reasons to leave your home.
- Playgrounds, recreation spaces, and skate parks will all be closed until further notice.
- Permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work, consistent with the arrangements that were in place last year. Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working and when travelling for work.
As a result of the two-week lockdown extension all existing lockdown restrictions will also remain in place for Melbourne. They are as follows:
- Only 5 reasons to leave home including shopping for food and supplies, authorized work, care and caregiving, exercise for up to 2 hours and no more than 5kms from your home, and for getting vaccinated at the nearest possible location.
- Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors everywhere except your own home.
- Schools will close but childcare and kinder will remain open.
- Cafes and restaurants can offer takeaway only.
- Gyms and hairdressers will close.
- Public and private gatherings are not permitted, except for visiting intimate partners. Single person bubbles are allowed.
Regional Victoria remains out of lockdown with the following restrictions -
- Private gatherings in the home are still not permitted
- Face masks will also still be mandatory indoors and outdoors.
- Outdoor gatherings in public spaces can occur with up to 10 people
- Food and hospitality will open – density quotas will apply
- Retail can also open and personal services such as beauty can resume
- Community sport is open for all ages, including training and competition
- Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed – density quotas will apply
- Weddings and funerals are also able to have up to 50 people at a venue
For the full list of restrictions please visit - https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings
Please see the following link for the full list of exposure sites - https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites
If you have been to the following Tier One exposure sites, you are required to get tested and isolate for fourteen days. The advice for those who have visited Tier Two sites is to get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result.
For further information regarding current COVID Safe settings, Victoria’s travel permit system, the vaccine program, and more visit Coronavirus.gov.au
If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, call the National Coronavirus Helpline for advice on 1800 020 080.
If you feel sick
Remember that if you are feeling unwell and think you have symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, sweats or chills, sore throat, shortness of breath and/or loss of sense of smell or taste), seek medical advice and get a free test.
- Get tested if you're not feeling well. Call your local Aboriginal health service or the COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 to find out where.
- Work-from-home, if you can and are well enough to do so.
- Keep-up-to date with the latest COVID-19 information
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 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 we get tested as soon as we present with any coronavirus symptoms.
Call your local Aboriginal health service or the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 to see where you can get tested.