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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.

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

Outdoor social interaction added to the reasons to leave home

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews announced a modest easing of some of metropolitan Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

The following changes will come into effect from 11:59pm Friday, 17 September -

  • The most significant change is that there will now be one other reason to leave the home: outdoor social interaction. This means one person may meet another person not from their household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity.
  • If you’re FULLY VACCINATED (i.e. had 2 doses of a COVID19 vaccination), up to five adults from two households will be able to go for a picnic or go for a walk. All adults must be fully vaccinated.
  • The time permitted for exercise – and now other outdoor social interaction – will increase from two hours a day to four hours.
  • The distance you can leave home for shopping for necessary goods and services, exercise and outdoor social interaction will increase from 5km to 10 km.
  • Two people will be allowed to train outdoors with a personal trainer. Skate parks and outdoor communal exercise equipment will reopen.

For the full list of restrictions including Regional Victoria visit - https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings

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.

 

Dedicated Aboriginal info line for mob in Victoria - 1800 312 911

If you have a question about COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccine, talk directly to Aboriginal staff who understand our local community and can answer your questions and direct you to support needed. Make a free call to the Aboriginal COVID infoline on 1800 312 911. Open from 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

 

If you feel sick 

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 - Call your local Aboriginal health service or the COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 to find out where. A list of testing sites can also be found here.
  • 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.

 

If you believe you were at an exposure site

If you have been a Tier One exposure sites, you are required to get tested urgently and isolate for fourteen days. The Department of Health will be in contact with you to discuss what you need to do and complete an interview. If you have any questions you can contact the Department of Health on 1300 651 160.

The advice for those who have visited Tier Two sites is to get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result.

Please see the following link for the full list of exposure sites - https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

For more information and advice on what to do if you or a member or your household and/or family have visited an exposure site check out the self-assessment tool on the Coronavirus website. 

 

 

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