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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.

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. 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

From 6pm, 2 August 2020, Victoria will enter a State of Disaster. 

Mitchell Shire will remain at stage 3 restrictions.

This will give Victorian police 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.

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.

Regional Victoria restrictions

From 6pm, 2 August 2020, Victoria will enter a State of Disaster.

Mitchell Shire will remain at stage 3 restrictions.

This will give Victorian police 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.

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.

From 6pm, Sunday 2 August 2020:
  • Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions with stronger rules to limit the movement of people and the spread of the virus across the city.
  • A curfew – from 8pm to 5am – everyday. The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medical care and caregiving.
  • Where you slept the night of Saturday 1 August is where you’ll need to stay for the next six weeks. There’ll be exemptions for partners who live apart and for work, if required.
  • Exercise will be limited to you and one other person – whether you live with them or not, a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home.
  • Shopping will be limited to one person per household per day. Again, the five-kilometre rule will apply.
    • There’ll be some common-sense exceptions. If your closest supermarket is further than five kilometres, you can still shop there. If you’re a parent with little ones, you can still take them with you when you go for a walk.
  • These distance, gathering and time limits won’t apply for work, medical care or compassionate reasons.
  • Workers who can work away from home are: 
    • Frontline responders (with permits - Government providing more info soon) and those in the business categories below.
  • Businesses that can continue trading are:
    • Supermarkets, grocery stores, post offices, banks, bottle shops, news agencies and petrol stations.
  • Businesses that can continue limited trading are:
    • Restaurants and cafes are takeaway or delivery only.
    • Retail stores will be permitted to operate contactless ‘click and collect’ and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place, and hardware stores can remain open onsite, but for tradespeople only.
    • Abattoirs will work at two-thirds of production and follow similar rules as health settings.
    • Warehousing and distribution centres in Melbourne will be limited to no more than two-thirds the normal workforce allowed onsite at any one time.
    • Large commercial building above three stories will need to reduce their workforce down to the minimum, they can have no more than 25 per cent of their workforce on site.
    • Domestic construction can have no more than 5 trades people allowed at one time
  • Workers will wear PPE; people will be temperature checked and workers will not be allowed to work across multiple sites. The rules will apply at all facilities across Victoria
  • Businesses in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire can apply for up to $10,000 in recognition of spending longer under restrictions.
  • Industries where onsite operations will have to cease for the next six weeks including retail, some manufacturing and administration, to close by 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August.
  • A comprehensive list of restrictions for businesses can be found here.
  • Public transport services will be reduced during curfew hours and the Night Network will be suspended. 
  • Funerals in regional areas can have up to 10 mourners from Melbourne attend.
  • Weddings in Melbourne cannot occur from Wednesday 5 August 11:59pm. 
  • Schools will return to remote and flexible learning – across all year levels.
    • Students who are currently attending onsite – including senior students and those in our specialist schools – will go to school on Monday, have a pupil free day on Tuesday, and be learning at home from Wednesday.
    • Children whose parents are permitted workers and vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home will have onsite supervision offered.
    • From Thursday 6 August, those same rules will apply to kinder and early childhood education services.
    • TAFE and uni must be done remotely
  • Childcare and kinder access for permitted workers

    • If you're working in a permitted industry, or care for a vulnerable child, you'll maintain your access to kinder and childcare for your kids. Even if you are working onsite or from home. If you're eligible, you can get a work permit from here.
  • NSW border: The New South Wales border remains closed. Victorian residents require a permit to enter New South Wales.
  • Updated information: More on Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria can be found on the DHHS restrictions page.  

These changes will be in place for at least the next six weeks until Sunday 13 September. 

From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions, will start again. 

  • This means there’ll only be four reasons to be out:
    • shopping for food and essential items
    • care and caregiving, daily exercise
    • work and study – if you can’t do it from home
    • otherwise, you need to stay home.
  • Businesses in regional Victoria will also return to Stage 3 restrictions.
    • That means restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.
    • This will be tough for these business owners and their workers. Government will have more to say shortly about extra support to help get you through.
  • 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.
  • Schools will return to remote and flexible learning – across all year levels and across the State. The only exception will be for our specialist schools.
    • Onsite supervision will again be made available for students who need it, including children whose parents are permitted workers and vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home.
  • NSW border: The New South Wales border remains closed. Victorian residents require a permit to enter New South Wales.
  • Updated information: More on Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria can be found on the DHHS restrictions page.  
These changes will be in place for at least the next six weeks until Sunday 13 September. 

 

 

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.