25.12.2020 Christmas Message from the Hon Alex Hawke.

23.12.2020 Coronavirus Update – Sydney Travel restricted.
The Victorian Government has established new measures to protect Victoria from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Victorians should not travel to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, or the Northern Beaches areas of New South Wales.
Some people coming from New South Wales are able to enter Victoria, but they require a Victorian Border Crossing Permit, unless an exemption applies.
People who live in or have visited Greater Sydney, the Central Coast or the Northern Beaches areas since 11 December 2020, cannot enter Victoria.
People who arrive in Victoria by air who live in or have visited the Greater Sydney area, the Central Coast or the Northern Beaches since 11 December 2020, will be placed in mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.
Police have established checkpoints along the Victoria-New South Wales border and will check to ensure that people hold a valid permit to enter Victoria.
This includes residents of Victoria.
Regional New South Wales remains a ‘green zone’. Residents of these areas need a permit to enter Victoria.

People living in local government areas along the border do not need a permit. They can enter Victoria by showing their driver licence or other formal photo identification and proof of address.

For more information on the travel restrictions between Victoria and New South Wales, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-border-crossing-permit.

18.12.2020 Covid 19 Update

22.11.2020: Premier Dan Andrews has announced substantial changes to restrictions. Check out a summary below 👇
🎄 HOLIDAY SEASON
– 30 people permitted in your home from 11.59pm on 13 December, including on Christmas Day
From 11.59pm tonight:
🤝 SOCIAL & GATHERINGS CHANGES
– Number of visitors to your home increases from 2 people to 15 people per day
– Outdoor gatherings in public place increase to 50 people
– Weddings, funerals & religious ceremonies increase to 150 people
– Masks required in all indoor settings and where you can’t socially distance outdoors
🎟️ HOSPITALITY, ENTERTAINMENT & WORK CHANGES
– Cinemas, galleries & museums can host up to 150 people indoors
– Density limit for small hospitality venues changes to one person per 2 square metres (up to 50 customers)
– Density limit for large venues increases to 150 customers with a total venue capacity of 300 customers
– From 30 November, up to 25% of office workers able to attend on site
⚽ SPORT & FITNESS CHANGES
– Contact and non-contact sports can begin for adults & kids: 150 people indoors with a group size of up to 20 and 500 outdoors with groups of 50
– Gyms to open up further, 150 cap, 4 square per people
⏩ NEXT STEPS
– Premier to announce further changes on 6 December

08.11.2020 The Premier and Health Minister have just made major announcements regarding COVID-19 restrictions across Melbourne & Victoria.
Changes include:
✅ From 11:59pm tonight, the boundary between Melbourne and regional Victoria will come down. The 25-kilometre limit will no longer be in place.
✅ Restaurants, pubs and cafes will be able to host up to 40 customers indoors and 70 outdoors.
✅ Gyms and indoor sporting facilities can open with up to 20 – subject to strict density limits. Indoor sport for those 18 and under can recommence.
✅ Indoor religious ceremonies will be increased to 20, with 50 allowed outside, and community spaces like libraries or RSLs and neighbourhood houses can have up to 20 indoors, with groups of up to ten.
For more information, check out the links below:
http://www.rosspence.com.au/…/11/201108-Next-Steps.pdf…

26.10.2020 Victoria moves to stage 3 restrictions>. More details can be found on the below link
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps

17.10.2020 Victoria records one new case of COVID-19, no deaths
https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-new-cases-no-deaths-easing-lockdown-restrictions-dhhs/905625c9-6532-4352-9a7c-9073c1f4ad25?fbclid=IwAR04f22szVjTtPYbhX8mAuZVY3njAbRp0_vAzK2YTQyE3V3Hqjkvd-gSBsY

http://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

http://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19

16.10.2020 Do you or someone you know need in-language support to better understand how to vote in the Victorian council elections?
Book a free online information session in one of eight languages 12-16 October https://bit.ly/2HXYa2f
For further in-language information and interpreter assistance visit www.vec.vic.gov.au/information-in-your-language

28.09.2020 COVID 19 UPDATE
The Victorian Government is easing restrictions in Melbourne as part of the Second Step in the roadmap for reopening Victoria.

A reduction in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Melbourne in recent weeks has occurred faster than predicted, allowing for some small changes.

There are some important changes to understand if you live in metropolitan Melbourne:
•The 9pm-5am curfew will no longer be in place from 5am, 28 September 2020
•Religious gatherings and ceremonies can take place outdoors with five people and one faith leader, next to a place of worship
•Childcare is open to all children
•All primary school students, VCE and VCAL students (including Year 10 students in VCE) and specialist school students will return to their schools for learning from October 12
•Five people from a maximum of two households can meet outdoors for a social gathering in a public place like a park. You cannot travel further than 5km and there is a two hour time limit.
•You will now be required to wear a face mask whenever you leave home, covering your nose and mouth. You cannot wear a face covering such as a scarf, bandana or face shield.

Additionally, the Victorian Government has announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move to the Third Step as soon as the 14 day daily average of new cases is less than five, with movement between steps spaced at least three weeks apart. The October 26 date no longer applies.

There are still only four reasons to leave your home; shopping for food and essential items, exercise and outdoor activity, permitted work and study, and caregiving.

You must continue to stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise.

For more details on what is allowed under the new restrictions, visit vic.gov.au/roadmap