COVID-19 Information

Updated 19 October 2020

  • For the latest information on Coronavirus disease in Victoria, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
  • If you are concerned about Coronavirus disease in Victoria, call the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
  • Coronavirus disease can spread after close contact with an infectious person, through droplets from a cough or sneeze, and touching of contaminated services. This is most likely to occur after travel to an affected country, or through living in a house with a person with the infection.
  • Victorians should now take steps to prepare for the possibility of transmission of coronavirus disease in Victoria in the coming weeks or months.
  • Protect yourself from Coronavirus by washing your hands regularly with soap and water; and try not to touch your face, including your eyes, nose or mouth. One way to become infected is to transfer the virus from a contaminated surface to your face or mouth by touching.
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene:
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
    • Cough into your elbow.
    • Dispose of tissues.
    • Wash your hands with soap afterwards.
  • Personal hygiene is an important protection against coronavirus disease and all respiratory illnesses – this includes washing hands regularly, especially after using the toilet and before eating.
  • Consider slowly stocking up on essential items, just in case you need to self-isolate due to coronavirus.
  • For additional information please also visit: https://www.coronavirus.com.au/

Assistance

Victorians self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) with no access to food and essential supplies will receive emergency relief packages under a program introduced by the Victorian Government.

The program will support people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of family and friends to support them. Each eligible household will receive a two-week supply of essential goods.

Food packages will include items such as long-life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be distributed to eligible households and include soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Additional items may also be provided depending on the needs of the household, such as nappies or baby formula.

The packages will be delivered door-to-door, with other distribution points to be established as required. For people who are not eligible for the emergency relief packages, they are encouraged to be self-reliant and call on the help of family and friends wherever possible during the current pandemic.

The emergency relief program for those in mandatory self-isolation will be coordinated by the Red Cross in partnership with Foodbank Victoria and under the direction of the State Relief Coordinator.

It can be accessed by calling Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. The hotline can also refer people to other support services if needed.

Businesses across the state can access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Operators calling the hotline will be able to get information about support services, including those available through Business Victoria, which offers mentoring to help operators develop business continuity and recovery plans.

The hotline will provide the latest information on the response to COVID-19 and how this affects businesses, including how to access financial support available through the national stimulus package. In addition to calling the Business Victoria hotline, business operators can also find information at business.vic.gov.au.

Businesses can also access assistance from the government’s economic survival and jobs package.

The Government will now defer payroll tax for businesses with payrolls up to $10 million for the full 2020-21 financial year.

As part of the $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package, the Victorian Government has announced a $500 million package to assist people who have lost their jobs at this difficult time.

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Business Support Fund, providing $10,000 grants to help small businesses survive the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep people in work. To apply and for more information, please visit business.vic.gov.au

Under the Working for Victoria Fund, displaced workers will be eligible to apply for different types of work. This presents opportunities for paid work and an opportunity to contribute to Victoria’s ability to manage this event and support the community.

Some displaced workers will have skills that can be readily transferred to new roles. The Government can also assist skills development or help people in obtaining immediate accreditation to commence work.

The Government will work across the public sector, local government, the not-for-profit sector and key private sector employers to facilitate job matching. Businesses that need workers can get in touch at business.vic.gov.au.

There will be a moratorium on evictions until 28th March 2021 for residential and commercial tenants who are experiencing financial distress due to the impact of coronavirus.

Every student will get the support they need during this period. We will provide a device to every child that needs one as well as free internet access to thousands of Victorian students.

Schools will contact students and their families in the first week of Term 2 to determine their need to access the internet and devices such as laptops and tablets.

Priority for internet-enabled SIM cards and dongles will be given to senior secondary students, students in bushfire affected areas, and families who cannot afford an internet connection at home.

The Government has also announced that a new $1500 payment will be available for those who have a confirmed case or are a close contact and who can’t rely on sick leave. This is about making sure there’s no financial reason for these people not to isolate and to go to work instead.

The Government will now extend the scheme to ensure that as soon as a person is tested, they will be eligible for a $300 support payment from the Victorian Government – as long as they meet the eligibility of the existing scheme.

This will ensure workers don’t have to pay the price for following health advice while they are waiting for their results – meaning they can afford to isolate immediately and avoid spreading the virus further through workplaces.

Over $1.1 billion in cash grants will support small and medium sized businesses that are most affected by coronavirus restrictions including $822 million as part of the third round of the Business Support Fund.

Around 75,000 eligible businesses with payrolls up to $10 million will receive grants of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 depending on their size. More than 108,000 businesses have already shared in $1.47 billion from the first two rounds of Business Support Fund grants.

To support our bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels and reception centres, the Government will establish a $251 million dedicated Licenced Venue Fund, with grants of between $10,000 and $30,000 for licenced venues of all shapes and sizes. The Government is also providing further relief by waiving liquor licence fees for 2021.

Trips to Victoria’s ski fields haven’t been possible for thousands of families this year, so the Government will give businesses in our alpine resorts the support they need with with grants of up to $20,000 to help cover their resort fees, saving them a combined $4.3 million.

The Government will also partner with local business groups and chambers of commerce, with grants of up to $20,000 so they can help their members adapt and find their feet in a COVID Normal world.

The Government will also provide a further $137 million in waivers and deferrals of charges including liquor licence fees, the congestion levy and increases to the landfill levy. The 50 per cent stamp duty discount for commercial and industrial property across all of regional Victoria will be brought forward to 1 January 2021 and the Vacant Residential Land Tax will be waived for properties that are vacant in 2020.


COVID-19 Restrictions

Metropolitan Melbourne

People living in metropolitan Melbourne will now be required to wear a mask when leaving home for one of the four reasons, following a concerning increase in coronavirus cases in recent days. Coverings such as bandanas or face shields no longer meet this requirement.

The restrictions apply to the following Local Government Areas

  • Banyule
  • Hume
  • Moreland
  • Bayside
  • Kingston
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Boroondara
  • Knox
  • Nillumbik
  • Brimbank
  • Manningham
  • Port Phillip
  • Cardinia
  • Maribyrnong
  • Stonnington
  • Casey
  • Maroondah
  • Whitehorse
  • Darebin
  • Melbourne
  • Whittlesea
  • Frankston
  • Melton
  • Wyndham
  • Glen Eira
  • Monash
  • Yarra
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Moonee Valley
  • Yarra Ranges
  • Hobsons Bay

Reasons to leave home

You must stay at home except for four reasons: necessary goods or services; medical care or compassionate reasons; exercise, work and education if necessary.


Shopping for food and necessary supplies will only be allowed to occur within 25km of your home, or at the nearest available supermarket, no limit on the number of people per household.


Exercise will also be limited to within 25km of your home. Exercise can continue to occur with only one other person, and will be limited to two hours per day total, split into a maximum of two sessions.


Exemptions include visiting a person with whom you are in an intimate personal relationship, including outside metropolitan Melbourne.


You cannot leave metropolitan Melbourne for exercise. You may only leave metropolitan Melbourne for shopping for food and essential supplies if within 25 kms.

Gatherings

  • Private: 1 nominated visitor if living alone.
  • Public: up to 10 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors for social interaction. Or more than 10 if all from the same household

Employer Obligations

Work from home: You must not allow employees to work from workplace if reasonably practicable to work from home.

Schools

  • Schools: Primary School, Year 7 and VCE/VCAL to return to face to face learning from 12 October. Year 8-10 to return to face to face learning from 26 October.
  • Specialist schools: Staged return to onsite learning in Term Four.
  • Childcare and kinder: open
  • Higher education and TAFE: remote learning and training only

Sporting Activities

  • Community sport: closed
  • Indoor sport and recreation: closed.
  • Outdoor recreation: Up to 10 people from a maximum of two households within 25km of your residence or workplace if no facility is required; or more than 10 if all from the same household
  • Indoor swimming pools: open for one on one hydrotherapy sessions with a health professional where clinically indicated. No group sessions
  • Outdoor swimming pools: open.
  • Play centres: closed.
  • Playgrounds: open.
  • Outdoor sport settings to reopen, which do not require facilities to be entered, staffed or the use of communal facilities such as change rooms and toilets.

Shopping, retail and personal services

  • Restaurants and cafes: take away and delivery only.
  • Pubs, bars, clubs, nightclubs: closed, bottle shop and take away only.
  • Food courts: closed.
  • Beauty and personal care services: closed.
  • Hairdressing: open
  • Saunas and bathhouses: closed.
  • Auction houses: operate remotely.
  • Real estate auctions: permitted outdoors, minimum 10 members of the public plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction.
  • Real estate inspections: private property, commercial and display home pre-arranged inspections with 1 agent and 1 prospective purchaser or tenant.
  • Markets stalls: stalls can operate for provision of take away food and drink only.
  • Markets and shopping centres: open, subject to density quotient, but people can only visit for necessary goods and services.
  • Other retail: closed, unless on permitted work industry list

Entertainment

  • Libraries and community venues: to host an essential public support service or funeral only.
  • Galleries, museums, zoos: closed.
  • Outdoor amusement parks and arcades: closed.
  • Indoor cinemas: closed.
  • Drive-in cinemas: closed.
  • Concert venues, theatres, auditoriums: closed.
  • Arenas and stadiums: closed.
  • Casinos and gaming: closed.
  • Brothels, strip clubs and sex on premise venues: closed.

Ceremonies

  • Religious ceremonies and private worship: Places of worship closed. Outdoor gatherings (not ceremonies) of up to five people plus one faith leader, proximate to a place of worship, allowed.
  • Weddings: only for compassionate reasons with up to five people (including the couple, two witness and a celebrant)
  • Funerals: up to 10 people, plus those conducting the funeral.
  • Attending a funeral is a permitted reason to leave home and a permitted reason to leave metropolitan Melbourne.

Travel

  • Travel in a vehicle with a person outside your household not permitted, with some exceptions
  • Travel within Victoria outside metropolitan Melbourne: allowed for work, education (if necessary), and care/compassionate purposes only
  • Holiday accommodation and camping: Not permitted for residents of metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Second place of residence – You cannot visit second place of residence with limited exceptions (e.g. emergency or maintenance; shared custody; to stay with intimate partner who does not live with you).

Regional Victoria


From Sunday 2nd August at 11:59pm, all Victorians 12 years and over state-wide will be required to use a mask when practical, when they leave the house for any reason including going to work, shopping or going out for any of the reasons allowed in regional Victoria. Coverings such as bandanas or face shields no longer meet this requirement.

Reasons to leave your home

  • No restrictions on reasons to leave home

Gatherings of people

  • Private: up to two people can visit a household once per day. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting.
  • Public: up to 10 people can meet outdoors for social interaction

Employer Obligations

Work from home: Must not allow employees to work from workplace if reasonably practicable to work from home.

Schools

  • All students to return to face to face learning from 12 October
  • Specialist schools remain open for all children.
  • Childcare and kinder remain open for all children.

Sporting Activities

  • Community Sport: As per sport restrictions.
  • Indoor sport and recreation: closed.
  • Outdoor sport: Outdoor contact and non-contact sport permitted for under-18s, outdoor non-contact sport only for adults with gathering and density limits, outdoor fitness for ten people maximum.
  • Outdoor sporting facilities: closed, except for facilities where public gathering and physical distancing limits can be adhered to and there is no use of shared equipment or communal facilities (e.g. tennis courts, golf courses).
  • Outdoor pools: open.
  • Indoor pools (including swimming classes): open exclusively for those aged 18 years and under subject to pool maximum of 20 patrons or density quotient. Pools also open for one on one hydrotherapy sessions with a health professional where clinically indicated. No group sessions
  • Playcentres: closed.
  • Playgrounds: open

Shopping, retail and personal services

  • Food and drink facilities: open for seated indoor and outdoor service (food and drink only). Seated dining only, maximum 10 people per group seated 1.5m from other groups.
  • Indoor spaces open with a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 40 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density requirements (1 per 4msq). Businesses to check that customer resides outside of metropolitan Melbourne
  • Outdoor spaces open with a cap of 70 patrons per venue, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 2msq
  • Retail: all open, hairdressing open with safety measures, beauty and personal care services available with face covering.
  • Real Estate: Private inspections by appointment, outdoor auctions permitted with up to ten people.

Entertainment

  • Outdoor venues and events open subject to pre-approved plans.
  • Indoor venues closed

Ceremonies

  • Religious ceremonies and private worship: closed, outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people plus one faith leader, proximate to a place of worship, allowed.
  • Weddings: up to 10 people (couple, two witnesses and celebrant) .
  • Funerals: up to 20 people, plus those conducting the funeral.
  • Attending a wedding or funeral is a permitted reason to leave home. Attending a funeral is a permitted reason to enter metropolitan Melbourne.

Travel

  • Travel within regional Victoria: allowed for any purpose
  • Holiday accommodation and camping: open for residents of regional Victoria with caps per the social bubble

Quarantine

All travellers returning from overseas to Victoria will now be placed in enforced quarantine for a self-isolation period of 14-days to slow the spread of coronavirus.

This will see returned travellers housed in hotels, motels, caravan parks, and student accommodation for their 14-day self-isolation period.


If you have a coronavirus disease question and need a translator:

  • First call 131 450
  • Then request the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services #Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398
  • Keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies