COVID-19 Information

Updated 2 August 2021

  • 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.

Victorian Business Support Package

A new jointly funded package from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will give Victorian small and medium businesses the extra support and confidence they need to recover from the recent lockdown.

The new Victorian Business Support Package will deliver an additional $400 million in support to thousands of businesses, with funding to be split 50/50 between the Commonwealth and Victorian Government. 

The package includes a new $85 million Small Business COVID Hardship Fund and $156 million Business Continuity Fund, as well as delivering support for commercial tenants and landlords.

It will also build on Victorian Government support for licenced hospitality and alpine venues, with $70 million for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 and $9.8 million for Alpine Business Support.

The programs will be administered by the Victorian Government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Victorian businesses had borne the brunt of the heavy cost of lockdowns that kept the state and Australia safe.

“Together we can and we will recover from this,” the Prime Minister said. “We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again.

“Last year, Victoria and our nation faced heavy blows from COVID, but with the right supports in place our economy and businesses came back strongly and a million people returned to work.

“We will continue to do what is necessary to support Victorian businesses as we face the evolving challenges of COVID-19.”

The Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews said, “This package is all about jobs – protecting and growing jobs to support Victoria’s economic recovery.” 

“With this funding we’ll continue driving jobs and economic recovery here in Victoria, and for the nation.”

The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the Morrison Government supported Victorians during the crisis and will continue to support them to the end of this crisis.

“Having battled five lockdowns Victorian businesses have been amongst the hardest hit in the nation,” the Treasurer said.

“No amount of support can make up for what business owners have experienced over the last year and half, but this latest package will support them as they reopen after this latest lockdown.” 

The Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said, “We’re supporting Victorian businesses each step of the way as we continue to fight this pandemic.”

“We know small businesses have been doing it tough and this new fund will give them the support they need to recover.”

Five key elements make up the support package to help businesses deal with ongoing public health restrictions.

Business continuity fund

A $156 million Business Continuity Fund will be established to deliver $5,000 grants to up to around 30,000 businesses that remain impacted by capacity limits placed on businesses by necessary public health restrictions.

Twenty-four eligible sectors are covered by the fund including gyms, cafes, restaurants, catering services and hairdressers.

Recognising businesses located in the CBD will continue to be impacted due to restrictions on the number of staff allowed in office buildings, they will be eligible to receive an additional $2,000 recognising reduced foot traffic due to office density limits.

All recipients must have received or been eligible for the previous Business Cost Assistance Program.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

The Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund will receive a $70 million boost, with grants of up to $20,000 to be made available to support licensed venues as their operations continue to be impacted by current restrictions.

These grants recognise that larger venues depend more on dine-in and have higher operating costs, so need more support than smaller operations.

Again an additional $2,000 will also be made available to the business if it is located within the CBD.

 To receive this funding, venues will need to have received or been eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021.

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and Landlord Hardship Fund

The package, to be fully funded by the Victorian Government, will deliver $80 million to provide support to landlords that provide rent relief to their tenants.

The Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme will be reinstated to provide much needed rent relief to small to medium commercial tenants and their landlords with more details on the roll out to be provided by the Victorian Government soon.

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

A new $85 million fund will be established to support small businesses who have not been eligible under existing business support funds.

Small businesses with a payroll of up to $10 million who have experienced a 70 per cent or greater reduction in revenue will be eligible for grants of up to $5,000.

Alpine Business Support Program

Alpine Business Support will receive a further $9.8 million to deliver grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to 430 Alpine based businesses in recognition of restricted inter and intra-state travel during the peak winter season.

The funding also includes an additional $5 million support to alpine resort operators and management boards.

The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments continue to work together to support Victorians through this challenging time.

For more information visit: coronavirus.vic.gov.au/business-grants-and-support


Restrictions – Statewide, effective Tuesday 27th July

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

Can leave home for any reason

5km travel limit has been removed

Intrastate Travel

Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is unrestricted

Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts permitted. Visitors are recommended to have had a COVID test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne. Children under 2 years not included. Must be able to show evidence of a negative test as condition of entry into ski field

Face coverings:

• Must be carried at all times.
• Must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home or if an exception applies.

Private gatherings: Not permitted. Intimate partner visits/single bubble permitted.

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 10 people

Work: If you can work from home, you should work from home. Office work – 25 per cent return or up to 10 people if total workplace is 40 or less, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies.

Education and childcare

Early learning centres, childcare, family day care: Open

Schools: Open, Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies, except in areas used by students. Face mask requirements apply to everyone 12 years and over.

Higher education and training: If you can study from home, you should continue to study from home.

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies

Permitted for up to 100 people indoors and up to 300 people outdoors.
• Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
• A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before density quotient applies.
• COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in

Funerals

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with 50 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 50 people (including the two persons being married and two witnesses. The celebrant and photographer are not included in the cap). COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in. Dancefloors not permitted.

Physical recreation & sport

Open. Maximum patron cap of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors
• Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in
• Group limit of 10 people

Community Sport

Open for all ages, training and competition. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
• Limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (i.e. players, coaches)

Community Facilities

Open
• Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
• Maximum venue capacity: 300 people, no group limits.

• Maximum 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space. Maximum group size: 10 people
• COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in

Creative Studios

• Open. A maximum patron cap of 100 people indoors and 300 people outdoors
• Group limit of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
• COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in

Entertainment and Leisure

Indoor fixed seated entertainment: Open up to a maximum of 100 people per space. Group limit of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-seated areas. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Outdoor fixed seated entertainment: Open up to a maximum of 300 people per outdoor space. Group limit of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies in non-seated areas. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Non-seated indoor venues: Open to a maximum of 100 people per space. Group limit of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Non-seated outdoor venues: Open to a maximum of 300 people per space. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Group limit of 10 people. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres: Open to a maximum of 100 people per venue. Group limit of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Drive-in cinemas: Open to a maximum of 1,000 people Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies

No patron cap applies. Can operate at 100% capacity with the following requirements in place:
• Attendees to remain in cars unless accessing services
• Food and drink facilities have density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm and a maximum of 100 people
• COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in

Amusement parks: Open with maximum of 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Maximum group size of 10 people. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Casinos:

Open with a maximum of 100 people per indoor space:
• Subject to density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
• Every second machine closed or 1.5m between machines
• COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in

Retail betting venues: Open to a maximum of 100 people per venue. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Electronic gaming: Open to a maximum of 100 people per venue. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Every second machine closed or 1.5m between machines. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Karaoke and Nightclubs: Open for seated service, to a maximum of 100 people per venue, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. Group limit of 10 people. Dancefloors not permitted. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

General Retail

All retail: Open. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Check-in required. A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before density quotient applies.

Hairdressing, beauty, personal care

Open. Can remove mask for services. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. QR code check-ins are required. Venues can have up to 25 patrons before the density quotient applies.

Hospitality

Food and drink facilities Open for seated service only with a maximum patron cap of 100 per venue. Group limit of 10. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before the density quotient applies. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in. Dancefloors closed.

Food Courts: Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. QR codes must be displayed at every table. COVIDSafe Marshals in each food court.

Accommodation

Bookings permitted for single households, intimate partners or single bubbles

Real Estate Services

Auctions permitted with a maximum patron cap of 100 people indoors or outdoors.

Inspections permitted with a private appointment, to a maximum of 10 people, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Tours and transport

Tours: Maximum tour size 10 patrons. Venue limits apply when indoors. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Tour transport: Limit of 10 people per vehicle. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

Care Facility Visitors

Visitor restrictions:

Visitors are permitted into care facilities for reasons that include:
• To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing
• To support residents under 18 years of age
• As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act
• To provide interpreter or informal language support
• For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge
• Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

Hospital Visitors

Visitors restrictions:

Visitors are permitted entry to hospitals for reasons that include:
• As a parent, guardian or carer of a child who is a patient in hospital
• To provide support that is necessary for the patient’s emotional or physical wellbeing.
• As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act
• To provide interpreter or informal language support
• For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge
• As a carer of a patient with a disability
• Accompanying someone to the emergency department or outpatient clinic
• As a partner of a pregnant woman or patient in a maternity ward
• Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry