Link to DHHS Victoria

Update September 26, 2021: The City of Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast will exit lockdown at 11:59 PM

Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Deb Friedman says the city of Greater Geelong will exit lockdown alongside the Surf Coast local government area on 26/9/2021 at 11:59pm.

Update: September 22, 2021: Lock down in the city of Ballarat to lift tonight 22/09/2021 at 11:59 PM

On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, the seven-day lockdown in the City of Ballarat will lift at 11:59pm tonight, 22 September. With these changes, Ballarat will move to the COVIDSafe settings it was under before the lockdown, with no reasons required to leave the home and no limit on travel throughout regional Victoria.

Update September 22, 2021: STATEWIDE RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

Sources:

Statement from the Victorian Premier

COVID-Safe Settings – Vic Gov

Resources:

Vic Conference Office Intranet (SharePoint)

Vic Conference Churches OH&S Intranet (SharePoint)

 

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms).

Category

 

Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

(Changes are highlighted in Yellow)

 

Regional Victoria

(Changes are highlighted in Yellow)

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curfew: Metro Melbourne Only. From 9pm to 5am, a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons

 

Stay at home unless:

•shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)

•caregiving or compassionate reasons

•authorised work or permitted education, or work interstate

•socialize or exercise (up to four hours, with one other person plus dependants if they cannot be left unattended. The other person can be from another household). Up to five people may gather from two households may socialize or exercise if everyone over age of 18 have had two vaccination doses

•receive a COVID-19 vaccination

•other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply)

 

Intra-state travel: Travel limit of 10km from place of primary residence, except:

•to return home

•to access necessary goods and services where those goods and services cannot be accessed closer than 5kms from home.

•to visit an intimate partner

•to visit a person in your “single bubble”

•allowed to travel for authorised work and permitted education

•work at an interstate location (where permitted by another state)

•care and compassionate reasons (specific exemptions apply)

to get a COVID-19 vaccination if the appointment is at an adjacent LGA

 

Stay at home requirement:

•no stay-at-home requirement

•removal of 5km travel limit

 

Intrastate travel limit:

•allowed across regional Victoria

•movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria restricted to specified purposes:

•necessary goods and services (provided facility is closest facility to place of residence)

•care or compassionate reasons (including bubble buddy/ intimate partner/)

•authorised work/education

•other specified reasons e.g. moving home

to get a COVID-19 vaccination if the appointment is at an adjacent LGA

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Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts permitted provided visitors have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. Children under 12 years not included. Must be able to show evidence of a negative test as condition of entry into ski field. Workers are highly recommended to take a COVID test prior to arrival at the resorts.

 

Private gatherings: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single person bubble permitted Private gatherings: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single person bubble permitted

Public gatherings:

•Permitted for personal training for up to two people plus the trainer

•Public gathering for social interaction for up to two people from separate households

•Public gathering of up to five people from two households if all persons aged 18 years or older have received two vaccine doses

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 10 people

Face coverings:

•must be carried at all times

•must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or ifan exception applies

•recommend primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or if an exception applies.

Face coverings:

•must be carried at all times

•must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies

•recommend primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or if an exception applies.

 

Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home

•Authorised workplaces and workers are permitted to attend onsite work

•Authorised workers are permitted to travel to and from work even when curfew is in place

•A permit is required when leaving the home for authorised work or permitted higher education

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: Closedbut open to vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers and children of single parents  if they cannot be supervised at home.

Schools: Remote learning for most students but open to vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers.

Early learning centres, kindergarten, childcare, family day care:

•open for regional Victorian children

•open to children of metropolitan Melbourne authorised workers, single parents and vulnerable children

•twice weekly PCR testing for childcare workers moving between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

 

Schools:

•open for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 only. Remote learning for other levels

open to children of metropolitan Melbourne authorized workers and vulnerable children

•twice weekly PCR testing for teachers moving between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

•density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-student areas. Face mask requirements apply to everyone 12 years and over

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No in-person gatherings permitted. Broadcast permitted with maximum five people, must be the same five people each time. Religious gatherings and ceremonies: Permitted with up to 20 persons per venue (and those workers necessary to conduct the ceremony)
Funerals Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 20 people(and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap
Weddings Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses) Weddings (indoor and outdoor): ): Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the wedding). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap
Community facilities Closed. Open for click and collect and essential services only. Open: with maximum of 20 people per facility
Accommodation (Non-school camps fall under this category) Closed unless for permitted reasons, or shelter in place. No new bookings except for authorised reasons

Open to people who live in regional area. Bookings permitted for single

households, intimate partners or single bubbles.

Outdoor physical recreation & sport

 

 

 

Open: From 2/9 at 11:59 PM Outdoor playgrounds for children under 12 years with one parent/carer. Parent/carer cannot take mask off to eat or drink while supervising their children playing. QR code check in required.

Outdoor playgrounds, communal gym equipment and skateparks: Open Outdoor personal training: Allowed with up to 10 people and a trainer

Community sport: Permitted outdoor training only with the minimum number required to train. Spectators are prohibited except one parent permitted to supervise children

Community recreation facilities: Outdoors only with up to 20 people per facility.

 

Press Releases

Australian Union and Victorian Conference press Release (17 March 2020) re Church Closures 
Australian Union Conference Press Release (13 March 2020)
Risk Management Services update (12 March 2020)

Resources

Face Mask: Key points and Q and A from DHHS 
How can I make a face mask – Video clip
How to wear a medical/surgical mask
How to wear a fabric mask
Click here to see 10 ways to reduce your risk of Coronavirus
Zoom Meeting Safety Tips
Virtual Meeting Guidelines
COVID-19 and the local Church (inc food safety)
COVID-19 What You Need to Know 
Home Isolation Guidance
COVID -19 – factsheet for the Victorian public

Posters

Gel your hands before entry poster 
Wash your hands regularly poster
Do Not Enter poster for your Church
Cover your cough and sneeze poster
COVID -19 – general advice poster for Victorians
Wash your hands regularly poster

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