Community Update

Last Update: 4 August 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne is now subject to Stage 4 restrictions

New restrictions have been added to the Stay at Home rules. 

Stay at Home directions

It is still important that we stay at home, except for the four reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials – but now only one person, once per day, within 5km from home
  • Exercise – within 5km from home, one hour per day, maximum 2 people including members of the same household. 
  • Care giving or receiving medical care
  • Work or study, if you cannot do it from home

We must stay at home during curfew hours of 8pm to 5am, unless for work, care giving or seeking medical attention, or seeing an intimate partner. 

Victorian students will learn from home, with few exceptions. 

Kindergartens, early learning and childcare centres will be closed from Thursday except to vulnerable children and children of parents working in ‘defined roles.’ 

Workplaces and Businesses

The Premier made further announcements on Monday 3 August about businesses and workplaces. Some must close from Wednesday night. 

All open businesses and services will have until 11:59pm Friday 7 August to enact a COVIDSafe plan. This plan must focus on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace.

For detailed information, keep an eye on the DHHS website, which is being updated regularly. 

Businesses can apply for up to $10,000 under the extended Business Support Fund

Support for individuals

The Victorian Government’s one-off $1500 Worker Support payment is still available to support Victorian workers, including those in aged care, who have been instructed to stay home because they’ve had a positive test or need to self-isolate as a close contact. 

It is supplemented by a $300 Test Isolation payment available to those who need to wait at home for their COVID test result, and are in insecure employment. 

The Commonwealth Government has also announced a $1500 pandemic leave disaster payment, given our state’s declared State of Disaster. 

Payments are available to people whether or not they are citizens or permanent residents of Australia. They are available if you need to self-isolate or quarantine, and therefore cannot attend work and do not have access to paid sick leave. 

If you need extra support during this time, we have a list of agencies and contact details providing relief, mental health and family supports and more. 

Impact on Council services

These restrictions will alter the way we deliver some Council services. Updates can be found on Council’s website

We will continue to run essential Home Care services for older residents and Meals on Wheels Service. Childhood immunisation and Maternal Child Health services will also continue. 

Curbside waste collections will continue. 

Many of our staff are working from home to continue providing a wide range of Council services. You can still reach us through our website or on 9262 6333. 

What hasn’t changed?

We must continue to maintain 1.5m physical distance and good hand hygiene, and wear face coverings while outside home. 

If we have even mild symptoms, we should get tested, and stay at home while waiting for the results. 

For information about coronavirus or to find your nearest testing site, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398.

Translated Resources

COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry can be found on the DHHS website or download them below. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials.

Chinese - Simplified and Traditional 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Italiano

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