Community Update: 1 May 2020

Published: Friday 01 May 2020

Testing Blitz

We are seeing positive results from our collective efforts to stop the spread of the virus. However, the Premier and Chief Health Officer remind us that this is not the time to become complacent. We must remain vigilant and abide by social distancing rules. 

The testing criteria for coronavirus COVID-19 has been updated. It is not necessary to have had contact with a confirmed or suspected case or a returned overseas traveller. 

If you have any of the following symptoms, even mildly, you should get tested:  fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of sense of smell, or a runny nose. There are many test sites now. To find your nearest location call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

More details about the coronavirus are on the DHHS website.

Whitehorse is Open for Business 

Council’s Open for Business Map shows our community which businesses are still operating and details of their current offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep your eye on the map as we add more business details.

Businesses open in Whitehorse are invited to submit their details via the online form to be included on the map. 

Support local businesses and our local economy.

International Students

We have many international students in Whitehorse, studying at Deakin University, Box Hill TAFE, local schools and other education providers. By living, working and studying in Whitehorse, they make an important contribution to our local economy and form an important part of our local community. 

International students often work in casual roles in retail and hospitality, which have been hit hard. While they’re ineligible for most Centrelink assistance, there is a wide range of other assistance available. This includes waiver of public health costs for those who might have coronavirus, support payments and more. 

International students should find more information through the Study Melbourne Centre or their education provider. 

Victoria Together

To help keep Victorians connected – and help keep our creators creating – the Victorian Government has launched Victoria Together. The new online portal shares some of the best music, entertainment, nature and art our state has to offer.

Victoria Together will also be home to a new online series which will feature weekly performances from some of our best home-grown talent. The first episode will air this Sunday at 7.30pm AEST and will be livestreamed on the site.

As well as supporting local talent and hosting new creative content, Victoria Together also provides a one-stop-shop for Victoria’s existing online attractions, including ACMI’s film screenings, Zoos Victoria’s ‘Animal House’ livestream and virtual tours of exhibitions and galleries across the state. It also includes exercise and wellbeing resources.

To experience everything Victoria Together has to offer, visit

To stay in touch with Council 

See a full list of Council closures and amended services  

For the latest information, fact sheets, video announcements and media releases regarding COVID-19, visit DHHS Coronavirus webpage

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