Community Update - 14 September

Published: Monday 14 Sep 2020

The Roadmap to Reopening has Steps on easing restrictions for how we live and how we work. The Steps will be triggered by dates and case numbers. Council’s website will have up to date information on changes to our services.

Metropolitan Melbourne is now subject to Stage 4 restrictions

Stay at Home directions

The Stage 4 directions have been updated from 11:59 on 13 September. It is still important that we stay at home, except for the following reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials – only one person, once per day, within 5km from home
  • Public gatherings of up to 2 people, or a household, maximum two hours (included in exercise limit)
  • Exercise – within 5km from home, following the public gatherings directions
  • Care giving or receiving medical care
  • Person living alone and single parents can nominate a visitor (single social bubble)
  • Work - only for permitted workers

The curfew hours have been eased to 9pm to 5am.

Victorian students learn from home, with few exceptions. Kindergartens, early learning and childcare centres are closed except to vulnerable children and children of permitted workers. 

The Victorian Government website has more details on the Roadmap to reopening

Workplaces and Businesses

All open businesses and services must have a COVIDSafe plan, that focuses on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace. Businesses can apply for up to $10,000 under the extended Business Support Fund

Support for individuals

The Commonwealth Government can provide a $1500 Pandemic Leave Payment, if you have to self isolate or quarantine and you have no access to paid leave. 

It is supplemented by the Victorian Government’s $450 Test Isolation payment available to those who need to wait at home for their COVID test result and are in insecure employment. 

Payments are available to people whether or not they are citizens or permanent residents of Australia. 

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.

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