Community Update - 15 January 2021

Published: Friday 15 Jan 2021

Face Masks

From Monday 18 January, we do not need to wear masks except in indoor retail settings, public transport and ride share services and when we cannot maintain 1.5m distance from others. We must still carry masks when away from home.  

Victorian Government advice on travel 

People in Victoria who wish to travel to another state are advised to check the restrictions in place in that state at the time of travel. While you are visiting other parts of Australia it is your responsibility to know and follow the restrictions they have in place.   

All residents and travellers wishing to enter Victoria must now apply for a permit and the ‘traffic light’ permit system applies to travellers from anywhere across Australia.

Permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

Who should get tested?

Anyone currently in Victoria who has completed 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine in Brisbane at the Grand Chancellor hotel on or after 30 December is asked to isolate and contact the coronavirus hotline immediately.

If you have arrived in Victoria from 30 December from the greater Brisbane area must get tested and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result. You should call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 immediately.

Anyone in Victoria experiencing even the mildest of symptoms should get tested. 

The symptoms to watch out for are: 

  • fever 
  • chills or sweats 
  • cough 
  • sore throat 
  • shortness of breath 
  • runny nose 
  • loss or change in sense of smell or taste. 

Some people may also experience headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. 

Check the Testing Sites webpage for testing locations. 

QR codes and contact details 

It is very important that we leave our correct details when we visit businesses, cafes, cinemas, gyms, community centres or places of worship. We should use the QR codes to check in or leave our details with pen and paper. 

Ask for the QR code or paper contact list if you cannot see it. Ask for help if you have any difficulty leaving your details. 

Businesses must take reasonable steps to make sure their customers, staff and visitors have left correct contact details. This might mean you need a person at the door reminding people to check in with a QR code, helping them or taking their contact information with pen and paper.  

This information will only be shared in case of a positive case or a public exposure. It will waste time and be difficult to contact customers if a business has not collected correct contact information. 

Stay up to date

To stay up to date on changes to restrictions, new exposure sites and new test sites, follow DHHS on Facebook or Twitter. For more information about COVID,

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 access them via the links below. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials.

Chinese - Simplified and Traditional 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 简体中文 / 繁體中文
Including Mandarin and Cantonese audio files - 普通话/广东话


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ελληνικά


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - हिन्दी


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Italiano


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Persian (Farsi)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - فارسی


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