Community Update - 16 September 2021

Published: Thursday 16 Sep 2021

With Victoria hitting our 70 per cent first dose vaccination target tomorrow, the Premier has announced some modest easing to restrictions from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September in lockdown areas of metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat.

The main changes include:

  • additional reason to leave home: outdoor social interaction
  • extended time permitted for exercise and social interactions to 4 hours
  • the distance you can travel from home increasing from 5km to 10K


Outdoor social interaction

Non-vaccinated or single-dose vaccinated: One person may meet another person not from their household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity for up to four hours.

If all adults present have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine: Up to five adults (plus dependants) from two households will be able to gather outdoors.

Outdoor exercise

Time for exercise increases from 2 hours to 4 hours per day. Two people will now be able to train outdoors with a personal trainer. Skate parks and outdoor communal exercise equipment will reopen.

Travel radius

The distance you can leave home for shopping for necessary goods and services, exercise and outdoor social interaction will increase from 5km to 10km (except construction work).


If you’re yet to be vaccinated, please book your appointment today – either in state-run centres, at your GP or local pharmacy. The best vaccine is the vaccine you can get today. Book online or phone 1800 675 398.

If have any questions or concerns you can talk to a GP, pharmacist or to a senior and experienced immuniser at our state-run sites or get information from or or via 1800 675 398.

Supporting Whitehorse Business Community

Whitehorse City Council is committed to providing support to local Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and it acknowledges that many SME’s have experienced severe impacts from COVID-19, and that some have been affected since January 2020.

Whitehorse Business Grants applications open on Monday 4 October 2021 and close Friday 22 October 2021.

Council services  

Our skate parks and playgrounds are open. Aqualink, Sportlink, arts facilities, Youth Connexions and libraries remain closed. Personal Training outdoors (1:2) through our Aqualink facilities will resume in the next few days. Check the Aqualink website for details, and feel free to lodge an enquiry through the Aqualink website.

Personal Training sessions can be either:

  • one person with a trainer
  • 2 people with a trainer

We will continue to provide essential services to the Whitehorse community, such as Meals on Wheels, waste collection, Maternal Child Health Services and childhood immunisation. 

Our Customer Service centres will be closed to visitors. They will continue to serve our community, but this will be online, via Council’s website, phone on 9262 6333 or email at and not in person. 

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. 

Translated Resources

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

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