Community Update - 20 July 2020

Published: Monday 20 Jul 2020

People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will now be required to wear a face covering or mask when outside their homes. 

This rule will take effect from 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July, but for those who can, please start wearing yours immediately. 

You can be fined $200 for not wearing a face covering outside your home.

By covering our faces, we’re protecting ourselves, our families and every member of our community. So just as you remember your house keys and phone when you go out, please remember to take something to cover your face.

There will be some reasons not to wear a face covering. For example, those who have a medical reason, children under 12, those who have a professional reason or if it’s just not practical, like when running – however you will still be expected to carry your face covering at all times to wear when you can.

The Chief Health Officer of Victoria has issued this new direction, based on the latest evidence and the patterns and number of cases we are seeing. Find out more on the Restrictions: Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire webpage or Council's FAQ webpage.

Stay at Home Directions

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

  • Shopping for essentials
  • Care giving or receiving medical care
  • Outdoor exercise
  • Work or study, if you cannot do it from home

We must also try to maintain 1.5m physical distance, and maintain good hand hygiene. 

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

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.

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

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. 

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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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