Community Update – 20 July 2021

Published: Tuesday 20 Jul 2021

The Premier has announced that the current lockdown restrictions in Victoria, will remain in place for at least another seven days in order stamp out this Delta variant and keep Victorians safe. This includes the five reasons to leave home.

The three major changes starting Wednesday 21 July are:

  • Education 

More students with disability will be able to return to on-site learning. Where a parent or carer indicates that a student with a disability cannot learn from home due to vulnerability or family stress, the school must provide on-site learning for that student. This change will apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.  

  • NSW/Victoria Border Closure

The Victorian border is effectively closed to New South Wales and the ACT – travel to Victoria using Red Zone Permits will be temporarily paused. For at least the next two weeks, Victorian residents in red zones will require an exemption to enter the state – and these will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

  • Authorised Premises and Authorised Worker List

Minor changes will be made to include services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, pet grooming mobile services and pamphlet delivery services. Further details can be found at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

What will not change

Face masks

Face masks must be worn inside and outdoors when away from home - unless an exemption applies.  

Public facilities

Outdoor playgrounds remain open. Essential retail stores are also open, with 1 person per 4sqm allowed.

Impact on Council services

These restrictions will alter the way we deliver some Council services. Updates can be found on Council’s website.

Council has again close a number of facilities. This includes Aqualink, Sportlink, arts facilities, Morack Public Golf Course, Youth Connexions and libraries. More information on facility closures is on our website.

We will continue to provide essential services to the Whitehorse community, such as Meals on Wheels, waste collection 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 customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au 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.

Stay up to date and play our part

If you have even mild symptoms, get tested, and stay at home while waiting for the results. Keep an eye on exposure sites and follow advice to test and isolate if it affects you.

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

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.

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

Greek

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ελληνικά

Hindi

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - हिन्दी

Italian

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Italiano

Korean

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 한국어

Persian (Farsi)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - فارسی

Vietnamese

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - tiếng Việt

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