Community Update - 7 January 2021

Published: Thursday 07 Jan 2021

There Black Rock Restaurant Outbreak has grown to more than 25 cases of COVID-19. These cases live all across Victoria. This outbreak has been linked to NSW strains of the virus. 

There are additional cases within hotel quarantine. 

New restrictions

From 31 December 2020, you can have up to 15 visitors to your home per day. 

You must wear masks in all indoor settings outside your home, except when exercising strenuously, eating, drinking, if you are under 12, or have an exemption. 

The border to NSW is closed. There is a permit system in place for people in NSW who want to enter Victoria.

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.   

If you are a Victorian who plans to travel to New South Wales and you haven’t yet left Victoria you should postpone, cancel or change your travel plans.

Who should get tested?

If you have returned from NSW, you should follow the testing advice on your permit or the text message you would have received. 

If you have visited one of the public exposure sites on the relevant dates, you should check what action is required. There are 3 categories of risk:

  • Some sites require that you get tested and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure time, whether or not they have symptoms. 
  • Some sites require that you get tested and then stay home while you wait for a negative result, whether or not they have symptoms. 
  • Some sites require that you watch for symptoms, and if you have symptoms, then get tested and wait at home for a negative result. 

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. 

Where to get tested?

Test sites in or near Whitehorse include:

  • East Ringwood Reserve (formerly the Maroondah Club), 49A Mt Dandenong Rd, East Ringwood
  • Wantirna Trash and Treasure, 251 Mountain  Highway, Wantirna
  • Box Hill Hospital, corner Nelson Rd & Arnold St, Box Hill
  • EACH Respiratory Clinic, 46 Warrandyte Rd, Ringwood
  • Swinburne University carpark, Riverpark Drive, Wantirna

Some sites open and close or change their hours depending on demand. Check the Testing Sites webpage before going out to be tested. 

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, www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

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

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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