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On Sunday 6 September, the Victorian Government announced a Coronavirus roadmap to reopening. This involved five steps with various restrictions being eased.
From Monday 28 September Metropolitan Melbourne entered the Second Step to reopening.
From 11.59pm on Sunday 27 September 2020, restrictions changeed for Metropolitan Melbourne (including the whole of the City of Whittlesea):
The 5km rule still applies.
Restrictions are different for regional areas.
Melbourne will move to the next step on at the earliest on 19 October if cases reach an average of 5 per day over the preceeding 14-day period with less than 5 cases of unknown transmission, subject to health advice.
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility.
Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for more information about how restrictions apply to:
To report a suspected breach of public health restrictions, such as:
Contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or report online.
Restrictions are in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives.
Victorians with even mild symptoms are asked to get tested to help the government better track the spread of the virus.
The symptoms to watch out for are:
In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.
Tests are free and you should bring your Medicare card.
To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or speak to your local doctor.
A new Call-to-Test serviced will enable vulnerable people who cannot leave home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons to get tested at home. Read more about about to access this service.
Testing is available at the Northern Hospital in Epping and Austin Health in Heidelberg.
Testing is also available at the following pop-up testing sites:
You can also get tested at:
Call 1800 675 398 for more information or
If you HAVE symptoms, no matter how mild, and get tested you need to STAY HOME until you received your coronavirus test result.
You may be eligible for a Victorian Government payment if you don't have access to sick leave and are required to isolate. More information is available here.
You should take the following actions to stay safe:
More information is available here.
Yes. The CovidSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The most reliable information on the coronavirus can be found on both the Victorian and Australian government’s websites.
1800 675 398
There is a self assessment tool available on the DHHS website which helps assess if you are at risk of COVID-19.
Download the Australian Government's information app:
Download the COVIDSafe app:
You can call the coronavirus hotline if you have concerns: 1800 675 398. If you need an interpreter call 131 450.
Translated Government messaging can be found on the Victorian Government DHHS Youtube channel.
SBS information hub has multiple languages: SBS website
DPV Health multicultural resources: DPV Health
Victorian Multicultural Commission has range of information about COVID-19 in other languages
There is now a Disability Information Helpline you can call on 1800 643 787 for all kinds of coronavirus-related help and information.
The hotline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.