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Health advice and restrictions - English

Information, updates and advice about the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are concerned, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450, or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and press option 0.
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

What you must remember

There are important things we can do to keep our families and community safe from coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Carry a mask at all times and wear a mask when you are outside of your own home, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Use soap and water or use hand sanitiser. This helps keep us safe from COVID-19, which can live on surfaces for several days.
  • Keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people.
  • If you feel sick, get tested and stay home. Getting tested early, even if your symptoms are mild, helps slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 test is free for everyone. This includes people without a Medicare card, such as visitors from overseas, migrant workers and people seeking asylum.
  • Get COVID-19 vaccinated if you are eligible to do so.
  • If you enter a business or workplace, you must check in using the Service Victoria app.

Victoria’s current restriction levels

The Victorian Chief Health Officer can change the restrictions if the situation changes.

From 11:59 pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home.
  • There are no limits on the distance you can travel.
  • You can travel throughout Victoria, however there are some restrictions on travel to alpine resorts.
  • You can only travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts if you have taken a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arriving at the alpine resort, and you have received a negative test result prior to arriving. Children under 12 years old do not need to be tested. You must be able to show evidence of a negative test result as a condition of entry into the ski fields, for example a text message from your testing provider.
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • You must wear a face mask indoors and outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies. You do not need to wear a face mask at your home or the home of your intimate partner.
  • Private gatherings are not permitted. This means that you are not allowed to have friends or family visit your home and you are not allowed to visit their home.
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people (excluding infants under 12 months old). A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard at home.
  • If you enter a business or workplace, you must check in using the Service Victoria app. This includes at places like supermarkets, cafes and workplace offices.

Work and education

  • Schools and childcare are open.
  • Universities and higher education facilities are open.
  • If you can work or study from home, you must continue to do so.
  • If you can’t work from home, you can go to work.
  • Workplaces like offices can increase to 25% capacity or 10 people, whichever is greater. This cap can be exceeded if more than 25% or 10 people (whichever is greater) are not able to work from home.

Goods and services

  • Shops are open, with a density limit of 1 person per 4sqm. While shopping you need to keep to the limit of patrons allowed in a shop. This limit helps everyone in the shop keep 1.5 metres distance from each other.
  • Beauty and personal care services are open, with a density limit of 1 person per 4sqm. Masks can be removed when needed to complete the treatment, such as facials or beard trimming. Your service provider will need to wear a face mask, unless a lawful exception applies.

Sport

  • All community sports are permitted indoors and outdoors.
  • The minimum number of participants (players, coaches, referees, officials and carers/parents) needed to train or compete are permitted to attend, subject to density limits.
  • Indoor physical recreation centres, including gyms, are open with density limits.
  • Group exercise classes, both indoors and outdoors, are allowed with a limit of 10 people.
  • Pools are open, with a maximum of 100 people per space indoors and 300 people per space outdoors.

Religion and ceremony

  • Weddings can have up to a maximum of 50 people attend. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. The celebrant, photographer and others working at the event are not included in this limit.
  • Funerals can have up to 50 people. The people required to conduct the funeral are not included in this limit.
  • Religious gatherings can occur with up to 100 people indoors and 300 people outdoors. Density limits of 1 person per 4 sqm also apply.

Hospitality

  • Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can open with seated service for a total venue cap of up to 100 people. Density limits also apply. All venues will have a COVID Check-In Marshal to monitor people checking in with the Service Victoria app.
  • Venues smaller than 100 sqm can have up to 25 people.
  • Food courts are open for seated service. Density limits apply with a maximum patron cap of 100 per venue.

Entertainment

  • Entertainment venues such as cinemas, casinos, pokies, arcades, karaoke and nightclubs are open with density limits, patron caps and group limits and a COVID Check-in Marshal present.
  • Community venues, including libraries and neighbourhood houses, are open for up to 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space. Density limits also apply. The maximum group size is 10 people.
  • All venues will have a COVID Check-in Marshal to monitor people checking in with the Service Victoria app.

Face masks

  • Anyone aged 12 and over must wear a face mask indoors and outdoors unless a lawful exception applies. You do not need to wear a face mask at home.
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Examples of a lawful reason to not wear a face mask include:
    • if you have a medical condition such as a serious skin condition on your face or a breathing problem
    • if you are out of breath while exercising.

Testing and isolation

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must get tested and stay home until you get your result. Do not go to work or to the shops.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever, chills or sweats
  • cough or sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss of sense of smell or taste

The COVID-19 test is free for everyone. This includes people without a Medicare card, such as visitors from overseas, migrant workers and asylum seekers.

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you must isolate (stay) in your home.

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 you must quarantine (stay at home) for 14 days and until you are advised you can leave quarantine by an Authorised Officer from the Department of Health.

If you live with, or have spent time with, someone who is a close contact, you will also be asked to stay at home.

Public exposure sites

What you need to do

If you have been to any of the exposure sites during the specified times:

Click here to view the latest exposure sites

These premises have had confirmed cases visit during their infectious period. This does not mean that there is an ongoing risk associated with the premises. You can safely visit the site in line with current restrictions.

The exposure period reflects the date or time that someone with COVID-19 visited that location. This visit occurred during the time that person was infectious. This includes 48 hours prior to them developing symptoms.

Locations are identified during contact tracing. Contact tracing occurs after someone tests positive for COVID-19.

Locations stay on the list for 14 days after the last time someone with COVID-19 visited during the period. 14 days is the longest period of time (incubation period) that someone who visited a location and came in to contact with someone who has COVID-19 could have the virus before they show symptoms.

Risk locations will remain on the list for 14 days from the most recent exposure.

Find public exposure sites

Click here to view the latest exposure sites or view a map of public exposure sites in Victoria.

For those who have travelled across Australia, please published list of exposure sites for each state below;

If you are in Victoria and have been to these locations in the specified times, follow the listed advice and contact us at 1300 651 160.

These venues are updated as new information is received so please check back regularly.

To view locations of testing sites, visit Where to get tested.

Tiers 1, 2, and 3 explained

Tier 1 exposure sites

Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. You should also contact the Department of Health on 1300 651 160.

Tier 2 exposure sites

Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should urgently get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result. You should also contact the Department of Health on 1300 651 160.

Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Tier 3 exposure sites

Anyone who has visited a Tier 3 exposure site during times listed should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, immediately get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you receive a negative result.

Who can I call if I need help?

If you need help call the Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 675 398.

If you require a phone interpreter, please contact TIS National on 131 450.

Support is available

If you are worried about losing income while you wait for your test results, you may be eligible for a $450 coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation support. This will help support you to stay home.

If you test positive or are a close contact of a confirmed case, you may be eligible for a $1,500 payment. For more information call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. If you need an interpreter, press zero (0).

If you or someone you know is feeling anxious or concerned, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348. If you need an interpreter, first call 131 450.

If you are feeling isolated, you can call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and press three (3). If you need an interpreter, press zero (0). You will be connected to a volunteer from the Australian Red Cross who can link you with local support services.

Resources

Please use the materials below and share them with your community by email, social media or other community networks.

Testing and isolation

Staying safe

Getting help

Face masks

Reviewed 28 July 2021

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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