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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 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
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):

  • Wash your hands regularly. Use soap and water or carry hand sanitizer. This helps keeps us safe from coronavirus (COVID-19), which can live on surfaces for several days.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from other people.
  • You must always carry a face mask with you.
  • You must wear a face mask when visiting a hospital or care facility, on public transport, in a taxi or ride share and at airport and on flights (unless you have a lawful reason not to wear one).
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended in other situations when you cannot keep 1.5 metres away from other people. This lowers the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Meet family and friends outside, rather than inside. We are less likely to catch coronavirus (COVID-19) outside.
  • If you feel sick, get tested and stay home. Getting tested early, even if your symptoms are mild, helps slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • The coronavirus (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.

Victoria’s current restriction levels

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

Current restrictions

From this time:

  • Up to 200 people can meet outdoors. This must be outside in a public place, like a park or the beach – not at your home.
  • You may have up to 100 visitors to your home a day.
  • You can book holiday accommodation with your household and up to 100 people if you have a holiday in Victoria. Intimate partners and infants under 12 months do not count towards the 100 people.
  • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services can come to your home.
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes are open. They must apply the two square metre rule to limit the number of customers indoors and outdoors. Up to 25 customers are allowed before the two square metre rule is applied.
  • Casinos are open, with limits on the number of customers who can attend.
  • Live music is allowed.
  • Food courts are open.
  • Contact sports are permitted indoors and outdoors.
  • Gyms and indoor exercise classes are open. Gyms and indoor sports venues must apply the two square metre rule to limit the number of customers. Gyms without staff must apply the four square metre rule.
  • Pools are open and must apply the two square metre rule to limit the number of customers.
  • Cinemas are open with limits on the number of customers who can attend.
  • Weddings can occur. The size of the venue is used to calculate how many people can attend. The venue must apply the two square metre rule. If you hold a wedding at your home, up to 100 people can attend.
  • Funerals are allowed. The size of the venue is used to calculate how many people can attend. The venue must apply the two square metre rule. If you hold a funeral at your home, up to 100 guests can attend.
  • Religious gatherings are allowed. The limit on the number of people who can attend a religious gathering is calculated by applying the two square metre rule. There are no limits on the size of groups and indoor and outdoor ceremonies, and services can happen at the same time.
  • Community venues, including libraries and neighbourhood houses, are open. They must apply the two square metre rule to limit the number of people in their venue.
  • All venues must use electronic record keeping by 23 April.

Face masks

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home and wear it when required, unless you have a lawful reason not to wear a face mask. 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
  • you are out of breath while exercising.

Unless you have a lawful reason not to, you must wear a face mask when:

  • travelling on public transport
  • visiting a hospital or care facility
  • using taxis or ride share vehicles
  • at airports and on flights.

It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask when you cannot stay 1.5 metres away from other people.

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 coronavirus include:

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

The coronavirus (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 coronavirus (COVID-19) you must quarantine yourself for 14 days.

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

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 (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 and press three. 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 01 April 2021

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

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

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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