A few people have been asking me about what the Stage 3 restrictions will look like for Regional Victoria from midnight tonight.
These restrictions are in response to increasing numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to slow the spread in the community.
There are four reasons that you can leave home:
- Shopping for food and essential items
- To provide caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
- For exercise with one other person or your household members
- Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home.
If people can and have been working from home, they will need to continue to work from home.
Face coverings for people over 12 year of age will continue to be compulsory when you leave home for any reason.
No visitors are allowed at your home.
WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR BUSINESSES IN REGIONAL VICTORIA?
Some businesses and facilities are required to close. Others may open for takeaway only.
- Restaurants and cafes can continue to open for delivery and takeaway only.
- Food courts will be closed, but food outlets within the food courts can open for takeaway or delivery.
- Pubs, bars, clubs and nightclubs will be closed. They can offer takeaway or home delivery of food and alcohol only.
- Bottle shops can remain open
- Beauty and personal services, entertainment and cultural venues will need to close.
- Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools will be closed.
- Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, plus the instructor.
- Community sport training and competition will stop.
Shopping centres, retail outlets, constructions sites, farms and other businesses not listed above can remain open. However, strict density, social distancing and cleaning requirements need to be adhered to. Staff and the general public must wear face coverings unless they have a lawful reason for not doing so.
For detailed information visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stage-3-restrictions-covid-19
BUSINESS SUPPORT FUND
For businesses impacted by the latest restrictions, a $5,000 grant is available to eligible businesses. If you are – or know of an employing business that could benefit from the $5,000 business support grant visit: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/…/bus…/business-support-fund
Applications for the program will be extended until 14 September 2020.
SCHOOL / EDUCATION ARRANGEMENTS
The following is a summary of the impact of Stage 3 restrictions of study and education for Regional Victoria:
- Childcare and kindergartens remain open in regional Victoria
- Playgroups will stop meeting
- All primary and secondary school students will return to flexible and remote learning from home from Wednesday, 5 August 2020.
- Onsite supervision will be offered for children whose parents are permitted workers, vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home and children with a disability.
- Students aged 12 and over must wear a face covering if they are doing onsite supervision, unless they are attending primary school. Students under the age of 12 do not have to wear a face covering.
- It is not compulsory for teachers, educators and carers to wear face coverings while teaching or caring for children, as face coverings can interfere with their ability to clearly communicate with students or children in their care. Teachers, educators and carers can choose to wear face coverings if they wish when teaching or providing care for children. However, teachers, educators and carers must wear face coverings in other areas of the school/facility when not teaching or providing care.
- Teachers can attend school to teach remote and flexible learning to students at home if they need to. Otherwise they must work from home.
- University, TAFE and adult education students should continue to learn remotely or online where possible.
- Even while wearing a face covering, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between others.
For detailed information on education visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/work-and-study-regional-victoria-covid-19#summary-of-restrictions
If you are feeling unwell please stay home.
If you have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills or sweat, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense smell or taste get tested.
You can find a testing location nearby by visiting https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19
If you have any questions please email or call my office on 1300 122 905.