Coronavirus Latest News
The Department of Health and Human Services is the lead Victorian agency responding to the outbreak of coronavirus disease, and is working around the clock with health services, Commonwealth and international agencies to keep the Victorian community safe.
For the most accurate information and guidance about the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease, please go to www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit the DHHS website listed above for regular updates. Additional cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 are expected in Victoria as this illness continues to spread across the world.
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updats
DHHS have released transmission reduction measures, also known as social distancing measures, which outlines actions to help reduce the risk of infection and slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community. The measures include specific information for employers, organisations, childcare centres, kindergartens, schools, universities, TAFEs, health services and the transport industry.
Current Stage 3 restrictions:
On Saturday 20 June 2020, the Victorian Government announced the below amendment to stage 3 restrictions starting from 11:59pm Sunday 21 June:
- The number of visitors that you can have to your home has reduced to five visitors.
- Outdoor gatherings have reduced to a maximum group of ten people.
- Restaurants, pubs, auction halls, community halls, libraries, museums and places of worship remain at a maximum of 20 people in any one space until 12 July.
- Businesses including gyms, cinemas, theatres and TABs can open, with a maximum of 20 people per space.
- All changes to restrictions and the proposed dates are subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued and effective management of the spread of COVID-19.
For all details on COVID-19 restrictions please visit the Department of Human Health and Services website.
Some of the key measures for organisations and employers include:
- Cancel, postpone or reduce the size/frequency of activities, such as ceremonies, assemblies or celebrations.
- Cancel non-essential activities such as business travel, study visits, extra-curricular activities and sporting events.
- Encourage flexible working arrangements including working from home and off-peak travel.
- Provide alcohol sanitisers and/or soap to help limit infection.
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly, including desks and keyboards.
- Open windows, enhance airflow, adjust air conditioning.
- Where possible, avoid large indoor meetings and lunchrooms and use outdoor venues
- Plan for increased levels of staff absences and what to do if staff arrive sick at work.
For daily updates regarding progress on the coronavirus visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Your mental health
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger.
If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 or complete a virtual self assessment here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-self-assessment. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
If you suspect an individual or business is failing to comply with the restrictions set out by Australian and Victorian Government, please contact the Victoria Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
Visit the Department of Human Health and Services website for the latest updates.
This page was last updated 22 June