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Covid-19 has hit with a vengeance here in Victoria, it's deadly and it's effects on Victoria, the Melbourne Population, Melbourne Business and the Melbourne Tourism Industry is devastating.

 Update here.

It's taken me days to get up the courage to write this page as every day things change. What was fine to do yesterday isn't anymore. The rules change overnight as the numbers of those contracting this virus escalate.

I will endeavor to keep this page up to date with relevant COVID-19 (Corona virus) updates as they pertain to Melbourne, Australia.

This is an extraordinary time in our lives, a time that we had no idea was about to disrupt, upturn and invade. I send each one of you my love and best wishes for a safe journey through the next months ahead.

Whilst you are here, why not spend some time exploring my hometown of Melbourne and hopefully in the not too distant future I might hear that you have been able to physically enjoy this beautiful city and its surrounding countryside.

In the meantime, please see below for updates.

Right now there are still only 4 reasons to leave your home:

  • Shopping for food and supplies that you need
  • Care and caregiving
  • Exercise and outdoor recreation
  • Work and education – if you can’t do it from home

The ongoing message to Victorians remains the same – if you can stay at home, please do so.

As of June 1st 2020, changes are as follows...

Travel Information | Household and Business Information

Southbank PromenadeA deserted Southbank Promenade as the Corona Virus takes hold

The Latest Melbourne News for Travelers - Corona Virus - NO CHANGES

  • As of midnight, 28 March 2020, all travellers arriving into Melbourne from overseas will be quarantined for two weeks in hotel rooms and other accommodation facilities after submitting an Isolation Declaration Card.

  • South Australia and New South Wales borders are closed. Travellers can return to Victoria and are required to carry out the mandatory 14 days quarantine requirements

  • Interstate travellers can return to their home states after fulfilling the mandatory 14 day quarantine requirements.

  • On 24 March the Prime Minister announced a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.This is on top of the standing advice from 18 March to not travel overseas at this time. While there are still commercial options available to return to Australia, take them.

  • From 11:59pm Saturday 28 March, all international travellers arriving in Australia regardless of nationality or point of departure must complete self-isolation for 14 days in designated facilities before they can go home. Self-isolation must happen in your city of arrival into Australia, no matter if you arrive by plane or cruise ship.

  • Effective from midnight AEDST 28 March 2020, if you’re arriving back in Australia you’ll be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at your first Australian destination.

  • You’ll be provided with suitable accommodation to stay in during this period. You’ll not be permitted to travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections, until the 14 day mandatory quarantine period has been completed. 
Qantas jetliner at Melbourne AirportQantas jetliner at Melbourne Airport

What to expect upon arrival to Australia

  • You’ll be required to fill out a form confirming you understand you have to complete the mandatory quarantine period of 14 days.
  • You’ll collect your luggage and go through the normal border clearance processes (customs, immigration and biosecurity).
  • Following border clearance, government officials will direct you to buses that will take you to your accommodation.
  • You may have to wait for transfer to and check in at your accommodation. Government officials will endeavour to make these waiting periods as comfortable as possible. Your cooperation and patience is appreciated

Corona Virus Arrangements for your 14 day quarantine period

  • A number of hotels across Australia have agreed to provide appropriate facilities for you to complete this mandatory quarantine period.
  • The accommodation will have all of the amenities and services you’ll need during your stay. It will be safe and hygienic.  Food, water and medical support will be provided. You will not incur costs as part of these quarantine arrangements.
  • Should you have health needs, for example prescriptions for regular medications, arrangements will be made to facilitate these requirements.
  • Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and applicable state legislation, you’ll have to remain in the allocated accommodation until you’re medically cleared to enter the Australian community. 

Government officials at the hotel will be awaiting your arrival. They’ll answer any questions you may have and assist you during your period of quarantine. These arrangements will be enforced by State and Territory Governments and supported by Commonwealth agencies.

self isolation in melbourneTraveller's quarantine isolation lockdown in Melbourne

Corona virus (Covid-19) Symptoms - How to 'Stay Healthy'

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection.

The virus can spread from person to person through:

  • close contact with an infectious person (including in the 24 hours before they started showing symptoms)
  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face

Symptoms of the Corona Virus can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

People with corona virus may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

See if you need to seek medical help or get tested. This tool is available online at any time.  Corona Virus checker

elderly vulnerable to the corona virusMelbourne Street Art - Elderly are most vulnerable to the Corona Virus

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the corona virus are:

  • travelers who have recently been overseas
  • those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • people in detention facilities
  • people in group residential settings
  • People who are more at risk of serious illness if they get the virus are:
    - people with compromised immune systems (eg. cancer)
    - elderly people
    - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they have higher rates of chronic illness
    - people with chronic medical conditions
    - people in group residential settings
    - very young children and babies

How to protect yourself and others from the Corona Virus

washing handsOne major determent to the Corona Virus is to wash your hands thoroughly

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the corona virus spreading.

When you practise good hygiene you:

  • cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • put used tissues straight into the bin
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs
  • clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes
  • increase the amount of fresh air available by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Everyone must also stay 1.5 metres away from other people whenever possible. This is called social distancing.

National Corona virus Helpline

Call this line if you are seeking information on corona virus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1800 020 080

What to do in Melbourne during the Corona Virus Restrictions 
What you CAN and CAN'T DO

What you need to know

  • Stay safe by maintaining good hygiene, keeping your distance from others and if you feel unwell stay home.
  • If you have symptoms of corona virus you should get tested. 
  • Schools remain closed.

Any easing of restrictions and 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.

melbourne street statueOne of the Melbourne CBD street statues - perhaps he knew the Corona Virus was coming?

Restaurants and Cafes

Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses will be limited to take away and delivery services only

Changes to these dates will be subject to the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

Social Gatherings

No gatherings are allowed

Entertainment and Culture

No gatherings are allowed

Community Services

None allowed

Sport and Exercise

Restrictions on all sport and exercise remain the same - no gatherings

Shopping, Retail and Personal Services

Limited in some instances to 'Click and Collect' only apart from Chemists and essential food outlets

Religion and Ceremony

No gatherings allowed

Free things to do in Melbourne Online

  • Live stream with Melbourne Zoo residents. Penguins, giraffes, baby snow leopards. No matter where you are right now, you can get constant cuteness from Melbourne Zoo’s Animal House.
    Work-from-home hack: switch on the TV, play the stream in the background and you’ve got yourself a whole new cast of colleagues.
  • The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra invites music lovers to keep the music going with a special online premiere concert series every Thursday evening. No crowds, plenty of chords. Keep an eye on the MSO’s website and YouTube channel for more concert updates.
  • Visit the Melbourne Museum at home with virtual tours, learn more about Melbourne online at the Marvelous Melbourne exhibition and lots of other fun things to explore from the Museum at Home collection 
  • The melbourne Comedy Festival has had to be cancelled but you can still catch a laugh when visiting past performances 
  • ACMI’s free Virtual Melbourne Cinémathèque
  • This weekly free film club will screen movies chosen by the learned minds behind ACMI and the Melbourne Cinémathèque Committee.
  • Visit the NGV – for free!
    From Hokusai’s great wave to herbarium couture by Christian Dior, most of the NGV International collection has been digitized for your online viewing pleasure. Search easily to see works by your favourite artists and creators
  • Make use of your time at home and order in, books I mean.
  • Settle in and enjoy your Netflix/Stan binge nights with wine and cheese delivered to your door

May I truly wish you all the very best of health over the next few months, Here's to us all enjoying life once more, well maybe not as we have done in the past, but perhaps a more wiser, cleaner and appreciative way once this Corona Virus attack has subsided. Stay Safe

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