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Corona Virus and Melbourne

Staying safe

  • As restrictions ease it is more important than ever that we act every day to keep ourselves and others safe. These actions below can help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask when you leave home, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors.
  • Face masks must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful reason not to.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell.

 Daily update here

Face Masks

  • Face masks will continue to be mandatory indoors, unless an exemption applies.
  • Face masks will not be required outdoors except where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as farmers’ markets and other outdoor retail. There is a requirement to carry a mask at all times.
  • You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. There are no limits on how far you can travel or the reasons you can travel. You do not need a permit to travel. The 25km limit on how far you can travel no longer applies.
  • You can go on holiday in Victoria and book accommodation. You can go camping. You can book accommodation to share with the people you live with, your intimate partner, and up to two other people and their dependents.
  • leave home - no restrictions on reasons to leave home or distance but stay safe.
  • public gatherings - up to 50 people outdoors.
  • visitors to the home - up to 15 visitors per day, can be from different households.
  • visiting hospitals and care facilities: no restrictions on purpose, number of visitors or length of time for visits. Hospitals and care facilities set rules for visitors.

For pubs and clubs and all other public gathering information click the link here

Southbank PromenadeA deserted Southbank Promenade as the Corona Virus takes hold

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
Qantas jetliner at Melbourne AirportQantas jetliner at Melbourne Airport

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. 

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

  • Cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants can serve up to 70 people outdoors and up to 40 people indoors. Smaller venues can seat a smaller number of customers in line with density limits and spacing requirements. Patrons must sign-in.

Border Closures

Information on all state border closures can be found here on this page

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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