The Sector Development Team is providing a consolidation of COVID-19 related emails.  This summary is to fortnight ending 15 January 2021.
In this edition: Department of Health – Protecting Older Australians: COVID 19 Updates Department of Health and Human Services – DHHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Just for fun…
– Daily job moods at work
Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 8 January 2021 In this edition: If you missed it, it is available: https://www.health.gov.au/news/newsletters/protecting-older-australians-covid-19-update-8-january-2021
Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 15 January 2021 In this edition: If you missed it, it is available: https://www.health.gov.au/news/newsletters/protecting-older-australians-covid-19-update-15-january-2021 Back to Top

Victoria’s Current Restrictions

Update on face masks

From 11.59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings. These requirements are in line with settings that were in place at Christmas time. Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:
  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • inside indoor markets
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals.
You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Update on office workers

From Monday 18 January 2021 more office workers will be able to make a partial return to the office. In line with previous announcements, up to 50 per cent of office workers who are not in the public service will be able to return to on-site work as well as up to 25 per cent of public service workers. Offices with fewer than 40 staff can have 20 staff on-site subject to density quotients. Additionally, from Monday 18 January 2021 face masks will no longer be required to be worn in offices. You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks-and-office-workers
More information can be viewed at the department’s website.
Travel Victoria has established a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria. From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website. The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones here. The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/travel-covidsafe-summer
For Service Providers https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/service-providers-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Information for community services https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-services-all-sector-coronavirus-covid-19

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