The Sector Development Team (SDT) has been providing a consolidation of COVID-19 related emails, however with the current state, this will be our last edition. All links have been included for you to access updates relevant to your needs.
Should there be further restrictions imposed in the future, the SDT will revisit the need for this newsletter to resume.
This summary is to fortnight ending 29 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
Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 22 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-22-january-2021

Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 29 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-29-january-2021
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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 Update on COVIDSafe Summer Following reduced exposure risk and continued low community transmission, from 11:59pm on Friday 22 January the number of visitors to your home increases from 15 to 30. This means that:
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home.
  • Fitted face masks must be worn in some public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to. Face masks continue to be mandatory on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • You can have up to 30 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.
  • Up to 100 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria to stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs can open for seated and unseated service. They must use electronic record keeping and apply the two square metre rule to ensure that customers have enough room to keep 1.5 metres between themselves and others. There are no other limits on the number of customers. Venues can have up to 25 people before the two square metre rule needs to be applied.
  • Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur with no limits on the number of guests or attendees. To ensure people can keep 1.5 metres distance the venue must apply the two square metre rule. If a service is conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (30 visitors).
  • Dance floors can reopen in bars and pubs as well as at weddings. The four-square metre rule must be applied to limit the number of people on the dance floor and there can only be up to 50 people on the dancefloor at one time, if space allows.
  • There are also changes to the number of people allowed at community facilities such as libraries, sporting facilities (such as gyms), and entertainment facilities (such as cinemas).
 
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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Melanie Perks           Wellness and Reablement Consultant           0409 945 301 melaniep@bchc.org.au Kathleen Steenhuis    Project Consultant    0418 309 489 kathleens@bchc.org.au
Shanaya Sheridan Aboriginal Development Officer 0409 388 890 shanayas@bchc.org.au Gabrielle Fraser Diversity Advisor Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 0490 051 171 gabriellef@bchc.org.au
Sonya Irvine Administration 0477 304 402 sonyai@bchc.org.au
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