Although the expectations of Victorian’s was to see further easing of restrictions from today (22nd June 2020), due to case numbers hitting the highest levels in more than two months, the reality is that we need to slow the easing of restrictions to try and slow the spread of Coronavirus.

As a result of this, the Government have extended the State of Emergency until 11.59pm 19 July 2020.

Below is a brief list of some of the changes, however for more detailed information, I’d encourage you to view the specifics via this link to the Department of Health and Human Services website.

From 22 June 2020:

HOSPITALITY VENUES

  • Restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets will remain at a limit of 20 patrons per enclosed space.
  • Groups of 10 people can dine or drink together. They can be seated at the same table.
  • Tables must continue to be spaced so that there is 1.5 metres between seated patrons at neighbouring tables.
  • Alcohol can be served without a meal when seated.
  • Bars, pubs, clubs and nightclubs can open for seated service only, with tables spaced 1.5 metres apart.
  • Retail TABs and TAB facilities inside licenses premises may open.

SPORT & EXERCISE

  • Indoor sport and recreation activities can resume and play centres can open, with a maximum of 20 people per space, and with up to 10 people per group class. There are no limits on the number of people per group or class if all participants are 18 years old or younger.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can have a maximum of 20 patrons. There is no limit on the number of people per lane in each pool.
  • Change rooms and showers can open, and clubrooms at sport venues can have up to 20 people per indoor space.
  • Contact sport training and competition can resume for people 18 years old or younger.
  • Non-contact competitions can resume for all ages.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • Libraries, including toy libraries, are permitted to open, with no more than 20 people allowed in each separate space, subject to the four square metre rule, in addition to those required to operate the library.
  • Community facilities are permitted to open with no more than 20 people allowed in each separate space, subject to the four square metre rule, in addition to those required to operate the facility.

TRAVEL

  • You are able to stay in a holiday home or private residence.
  • You are also able to stay in tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds.  Shared and communal facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms will be open.
  • The ski season will commence and accommodation in ski resorts will be open, subject to some restrictions

SOCIAL

  • We will have to reduce the number of visitors to our home to only 5 additional people on top of the normal residents in your household.
  • Organise a public gathering of up to 10 people in a public place.

For those of you who can work from home, please continue to do so until the end of July. 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP SOCIALLY DISTANT WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC AS WELL AS WHEN VISITING FRIENDS AND FAMILY.  WASH YOUR HANDS, USE HAND SANITISER AND IF YOU ARE UNWELL – STAY HOME.

Please continue to monitor information about Coronavirus via the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website or the Department of Health website to ensure you remain up to date. 

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have Coronavirus, the dedicated hotline is still available on: 1800 675 398.  If you show any symptoms at all, please go and get tested; information on where you can go can be found here.

This page is a helpful guide only

(Last updated on 22 June 2020)


KEY CONTACTS

Coronavirus Hotline – 1800 675 398

Business Victoria – 13 22 15

Business.gov.au – 13 28 46

Victoria Police Assistance Line – 131 444


WHAT DOES CORONAVIRUS LOOK LIKE?

The most common symptoms reported, as set out by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, include:

  • Cough or sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Fever
  • Sweat
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

SUPPORT FOR HOUSEHOLDS

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – JOBKEEPER PAYMENT.

On Monday 20 March, the Federal Government announced the introduction of a JobKeeper Payment Scheme, which will provide certain workers with a fortnightly payment of $1,500. The $130 billion scheme will assist up to 6 million Australians.

For more information about the package, visit:

– Information for employees

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – WORKER AND BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGE. 

The Federal Government has announced an additional $66.1 billion economic support package. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.

For more information about specific parts of the package, visit:

– Income support for individuals

– Payments to support households

– Temporary early access to superannuation

– Temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown rates

– Reducing social security deeming rates

To find out more information, visit the Federal Department of Treasury.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE RELIEF PACKAGE.

On Thursday 2 April, the Federal Government announcement the new Early Childhood Education and Care relief Package. From Monday 6 April weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care subsidy, to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs. Payments will be made until the end of the 2019-2020 financial year and families will not be charged fees during this time.

For more information about the package, visit the Federal Department of Education.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT – ECONOMIC SURVIVAL PACKAGE.

The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion support package.

Details of the package includes:

  • $500 million Working for Victoria Fund aimed at Government employment opportunities, job-matching, retraining, hardship support.

You can register, as a worker, in the Working for Victoria Fund.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT – FREE SESSIONAL KINDER.

Parents will be able to send their children to sessional kindergarten for free during Term Two and sessional providers will be given the funding certainty. The funding will provide approximately $485 per child for Term Two for each child enrolled in a funded kindergarten program. To be eligible for the additional funding, these services must not charge families and allow children to attend fifteen hours a week of kinder for free.

To find out more, please visit the Victorian Government announcement.

BANKING – HOME LOAN PAYMENT DEFERRALS.

The major four Australian banks have announced that home loan customers experiencing financial challenges, due to Coronavirus, will be also to pause their repayments by up to six months.

You can contact the major banks on the following numbers:

ANZ: 1800 351 548 | CBA: 133 095 | NAB: 1300 683 106 | Westpac: 132 032

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT – EMERGENCY FOOD PACAKGES.

Emergency Food Help.

Victorians who are required to self-isolate, due to the Coronavirus, are eligible to receive a two week supply of essential goods.

The relief packages will include items like: long life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be provided. They will include items like: soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Households with young children may be eligible to receive nappies and baby formula.

The emergency relief package program is being coordinated by the Red Cross and Foodbank Victoria.

Packages can be access through the Coronovirus Hotline: 1800 675 398.

FREE PHARMACY HOME DELIVERY.

From Monday 20 March, free pharmacy home delivery will be offered by Australia Post to support those isolating themselves at on the advice of a medical practitioner, people over seventy years of age, and people with chronic health conditions.

To find out more information, visit Australia Post.


SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – JOBKEEPER PAYMENT.

On Monday 20 March, the Federal Government announced the introduction of a JobKeeper Payment Scheme, which will provide certain workers with a fortnightly payment of $1,500. The $130 billion scheme will assist up to 6 million Australians.

For more information about the package, visit:

– Information for employers

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – WORKER AND BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGE. 

The Federal Government has announced an additional $66.1 billion economic support package. The Federal Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses.

For more information about specific parts of the package, visit:

– Boosting cash flow for employers

– Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

– Increasing the instant asset write-off

– Backing business investment

– Supporting apprentices and trainees

To find out more information, visit the Federal Department of Treasury.

To find more information, support, and resources for businesses affected by the Coronavirus, call 13 28 46 or visit Business Victoria.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT – ECONOMIC SURVIVAL PACKAGE.

The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion support package.

Details of the package includes:

  • $556 million the Government will provide full payroll tax refunds for the 2019-20 financial year to small and medium-sized businesses with payroll of less than $3 million.
  • The same businesses will also be able to defer any payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year until 1 January 2021.
  • $500 million Business Support Fund for businesses in the hardest hit sectors.
  • $100 million waiving of rent for businesses in Government buildings.
  • $30 million waiving of 2020 liquor licensing fees.
  • Commitment to pay State Government invoices within 5 days.

To find out more information, call the Business Victoria Coronavirus Hotline on 13 22 15.

You can register, as a business, in the Business Support Fund.

BANKING – LOAN PAYMENT DEFERRALS.

The major four Australian banks have announced that they will defer loan repayments for small businesses, affected by the Coronavirus, by up to six months. This announcement is welcome news in Victoria, where the 600,000 small businesses are the backbone of our economy.

You can contact the major banks on the following numbers:

ANZ: 1800 351 548 | CBA: 132 607 | NAB: 1300 769 650 | Westpac: 132 142