COVIDSafe measures to keep Victorians safe
On the advice of public health experts, from 6pm tonight private home gatherings will be limited to five visitors per day, public gatherings will be limited to 30 people, and masks will need to be worn indoors, unless a ‘ exemption. The face mask requirement applies to all people 12 years of age and older. As public health officials work to pinpoint the origin of these latter cases, additional COVIDSafe measures will be put in place across Greater Melbourne to help protect the Victorians.
These additional measures are an important additional precaution as we await test results and undertake widespread contact traceability to eradicate the virus.
Schools and workplaces will remain open with current restrictions in place. Depending on the workplace, this includes COVIDSafe measures and, in some cases, a density requirement. There are no changes to the existing density rules.
Victorians living in the Melbourne metropolitan area and needing to travel to regional Victoria can still do so, restrictions travel with them.
For example, if you visit someone from outside the Melbourne metropolitan area, they must have no more than five visitors to their home on that day. If you are attending a public gathering outside of Greater Melbourne, it must not be larger than 30 people.
Victoria residents visiting the Victoria region from Melbourne will also need to wear a face mask when indoors even outside the metropolitan city of Melbourne, unless an exemption applies.
Keeping the most vulnerable members of our community safe is always our top priority, which is why restrictions on aged care hospitals and visitors will now also apply at the state level.
The use of the Service Victoria QR code service will still be mandatory in all locations and facilities requiring mandatory electronic registration starting Friday, May 28th.
However, due to current circumstances, we will stop moving to remove the density quotient in outdoor spaces and premises up to a maximum of 200 people in spaces of less than 400 square meters. The timing for this easing will be reassessed when public health councils indicate that it should be done.
The Public Health Advisory Board will advise as soon as possible at upcoming Level 1 and Level 2 events if changes are required for the event to continue.
We urge all Victorians to maintain COVIDSafe behaviors to keep our community safe and most importantly, if you are unwell, get tested as soon as possible and remain isolated until you receive a negative result.
All eligible Victorians are also advised to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Appointments are available at sites statewide and at participating GP clinics, even walk-ins are accepted at many sites. Check your eligibility and nearest site now.
For more information on current COVIDSafe settings, Victoria’s travel permit system and vaccination schedule, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino
“These additional measures aim to protect the Victorians as our coronavirus investigators work to track down any additional cases and eradicate the spread of this deadly virus.”
“If you are eligible to get vaccinated, don’t wait. Make an appointment or visit a vaccination site today. It is the best way to protect yourself and your family. “
Quotes attributable to Health Minister Martin Foley
“We ask anyone who has been to any of the listed exhibition sites to undergo testing and isolate as required – and that all Victorians abide by these additional measures so they can continue to stay safe and stay open.”
“These cases are an important reminder that until most Australians have been vaccinated and as we move into the winter, we cannot let any complacency creep in and we must keep our COVIDSafe behaviors.”