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Changes to Victorian Government COVID restrictions from Thursday, 18 February 2021

Posted: 19 February 2021

From 11.59pm, 17 February, 2021, the Victorian Government lifted the lockdown restrictions across the entire state of Victoria.Victoria has now returned to COVID SafeSummer restrictions, with some revised conditions.You can find more information here.

What does this mean?

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home.
  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
  • Face masks continue to be mandatory indoors (other than residential homes), including workplaces.
  • You can have up to 5 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • Up to 20 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • No limits on travel to regional Victoria.
  • No limits on interstate travel (subject to visiting state’s entry conditions).
  • Schools and education providers are open.
  • Workers able to return onsite if required. (Return to work for up to 50 per cent of office-based workers). For Baptcare, please note that Covid safe plans must be in place for all locations and Camberwell remains off limits without approval from your general manager due to continued building works.
  • There are still limits on visiting and accessing hospitals and care facilities, but some of the earlier restrictions have been eased.

You can see the full list of restrictions here.

How does this lockdown affect our services?

Residential Aged Care:

Visits can re-commence within the requirements outlined in the latest Care Directions, specifically:

  • A maximum of five people from one household can visit once each day, for a maximum of one hour;
  • Where essential care giving and support is required (where support cannot reasonably be provided by electronic means), one visitor can attend at any one time;
  • In the case of end of life care and support, maximum of two visitors at any one time
  • Visitors must carry a face mask, wear it indoors and outdoors where 1.5m physical distancing cannot be maintained; and
  • Eye protection reverts back to pre “circuit breaker” lockdown conditions.  Eye protection is required when directly involved in treating confirmed and suspected cases of covid 19.  All staff no longer need to wear eye protection at all times.

In-Home Care:

  • Services with customers in the community (including shopping, escort and respite) will recommence today.
  • Day Centres and Day Therapy will re-open on Monday 22nd February.
  • Masks will continue to be worn in line with DHHS guidelines and, until further notice, eye protection (goggles or face shield) remain a mandatory PPE for all community workers.

Retirement Living Community Centres: open today with activities currently in operation.

Family & Community Services: client visits will resume where possible or be replaced with virtual meetings.

Volunteers who have been inducted and trained will return to work today.

Where can I get more information?

Please refer to the official DHSS Directions here.