Media release
31 December 2020

Victoria has recorded five new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

Of the five new cases, all are close contacts of the three locally acquired cases announced yesterday, bringing the total of locally acquired cases to eight. These five cases will be officially counted in tomorrow's case numbers.

All positive cases are in self isolation at their homes and their close contacts are being contacted and tested. More than 70 close contacts have been identified. Close contacts have been identified across Melbourne, in Leongatha and Barwon Heads.

There are now 16 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria. Nine of these are locally acquired cases and seven are in returning international travelers in hotel quarantine.

The details of the positive cases are 1 child under 18, 1 woman in her 70s, 2 men in their 70s and 1 man in their 40s.

In response to this serious and evolving situation of new cases appearing in Victoria, new Statewide restrictions come into effect from 5pm today.

  • The limit on the number of people gathering in the home will be reduced from 30 to 15, meaning the household members plus 15 visitors (excluding children under 12 months of age).  
  • Masks will be mandatory in public indoor spaces. If you have visitors in your home, it is strongly recommended that masks are worn during the visit.  Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking.  If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask.

Further changes will occur regarding the Victorian border and from 11.59pm 1 January 2021, Victoria will close its borders to New South Wales.

Under the changes, any Victorian currently in the Green Zone in New South Wales will have until 11.59pm tomorrow night (1 January 2021) to come home to Victoria.  This does not include Victorians in the Blue Mountains City Council and Wollongong City Council local government areas, which are categorised as Red Zone.

If Victorians return from the Green Zone before 11:59pm on 31 December 2020, they will need to get tested and quarantine at home until they get a negative test result.

Any Victorian arriving from the Green Zone after that time and before 11.59pm 1 January 2021 will need to get tested and quarantine at home for 14 days.

Victorians in the Blue Mountains City Council and Wollongong City Council local government areas must arrive before 11.59pm on 31 December 2020 and quarantine at home for 14 days.

Victorians are strongly advised to not travel to NSW. 

Several exposure sites have been identified as having been visited by positive COVID-19 cases.  Anyone who has been at the following locations on the listed dates and times must get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

Suburb

Site

Address

Date/Time visited

Black Rock

Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant

305 Beach Rd, Black Rock VIC 3193

21/12/20, 7:00pm-9:30pm

Cape Schanck

National Golf Club

The Cups Dr, Cape Schanck VIC 3939

30/12/20, 11.40am-1.30pm

Doveton

Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic

100 Power Rd, Doveton VIC 3177

26/12/20, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Fountain Gate Shopping Centre

Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts, Lo Costa

25-55 Overland Dr, Narre Warren VIC 3805

26/12/20, 9:00am-11:00am

Glen Waverley

Century City Walk

285-287 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley VIC 3150

28/12/20, 2:45pm showing of Wonder Woman - Gold Class

Glen Waverley

Mocha Jo’s

87 Kingsway, Glen Waverley VIC 3150

28/12/20, 1:30pm-1:45pm

Mentone

Mentone/Parkdale Beach

 

27/12/20, 10:00am-4:30pm

Oakleigh

Katialo restaurant, Eaton Mall

8 Eaton Mall, Oakleigh VIC 3166

28/12/20, 7:00pm-8:15pm

These locations have had confirmed cases visit during their infectious period. This does not mean that there is an ongoing risk associated with these sites, and you can safely visit these areas in line with current restrictions.

Exposure sites will be regularly updated as they are identified and can be found on the DHHS website at the case locations and outbreaks page.

In response to the increased need for testing caused by the new Victorians cases and the increasing number of close contacts, new testing sites are being established in areas of expected greatest need.  

Today, new testing sites have been established at the Don Tatnell Leisure Centre in Parkdale and at the Wantirna Trash and Treasure Market.  More testing sites will be set up over coming days as required.  

A total of 3,875,893 test results have been received in Victoria which is an increase of 13,097 since yesterday. Wastewater monitoring is continuing at more than 60 locations across Victoria.

A full list of all Victorian testing sites, including operating hours, can be found at Where to get tested page.

Further information about the Victorian wastewater testing program can be found at the Wastewater monitoring - coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.