Information, updates and advice about the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are concerned, call the coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

What you must remember

  • You must wear a face covering when you leave home.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Don’t go to work.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must get tested.
  • The coronavirus test is free for everyone. This includes people without a Medicare card, such as visitors from overseas, migrant workers and asylum seekers.

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Victoria’s current restriction levels

The plan for easing restrictions and the steps for Victoria to get to COVID Normal are set out in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to re-opening.

There is one plan for metropolitan Melbourne and one for regional Victoria.

The Chief Health Officer can change the restrictions if the situation changes.

Metropolitan Melbourne

Second Step: from 28 September 2020 in metropolitan Melbourne.

There is no longer a curfew in metropolitan Melbourne from 5am on 28 September 2020.

You can leave home at any time for one of the four reasons:

  • Shopping for food or other essential items
  • Exercise (outdoor and limited)
  • Permitted work
  • Caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment.

For exercise and shopping for essential items, you must stay within 5km of your home.

From this time:

  • Up to five people from two households can see each other outdoors.
  • There will be a staged return to school for students in Prep to Grade 6, VCE/VET/VCAL, and specialist schools in Term 4.
  • Childcare reopens.
  • More workplaces can open.
  • Outdoor pools reopen, personal training for up to two people per trainer.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings of up to five people and one faith leader are permitted.
  • Weddings are allowed outdoors with up to five people (this includes the couple and two witnesses).
  • You can be fined by Victoria Police up to $4,957 if you travel to regional Victoria without a lawful reason. You can also be fined if you see friends and family you don’t live with in groups larger than five people outside. You can be fined if you have friends or family visit your home without a valid reason, such as providing care.

Third Step: if there is an average of less than five new cases (state-wide) in the previous 14 days (state-wide), and if the health experts agree.

From this time:

  • There is no curfew and no restrictions on leaving home or the distances you can travel.
  • Up to 10 people can gather outdoors.
  • You can have up to five visitors to your home from another household. It must be the same household.
  • Students in Grade 7 to Year 10 might be able to go back to school if we have a low number of cases and if the health experts agree.
  • Shops and hairdressers reopen.
  • Restaurants and cafes can open with outdoor seated service and a group limit of 10 people.
  • Staged return of outdoor non-contact sport for adults. Outdoor sport resumes for people under 18 years (contact and non-contact).

Last Step: subject to public health advice and if there have been no new cases in the previous 14 days and the health experts agree.

From this time:

  • Up to 50 people can gather outdoors.
  • You can have up to 20 visitors at your home.
  • All shops are open.
  • Restaurants and cafes can open with group limits of 20 people for seated service inside, and a limit of 50 patrons.
  • Sport can resume, subject to safety measures. Contact sport resumes for all ages.
  • Weddings and funerals can have up to 50 people attend.
  • Public religious worship resumes, subject to the four square metre rule.

COVID Normal: if no new cases occur for 28 days, and there are no active cases (state-wide), and no outbreaks of concern in Australia, and the health experts agree.

From this time:

  • Restrictions are eased or lifted subject to safety conditions.
  • There is a staged return to onsite work for people who have been working at home.
  • No limits for weddings or funerals.
  • No limits on gatherings or visitors at home.

Regional Victoria

Third Step: from 11.59pm on 16 September 2020 in regional Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home or the distance you can travel in regional Victoria.
  • Up to 10 people can gather outdoors.
  • You can have up to five visitors to your home from another household. The visitors must be from the same household. You can select only one other household that can visit during these restrictions. Babies under 12 months of age do not count as part of the cap.
  • Restaurants and cafes can open with outdoor seated service, with a group limit of 10 people.
  • There is a staged return of outdoor non-contact sport for adults. Outdoor sport resumes for people under 18 years (contact and non-contact).

Last Step: subject to public health advice and if there are no new cases (statewide) in the previous 14 days and depending on the advice of health experts.

From this time:

  • Up to 50 people can gather outdoors.
  • You can have up to 20 visitors at your home.
  • All shops are open.
  • Restaurants and cafes can open with an indoor group limit of 20 people for seated service limit of 50 patrons in total.
  • Sport can open, subject to safety measures. Contact sport resumes for all ages.
  • Weddings and funerals can have up to 50 people attend.
  • Public religious worship resumes, subject to the four square metre rule.

COVID Normal – if no new cases occur for 28 days, and there are no active cases (state-wide), and no outbreaks of concern in Australia.

From this time:

  • Restrictions are eased or lifted, subject to safety conditions.
  • Staged return to onsite work for people who have been working at home.
  • No limits for weddings or funerals.
  • No limits on gatherings or visitors at home.

How to stay safe and well

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still with us and can spread quickly. To help keep our families and communities safe, we all have to do our part.

Here are simple things you can do to stay safe:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people.
  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth if you have to leave home.
  • Go to your medical check-ups.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Don’t visit family or go to work.
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms and then go straight home.

Support is available

If you are worried about losing income while you wait for your test results, you may be eligible for a $450 coronavirus (COVID-19 ) Test Isolation Payment.

If you test positive or are a close contact of a confirmed case, you may be eligible for a $1,500 payment. For more information call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. If you need an interpreter, press zero (0).

If you or someone you know is feeling anxious or concerned, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348. If you need an interpreter, first call 131 450.

If you are feeling isolated, you can call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 and press three. You will be connected to a volunteer from the Australian Red Cross who can link you with local support services.

Face coverings

Every Victorian 12 years and older must wear a face covering when leaving home, unless they have a legal reason not to. For example:

  • if you have a medical condition such as a serious skin condition on your face or a breathing problem
  • if you are in the car, either alone or with someone from your household
  • if you are doing strenuous exercise, but you must still carry a face covering
  • from 11:59pm 11 October you must wear a face covering or mask that covers the nose and mouth. You cannot wear a face shield only.

Testing and isolation

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must get tested and stay home until you get your result. Do not go to work or to the shops.

Symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • Fever, chills or sweats
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

The coronavirus (COVID-19) test is free for everyone. This includes people without a Medicare card, such as visitors from overseas, migrant workers and asylum seekers.

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you must isolate in your home.

If you are a close contact of someone with coronavirus (COVID-19) you must quarantine yourself for 14 days.