To keep yourself, your friends and your family safe there are four key actions that Victorians are being asked to continue:
- Stay at home and get tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild.
- Practise good hygiene – wash your hands and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
- Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from anyone you don’t live with.
- Wear a face mask when you leave home.
Stay home if you have symptoms
- Do not go to work or school.
- Do not visit anyone, especially older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Wash your hands
Good hygiene is critical for slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone should be taking the following hygiene actions:
Wash your hands
- Wash your hands regularly with for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water or use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Wash your hands when you get home, arrive at other people’s homes, at venues or at work.
- Wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet.
Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands
- Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands.
- If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you are wearing a face mask, leave it on.
- Do not share drink bottles, glasses, crockery or cutlery other than with people you live with.
- For information on staying safe while caring for an unwell family member or loved one, see How to care for those in isolation or quarantine
- For information for people who are elderly, have a chronic illness, who are immunocompromised, see About coronavirus.
Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with
- Greet people with a smile or wave - don’t shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.
- Stay 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.
- Avoid crowds, especially indoors.
- When waiting in line or walking through busy areas, be patient, give others space so they can give you yours.
Wear a face mask
Wearing a face mask protects you and your community by providing an additional physical barrier to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Everyone must wear a face mask when they leave home, unless a lawful exception applies.
For more information visit face masks.
- Keep eating a balanced diet.
- Get regular exercise and sleep.
- Reduce your alcohol intake.
- If you’re a smoker, think about and try quitting. Call the Quitline on 13 7848.
- Get vaccinated for flu (influenza). This will help reduce the demand on the healthcare system as it deals with coronavirus (COVID-19). Vaccines are now available from your GP and pharmacy.
Stay connected and support each other
It is important to keep connected as a community, even while physically distancing. You can support your friends and family by continuing these key actions:
- If you or a loved one is feeling anxious or concerned at this time, help and support is available.
- Where possible, keep connected to your family, friends and work colleagues through video conferencing, phone, email and social media.
- Look out for your neighbours and family members.
- Stay informed. Seek information from reputable sources, for example the coronavirus (COVID-19) section on this site.
Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces regularly (for example phones, keyboards, door handles, light switches, bench tops) can help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- First step is cleaning, which means wiping dirt and germs off a surface. You can use common household detergent products stocked at supermarkets for cleaning.
- Second step is to disinfect the surface. Supermarkets stock common household disinfection products – it is important to use products that are labelled "disinfectant" and to follow the instructions on the label.
- Further information for businesses is available at the Business sector page.
Actions for parents and guardians
If you are a parent or guardian, make plans in case your child becomes unwell and cannot attend childcare or school. Discuss with your employer if necessary.
If your school-aged child is unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should:
- Seek medical advice and get them tested.
- Keep them at home unless they need medical assistance. Do not let them go to the shops, a friend’s house, childcare or school. Keep them away from elderly grandparents and people with underlying medical conditions.
- If your child or young person is regularly cared for by grandparents or elderly family members, consider alternative options to reduce the risk of vulnerable people being exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).