Staying safe and doing your bit to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Key points

To keep yourself, and your friends and family safe there are three key actions that Victorians are being asked to continue as restrictions are eased:

  • Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Practise good hygiene.
  • Stay at home if you are unwell.

Keep your distance – keep 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with

  • Don’t shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.
  • Keep 1.5 metres is kept away from people you don’t live with
  • When waiting in line or walking through busy areas, be patient, give others space so they can give you yours.
  • The easiest way to stay safe is to stay at home when you can and limit the number of trips you make away from home.

Stay healthy and connected as a community

Stay healthy with good nutrition, regular exercise and sleep. Limit alcohol intake and smokers should consider quitting.

It is important to keep connected as a community, even while physically distancing. You can do this by taking some simple steps.

  • Stay informed. Use information from reputable sources, for example the coronavirus (COVID-19) section on this site.
  • Support others in your community. Look out for your neighbours and family members.
  • Where possible, keep connected to your family, friends and work colleagues through phone, email and social media. 
  • Do not over-buy foods, medicines or other goods. 

Stay healthy - practise good hygiene

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 a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Wash your hands when you get home, arrive at other people’s homes, or arrive at work.
  • Wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet.

Other actions

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share drink bottles, crockery or cutlery other than with people you live with.
  • 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.
  • For information on staying safe while caring for an unwell family member or loved one, see Caring for others and animals.
  • For information for people who are elderly, have a chronic illness, who are immunocompromised, see About coronavirus.

Cleaning

Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly e.g. phones, keyboards, door handles, light switches, bench tops can help stop the spread of coronavirus.

How should surfaces be cleaned and disinfected?

The first step is cleaning, which means wiping dirt and germs off a surface. You can use common household detergent products for cleaning, they are stocked at supermarkets. The next step is to disinfect the surface. Again, supermarkets stock common household disinfection products – it is important to use products that are labelled “disinfectant” and to follow the instructions on the label.

Stay home if you are unwell

It is more important than ever that you stay at home if you are unwell. Even if you only have mild symptoms or feel a little unwell you should stay at home.

  • If you are unwell, do not visit anyone, especially vulnerable people.
  • If you are unwell, you should not go to work or school.
  • If you feel unwell, even if you have previously tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19), you should stay at home until completely well and it has been three days (72 hours) since you last had a fever.
  • If you have the symptoms of coronavirus you should get tested. 
  • You can find information on getting tested for coronavirus

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 needed.

If your school-aged child is unwell you should:

  • Keep them at home unless they need medical assistance.  Do not let them go to the shops, 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 protect the health of their grandparent or elderly family member.