Information about travel for those living in the Mitchell Shire.

Key points

From 11:59pm, 8 July 2020 if you live in the Mitchell Shire the Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions apply. 

Under the new restrictions there are only four reasons that you can leave home: 

  • to shop for food and essential goods or services
  • to provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  • to exercise
  • for work or study, if you can’t do it from home

You cannot have visitors or visit friends and family who live at another household, except for caregiving or compassionate reasons.

Your questions answered

Can I go on holiday?

No, holidays are not a reason you can leave your home. Under the new restrictions there are only four reasons that you can leave home: shopping for food and essential items, care, caregiving or compassionate reasons, exercise, and work or study – if you can’t do it from home.

I live in Melbourne but I am currently on holidays – am I required to return home? 

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July, if you normally live in the  Mitchell Shire but are on holidays elsewhere, you can continue that holiday but you must not attend attractions, entertainment venues, and dine-in restaurants, cafes or bars. However, people who live in the Mitchell Shire must not extend their holidays beyond their original booking. 
 
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020, people living in the Mitchell Shire are required to stay at home except for the four reasons (shopping for food or essential items, care or compassionate reasons, exercise or outdoor recreation, and work or study – if you can’t do it from home) and will not be permitted to leave home for the purposes of a holiday.

What if I have booked a holiday, can I still go?

No. The return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions means people in the Mitchell Shire will have to cancel travel bookings, unless they are included in the four reasons that you can leave home. The accommodation operators will need to provide refunds and are eligible to receive assistance through Business Victoria.

These measures are critical to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to new areas of Victoria.

I live in Melbourne. Can I pick up a pet in regional Victoria? 

You can leave home to pick up a pet.  

If you are picking up a pet you should keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others and practice good hygiene, including washing your hands regularly.   

The Stay at Home restrictions travel with you, so you need to abide by the same rules as if you were at home.   

Can I travel to stay overnight?

No. The return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions means people in the Mitchell Shire are not allowed to travel unless it is for work or study (if you cannot do these things from home), caregiving, seeking medical care or to visit your partner.

Can I travel to my holiday house?

No. If you live in the Mitchell Shire you must not leave home unless it is for one of the four reasons. The only reason to travel to a holiday house is to carry out essential maintenance.

When the Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions take effect at 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July, your principal place of residence determines the restrictions that apply to you. If your principal place of residence is in the Mitchell Shire, then the Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions apply to you. 

If you are living outside of the Mitchell Shire then the Stay Safe restrictions for Victoria apply to you. Please visit for more information.

We know this is difficult but we ask all Victorians to apply common sense so we can stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to new areas of Victoria.

Can I travel interstate if I reside in Melbourne?

Travelling interstate is not recommended. If you do need to travel interstate for a permitted reason, you should check the rules that your destination state or territory has in place.

Can I drive my car?

Yes, but you should only leave home for one of the four reasons, such as driving to a local shop for food or essential items or driving to work.

Can I have passengers in my car?

Where possible, carrying passengers in your car should be avoided, unless they live in your household. The enclosed space of a car presents a heightened risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Can I get out of the house and just go for a drive?

Yes, however this can only be undertaken within the Mitchell Shire, and should not involve leaving your vehicle for any purpose except for the four reasons (shopping for necessary goods or services, care, caregiving or compassionate reasons, exercise, and work or study).

Can I use taxis and ride-shares?

Yes, but only for one of the four permitted reasons for leaving home. Where possible, maintain physical distancing by sitting in the back seat, and wash or sanitise your hands before and after getting in the vehicle.

Can I use public transport?

Yes. Public transport services are still available for people who need to work or attend education, or for one of the other permitted reasons for leaving your home. 

Stay 1.5 metres from others you don’t live with where possible while using public transport and wash or sanitise your hands before and after using public transport. If you travel on a busy route, consider travelling outside of peak times to reduce crowding. 

Public transport service desks will not accept cash for payment to purchase or top up your myki. You must either pay online, on the phone or use contactless payment methods.

Can I leave my house to take a driving lesson?

Driving for practice is allowed, with a driving instructor or a member of your household.

Can I sit a driving test?

No, if you live in the Mitchell Shire, you will not be able to undertake your test until the Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions in your area are lifted. VicRoads will contact you to reschedule or postpone your test. If your test is in a restricted area but you live outside the restricted area, VicRoads will contact you to reschedule your test at another testing centre.

Customers can continue to apply for approval for licence testing under the existing hardship and special circumstances policy.

For more information visit VicRoads website

Can regional or metro people pick people up from airports? 

You may pick up or drop off a person from an airport if it meets one of the four reasons for leaving home. For example, to provide care and support to a relative or another person or if it’s your child. 

If you need to pick up or drop off a person at the airport, you should stay in your car when you get to the airport.   

Where possible, carrying passengers in your car should be avoided, unless they live in your household. The enclosed space of a car presents an increased risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Can I fly a plane for recreation or take a flying lesson?  

Flying for recreation is allowed but only with one other person, or members of your household. If flying with someone who is not from your household, you must be able to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from that other person. You should only depart or land at airports within the Mitchell Shire. 

You can also fly for practice, with a flying instructor or a member of your household.