Directions are issued by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep Victorians safe.

Information for the public

For essential information about COVID-19, testing, vaccines, exposure sites, travel permits and what you can do to stay safe and well see the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website.

Directions issued by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer

The State of Emergency provides the Chief Health Officer with additional powers to issue directions to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep Victorians safe.

The application and implications of directions issued by the Chief Health Officer are reviewed daily.

State of Emergency

Extends the current Declaration of State of Emergency through to 11.59pm on 23 September 2021. Signed by Minister for Health, Martin Foley, MP.

COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions

The purpose of these directions is to make provision for the introduction of mandatory vaccination for specific workplace industries in order to limit the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) within the population in these settings.

These directions commence at 11:59pm on 17 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions.

Care Facilities Directions

The purpose of these directions is to make provision for restricted access to care facilities in order to limit the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) within a particularly vulnerable population, balancing the need to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 against the broader responsibilities of care facilities to the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of their clients.

The Care Facilities Directions (No. 45) commence at 11:59pm on 17 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Care Facilities Directions (No. 44).

Visit the Visiting care facilities for more information.

For the latest resources and information for the aged care sector, visit the Aged care sector coronavirus page.

Diagnosed Persons and Close Contacts Directions

These directions replace the Isolation (Diagnosis) directions and require persons diagnosed with coronavirus to self-isolate and persons who are living with a diagnosed person, or who have been in close contact with a diagnosed person, to self-quarantine.

The Diagnosed Persons and Close Contacts Directions (No. 26) come into force at 11:59pm 26 August 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Diagnosed Persons and Close Contacts Directions (No. 25).

Hospital Visitor Directions

The purpose of these directions is to prohibit certain visits to hospitals in order to limit the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The Hospital Visitor Directions (No. 36) come into force at 11.59pm 26 August 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Hospital Visitor Directions (No. 35).

Visit the Visiting hospitals for more information.

Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas)

The purpose of these directions is to restrict the operation of certain businesses and undertakings in Victoria to address the serious public health risk posed to Victoria by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). 

The Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas) (No. 16) come into force at 11:59pm on 17 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas) (No. 15).

Restricted Activity Directions (Regional Victoria)

The purpose of these directions is to restrict the operation of certain businesses and undertakings in Victoria to address the serious public health risk posed to Victoria by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). 

The Restricted Activity Directions (Regional Victoria) (No. 9) come into force at 11:59pm on 17 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Restricted Activity Directions (Regional Victoria) (No 8).

Area Directions

The purpose of these directions is to address the serious public health risk posed to Victoria by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The Area Directions (No. 17) commence at 11:59pm on 19 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Area Directions (No. 16).

Stay at Home Directions (Restricted Areas)

The purpose of these directions is to address the serious public health risk posed to the State of Victoria by the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The Stay at Home Directions (Restricted Areas) (No. 22) come into force at 11:59pm on 17 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Stay at Home Directions (Restricted Areas) (No. 21) .

Stay Safe Directions (Regional Victoria)

The purpose of these directions is to address the serious public health risk posed to the State of Victoria by the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The Stay Safe Directions (Regional Victoria) (No. 9) come into force at 11:59pm on 17 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Stay Safe Directions (Regional Victoria) (No. 8).

Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions

The purpose of these directions is to replace the Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions, in order to limit the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions (No. 31) come into force at 11:59pm on 9 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions (No. 30).

Workplace Directions

The purpose of these directions is to limit the number of Victorians attending Work Premises to assist in reducing the frequency and scale of outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 in Victorian workplaces and to establish more specific obligations on employers and workers in relation to managing the risk associated with SARS-CoV-2.

The Workplace Directions (No. 49) come into force at 11:59pm on 9 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Workplace Directions (No. 48).

Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions

The purpose of these directions is to establish additional specific obligations on employers and workers in specific industries in relation to managing the risk associated with SARS-CoV-2.

The Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions (No. 43) come into force at 11:30am on 18 September 2021 and end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021. They replace the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions (No. 42).