Hotspot Lockdown- Department of Human Services announcement- Covid 19

July 3, 2020

HOTSPOT LOCKDOWN INFORMATION- Updated information – 8 July 2020

Dear Members and Parents,

We hope you have been safe and well.

Unfortunately, metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell has returned to Stage 3 restrictions- “Stay at Home” restrictions in place.

The Victorian Government has advised that effective 11:59 pm Wednesday, 8 July that the following applies in these areas:

Community sport training and competition cannot occur within the Melbourne metropolitan area or the Shire of Mitchell. If you live in this area, you cannot participate in community sport elsewhere.

Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools will be closed.

Outdoor sport facilities will be closed, except for facilities where people can exercise with no more than one other person or members of your household while maintaining 1.5 metres distance. Equipment should not be shared, and communal facilities cannot open. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants plus the instructor.

This means that until further notice, there will not be any WRV training at any of our training centres:
– Maribyrnong College.
– Braybrook College
– CRC Melton

The start of the Maribyrnong Volleyball competition has also been postponed.

Our priority is the safety and well being of all of our members. We will contact you when we have been informed that it is safe for community sport to resume.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. In the meantime, hope you stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back on the courts soon.

Regards,
Michael Dolan
Western Region Volleyball
General Manager

THERE ARE ONLY 4 REASONS YOU CAN LEAVE HOME
1. Shopping for food or other essential items
2. To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
3. For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
4. Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE
1. You cannot have visitors to your home except for care-giving or compassionate reasons or receiving services.
2. You can no longer visit friends and family who live at another household, except for care-giving or compassionate reasons or providing services.
3. You cannot travel except for one of the four reasons outlined above.
4. If you need to travel through one of the restricted postcode areas, you can.
You should plan your trip so that you don’t need to stop in an impacted area unless it is for one of the four reasons.

COVID-19 TESTING
Victoria has expanded its COVID-19 testing to high priority areas. Currently, this includes Keilor Downs, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Maidstone, Hallam, Broadmeadows, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir, and Pakenham. DHHS are aiming to test at least 10,000 people every day across these communities. Suburban testing is being provided through mobile/pop-up sites and no appointment is required. If you live in these hotspots, you may be visited by a DHHS representative, and you might also receive a text message informing you of testing in your area.

For further information about pop-up testing in hotspots, visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/response-outbreaks-covid-19.

Other COVID-19 testing site locations including respiratory clinics, drive through testing sites and pop-up sites can be found here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19

 

THE KEY MESSAGE CONTINUES TO BE-
Keep your distance from people you don’t live with – no handshakes, hugs or kisses.

Use common sense when it comes to visiting friends and family, especially those who are more vulnerable. That means seeing only those you need to – if you need to.

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

It is important that you get tested even if your symptoms are mild. If you are unsure, call your local GP clinic or community health service for advice, or the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.
Testing is free, even if you don’t have a Medicare card (you will need to show ID)
Testing is quick and simple. After your test, you need to go home and remain there until you receive your test results.

Financial support is available to eligible workers who need to quarantine and are not able to attend work.

By following this advice, you will protect yourself, your family, friends and the community.

QUICK LINKS
Hotspot lockdown information – effective 11.59pm 1 July: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/new-restrictions-melbournes-hot-zones-covid-19

Suburban Testing blitz – pop-up sites in hotspot suburbs: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/response-outbreaks-covid-19

Other COVID-19 testing sites – drive-thru and clinical based sites: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19#where-to-get-tested

COVID-19 information in multiple community languages: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

 

ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION & LINKS
COVID-19 – Worker Support Payment – available to eligible people who need to quarantine and are not able to work: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-worker-support-payment

News and information about COVID-19 is also available in 63 languages on the SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal www.sbs.com.au/coronavirus

COVID-19 – Emergency Relief Packages that provides food and essential items for people who have to self-isolate because they have COVID-19:
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/202005/Coronavirus%20-%20emergency%20relief%20packages%20-%20easy%20read%20version.pdf

 

IMPORTANT ATTACHMENTS- on this news item
COVID-19 – What you need to know – in plain English.

COVID 19_What you need to know resource (003) (002)

COVID-19 – QR Codes in multiple languages – translated information in community languages for mobile phones.

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COVID-19 – Frequently asked questions

3. COVID-19 – Frequently asked questions

Getting Tested Stakeholder/Social Media Pack – includes promotional advice for organisations, posters and key messages

4. COVID-19 – Get Tested Campaign Stakeholder Pack 17June2020

Multicultural Stakeholder Kit – advice, images and soundbites in multiple languages

5. COVID-19 – Multilcultural Campaign eholder Kit  2001628_

Lockdown graphic- for social media

GENERAL ENQUIRIES
General enquiries and further questions can also be directed to the 24/7 COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.