12th February 2021
From 11:59pm tonight until 11:59pm on Wednesday, 17 February we will be in Stage 4 lockdown.
This means there will be four reasons to leave your home:
- shopping for the things you need
- care and caregiving
- exercise and
- work, if it is essential.
When you go out
Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors – whenever you leave home.
Exercise and shopping will be limited to 5 km from your home. If there’s no shops in your five-kilometre radius, you’ll be able to travel to the ones closest to you.
You are allowed to go to medical appointments that are more than 5 km away from your usual residence.
You won’t be able to have visitors to your home. And any public gatherings won’t be able to go ahead.
If you are a disability support worker, we recommend you continue to check the updates at Disability services sector – coronavirus (COVID-19).
In brief, the current advice for disability workers in Victoria is:
- workers must wear a surgical mask when interacting with clients. Clients should also wear a face mask wherever possible
- workers no longer need to wear eye protection (face shields or goggles) unless you are caring for a person with suspected or confirmed COVID symptoms
- workers should wear a surgical mask when indoor, even when not interacting with clients, if physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
While not mandatory to do so, residents should also wear a face mask wherever possible when interacting with disability service staff, contractors and volunteers, recognising that for some people with disability this may not be possible.