COVID-19 in Victoria
Read about the current situation in Victoria and what it means for you.
Victoria has reported increasing numbers of people who have acquired COVID-19 locally. This increase is linked with multiple outbreaks across a range of settings in metropolitan Melbourne.
In Victoria, over the week 30 July to 5 August 2020:
- there have been over 3,700 cases reported, an increase from over 2,500 cases reported in the week prior
- while cases have spanned all age groups, the majority of people recently diagnosed with COVID-19 in Victoria have been aged between 20 to 49 years
- approximately 7% per cent of the cases recently diagnosed have been admitted to hospital
For more information on cases including age group, sex and maps visit the Victorian epidemiological data site.
Restrictions are changing to slow the spread of coronavirus in Victoria.
Stage 4 restrictions are in place from 6pm on Sunday 2 August for metropolitan Melbourne. This includes a curfew from 8pm to 5am every evening. During this time people are only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.
From 5am – 8pm, you can only leave your home for one of the following reasons:
- necessary goods and services, with limits
- exercise, with limits
- care and health care (including taking a pet to the vet)
- work in line with restrictions on workplaces
- some limited personal reasons such as in an emergency.
Some changes to the way businesses can operate during stage 4 restrictions have been announced.
Stage 3 restrictions will be in place from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August for Regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire.
If you live in regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire, 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 or for outdoor recreation with your household, or one other person
- for work or study, if you can’t do it from home.
You may no longer have visitors to your home or visit other people in their homes.
Everyone must wear a mask when they leave home, unless an exception applies. This is enforceable across regional Victoria from 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August.
The New South Wales border with Victoria closed at 12:01am on Wednesday 8 July 2020. There is a permit system in place for people who need to travel from Victoria into NSW. Information about the border restrictions and permit categories is on the NSW Government website.
Only essential travellers are able to enter South Australia from Victoria. South Australians are no longer be able to return from Victoria. If you are travelling into South Australia, by road or via the Adelaide airport, you need to complete the cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to your arrival.
There are border restrictions in place in the ACT. For further information visit the Advice for travel to ACT from Victoria page. For exceptional circumstances, you can make an application for exemption to enter the ACT.
To find out more about travel restrictions for these and other states and territories you can use the Healthdirect restriction checker.
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Advice on wearing a mask
For most states and territories, current advice remains the same for wearing masks. But if you are in a region where community transmission is occurring, you may be asked – or required – to wear a mask in some circumstances.
From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August everyone in the state of Victoria must wear a face covering whenever they leave home unless an exemption applies.
You will still need to maintain all the regular protection measures.
Read our fact sheet on when you should wear a face mask.
Watch our video on how to wear a face mask.
How to protect yourself and others from COVID-19
Everyone can help to stop the spread by:
- practising good hygiene
- maintaining physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others
- staying home if you’re feeling unwell
- getting tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and staying home until you get the result back
- downloading the COVIDSafe app
- following the current restrictions in place
Advice for people who are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19
Some people are at greater risk of more serious illness if they get COVID-19.
If you are at greater risk of serious disease, you may want to develop an individual COVID-19 action plan.
During this time it is important to look after your physical and mental health. Visit our ongoing support page for ideas and more information on the mental health support available to you.
For more information about the situation in Victoria please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 website.