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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Rural and Regional Victorian communities have a strong role during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Thanks to the efforts of all Victorians and the largest testing blitz in the nation, the Victorian Government is gradually easing restrictions. These changes take effect from 1 June 2020.

For the most up-to-date Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and permitted activities within Victoria visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

There’s a lot to be proud of. But there’s still a way to go.

Restrictions have been eased but limiting our movement every day means we slow the spread of coronavirus.

Work from home if you can.

Stay safe by practising good hygiene, keeping your distance from others and, if you feel unwell, stay home.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should get tested.

Directions from the Chief Health Officer are still being enforced by Victoria Police, who have the power to issue fines of $1,652 for individuals and $9,913 for businesses. Larger fines can be issued through the courts.

Read Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews’, latest statement.

Support for Victorian businesses and workers

The Victorian Government is delivering a $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package to help Victorian businesses and workers survive the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

As part of the package, the $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) find new work with employers in the agriculture sector in need of additional workforce support.

Under the Plan, eligible businesses can also apply for grants to help meet the costs of adapting workplaces to comply with health, safety and physical distancing requirements. as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Individual grants between $10,000 and $300,000 through the Agriculture Workforce Plan will support eligible businesses to cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of necessary adaptations to their workplaces.

The Plan is part of the Victorian Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria Fund. Businesses across the state can register their needs on the platform and access a talent pool of jobseekers.

Business Victoria is also providing coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and has a business support and financial assistance finder tool to help businesses find a range of Australia and Victorian Government support based on their circumstances.

The Victorian Government has also launched the Upskill My Business platform to give businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic free access to top online short courses and training events so they can plan for a stronger future.

Business Victoria has published a range of resources to help the hospitality industry prepare to reopen on 1 June.

For advice and support for Victorian businesses, please call Business Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 13 22 15.

The Australian Government also provides information about Australian Government support for businesses and workers.

Building Works package to provide immediate benefit

The Victorian Government is investing in new trails, rejuvenated streetscapes and even better tourist attractions as part of our rural and regional construction blitz to create jobs, attract visitors and kickstart local economies.

Check out what local tourism and regional development projects are happening in your area.

Regional Development Victoria Business Centres current operations

We’re continuing to serve the community, but you may need to contact us in different ways.

Victorian Government office receptions across the state are now closed in order to reduce face-to-face contact between staff and members of the community.

If you can contact us online, visit the Regional Development Victoria website. You can also call us 136 186.

Common questions

What do the measures mean for border communities?

There is no closure or restrictions on Victoria’s borders. You can travel interstate provided there are no border restrictions imposed by the state or territory you are travelling to.

Visit the Australian Interstate Quarantine website for the latest information.

In South Australia, restrictions are still in place for their borders, with exemptions for essential transport and for South Australia/Victoria border area residents.

The Victorian Cross Border Commissioner is working with the South Australian Government to understand the impacts and people should go to South Australia Police for more information. All Victorians wishing to travel to another state must heed the permitted activities of their destination.

Can I now travel interstate?

From 1 June, restrictions on travel within Victoria will be eased further:

  • You will be able to stay in a holiday home or private residence
  • You will be also able to stay in tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds, where there are no shared communal facilities (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms)
  • Tourist accommodation can open to guests provided there are no shared communal facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms

You can travel interstate provided there are no border restrictions imposed by the state or territory you are travelling to.

All Victorians must heed the permitted activities of their destination. Visit the Australian Interstate Quarantine website for the latest information.

As always, we're urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities. It’s up to all of us to make this work.

Can I host visitors from interstate?

From 1 June, anyone visiting family and friends in Victoria from interstate must ensure they follow the limit of up to 20 people, including members of a household.

Also from 1 June in Victoria, tourist accommodation can open to guests provided there are no shared communal facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms.

Will various online festivals and markets be able to revert to events held in-person?

Food markets continue to operate and non-food and drink market stalls will be allowed to open from 1 June.

Business Victoria has published a range of resources to help the hospitality industry prepare to reopen on 1 June.

All attendees must practise physical distancing and density restrictions of one person per four meters applies for indoor venues.

Gatherings designed to bring large groups of people together, such as festivals, cannot go ahead due to the continued restrictions on mass gatherings. The closure of these sites will continue to be crucial in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Victorian Government will continue to support regional communities, performing artists and businesses through the online music and comedy festivals that have been operating in recent weeks.

The online Victorian Country Market will continue through the e-commerce platform as it is designed to encourage traffic from across the country to support regional Victorian producers, makers and entertainers doing it tough in the face of ongoing travel restrictions.

Victorians can also check out Victoria Together for some of the best online events, music, entertainment nature and art our state has to offer.

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