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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Rural and Regional Victorian communities have a strong role to play to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.

The Premier has implemented stage 3 restrictions of non-essential activity aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19.)

Everyone who can stay at home should stay at home.  There are only four reasons to be out:

  • shopping for what you need - food and essential supplies
  • medical, care or compassionate needs
  • exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
  • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely.

These new measures include a limit on gathering to no more than two people, except for members of immediate households and for work or education. Social distancing rules of 1.5m between people should also be observed.

These Stage 3 measures will be effective from 11.59pm on Monday, 30 March, and will be reviewed after four weeks.

They will be 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.

You can read Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews’, statement here

For the most up to date information about the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and current measure to slow its spread visit the Department of Health and Human Services website at coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Support for Victorian businesses and workers

The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion economic and jobs package to help Victorian businesses and workers survive the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can find out more information and register your interest here with Business Victoria.

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

Information related to Australian Government support for businesses and workers can be found here.

This information is correct as of 30 March 2020.

Regional Development Victoria Business Centres current operations

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

If you can do something online then this is the best way, visit rdv.vic.gov.au. You can also call us 136 186.

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.

Please consider whether the activity you are contacting us about is necessary at this time.

Common questions

With your offices closed, how should we get in contact?

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

If you can do something online then this is the best way, visit rdv.vic.gov.au. You can also call us 136 186 for a range of information including how best to contact us.

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. The decision is in response to the latest advice to help prevent the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please consider whether the activity you are contacting us about is necessary at this time. Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) advice.

What Victorian Government support is available for rural and regional communities that rely on small gatherings for both social and economic benefits?

We understand the cancellation of planned events will have significant financial implications for event organisers, venues, and event product suppliers and their employees, including in lost revenue and unrecoverable event costs.

None of the decisions that have led to these challenges have been easy but they are necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion package to support businesses during this time, people should go to business.vic.gov.au or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 for regularly updated information on support available.

For employees who might lose their jobs as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Victorian Government is establishing the Working for Victoria Fund, to help them to find new job opportunities and contribute to managing this event.

What support is Regional Development Victoria providing to our regional communities/businesses right now?

Regional Development Victoria (RDV) is equipped to support economic development within our rural and regional communities, including in response to emergency conditions.

Our staff have a key role to support the Victorian Government respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) through working with our emergency management colleagues across our regions.

RDV is also talking with local businesses, organisations and wider industries to ascertain coronavirus (COVID-19)-related challenges. We have begun work at the local level to facilitate solutions to challenges around supply chain and staffing matters.

What do the measures mean for border communities?

Victoria has not imposed closures or restrictions on our state’s borders.

The location of essential cross-border services, like Albury-Wodonga Health, mean workers need to travel unrestricted across the border to help us slow the spread of coronavirus.

If Victorians can stay home, they must stay home - but key services like our health services, freight and logistics that involve travel across our state’s borders can continue.

In South Australia, new restrictions are now in place for their borders, with exemptions for essential transport. The Victorian Cross Border Commissioner is working with the South Australian Government to understand the impacts and people should go to www.police.sa.gov.au for more information.

If there are concerns about potential variation in state decisions that may impact what is open on one side of our borders and what may be on the other, people should visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au, where they can find regularly-updated information about what is restricted in Victoria.

How can rural and regional communities support each other right now?

Victorians have been asked things they have never been asked before and we know that will be tough.

But communities in rural and regional Victoria are known for their mateship, for bunkering down and for working as one to get through adversity and we know our communities will do this now.

The way we support each other may change for now as we can’t go out and gather as we are used to doing, we can’t visit the pubs, or our clubs that are part of our social and economic fabric, but our communities are not alone and we need to be there for each other now more than ever.

The most important thing we can do to support each other right now is stay at home.

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