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COVID-19 Community Update: changes to restrictions in Victoria and active cases (Issue 8)

11 May 2020


This morning the Victorian Government announced changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.
 
Premier Daniel Andrews has extended the State of Emergency in Victoria until May 31 with the following changes which I have endeavoured to summarise for you below. These changes come into effect on Wednesday.




The Stay at Home rules remain in place, however they now include a fifth reason to leave your home; to visit family orfriends. The rule states that up to five visitors in your home will be allowed in addition to the residents of the household.

All activities carried out in groups including weddings, funerals and religious gatherings and some services like hairdressing, auctions and open houses, must keep a record of all attendees to ensure tracing is possible.
 
Indoor sports centres and venues, and gyms must not open and public parks, public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks remain closed, except for sport, exercise and recreation that can be conducted in a park with max 10 people.
 
Please note that the Victorian Government has not yet released the enforceable legal directions which sit behind these changes. I recommend that people read these in more detail, as in the past I have found there have been inconsistencies between what the government has publicly announced and what the legal directions actually state. Once released, they are usually found here.  
 
HOW DOES THIS FIT WITH NATIONAL CABINET RECOMMENDATIONS?
The Federal Government last week announced a three stage process (see below) to "guide" states, who will adopt these measures separately on different timelines.




ACTIVE CASES

As of this morning, there are 7 new cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, bringing the state’s total 1494. There are 118 active cases in Victoria.
 
Most notably for us, there is now one active case in our region, in the Greater Shepparton Council area. The table below summarises the cumulative number of cases in our area since January 1.



SCHOOLS
Victoria has still not announced a return date for schools.
 
The Premier indicated today that face-to-face learning would return before the end of Term 2.
 
There are no further details about what the return might look like or when it might be however the Premier has now stated that a gradual return to face-to-face learning is appropriate.
 
This comes almost a month after the National Cabinet and Chief Health Officers agreed that schools are safe to return.
 
LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS:
Thank you to all of you who took the time to send me your thoughts over the weekend. The results of the survey are below:
 

 



If you haven’t done so yet, please take a few seconds to let me know what you think about the restrictions here.  
 
I will continue to do my best to provide you with factual updates as the situation changes.  
 
All the best,
 
Steph

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