COVID-19 Community Update: restrictions, confirmed cases, screening locations and support for businesses (Issue 9)

29 June 2020


Today 75 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Victoria, the fourth highest single day count since the outbreak began.

This time last week COVID-19 restrictions were set to ease, however with new cases numbers rising and fears of another outbreak, the Victorian Government altered its original plans.

WHAT WAS GOING TO CHANGE?

On Monday 22 June restrictions were set to lift from 20 people to 50 people for auctions, open houses, bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, religious ceremonies, cinemas, theatres, concert venues, galleries, museums and zoos.

Dates were also set for a return to community sport, including full contact training and competition for those 18 and under from 22 June, a return to contact training and non-contact competition for those 18 and over on 13 July and a return to full competition for all ages from 20 July.

Gatherings in the home and in public were limited to 20 people.

WHERE WE ARE AT NOW...

On Saturday 20 June, with COVID-19 cases rising in Melbourne, the Premier announced changes to the Victorian Government’s plans to ease restrictions on June 22.

The big changes were:

  • Gatherings in the home reduced from 20 people to five people, while gatherings in public reduced from 20 people to 10 people;
  • Auctions, restaurants, religious ceremonies, libraries and those mentioned above now remain limited to 20 people, rather than easing to 50 people;
  • Dates for a return to community sport dates for those 19 years and older were removed.

All details about the current restricted activity in Victoria can be found in the department’s directions here.

CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

The extra 75 cases recorded today brings the total number of active cases in Victoria to 263.  The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria since the outbreak began stands at 2,099.

Across regional Victoria, there are six active cases. Locally, we have two active cases in the Mitchell Shire and one active case in Greater Bendigo.

BORDER RESTRICTIONS

Victorians who are deemed non essential travellers are required to enter quarantine for 14 days when arriving in Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory.

Entry into Queensland and Western Australia is temporarily prohibited unless the travel is exempt under Queensland’s Border Restrictions Direction or Western Australia’s Quarantine (Closing the Borders) Direction.

No border controls are in place between NSW and Victoria or NSW and the ACT.

WHERE TO GET TESTED

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Restrictions have been crushing for many businesses.  

If you haven’t already done so, I strongly encourage you to check your eligibility for state and federal programs in place to support businesses during this time.

Federal Government

  • JobKeeper Payment: a wage subsidy to help you retain employees;
  • Ensuring cash flow to pay bills and wages;
  • Apprentices and trainees: a wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees;
  • Safety net for companies facing financial distress;
  • Investing in your business: a time-limited asset investment incentive;
  • Credit and loans: SME Guarantee Scheme.

Details on each of these programs can be found here.

Victorian Government

  • Payroll Tax Refund: for businesses with annual taxable wages up to $3 million;
  • Payroll tax exemption for additional payments made under the JobKeeper program;
  • Commercial tenancies relief scheme;
  • Rent relief for commercial tenants in government buildings;
  • Land tax relief; and
  • Liquor licence fees waived.

Details for each of these initiatives can be found here.

 

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