From 11.59pm 1 July, new Stage 3 Stay at Home Directions are in place for Melbourne’s restricted postcodes. The following areas are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Stay at Home restrictions apply to these postcodes: 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060, 3064.
Very clearly, we are not where we wanted to be. And as today’s case numbers show, Victoria is experiencing significant community transmission of coronavirus. As a result of genomic testing, the Chief Health Officer has today advised the Government that a number of our cases through late May and early June can be linked to an infection control breach in the hotel quarantine program.
The Victorian Government has unveiled detailed plans for the new Arden precinct, confirming North Melbourne as a major inner-city hub for thousands of jobs, affordable housing and transport links.
Today, we announced further action to slow of the spread of coronavirus – the Suburban Testing Blitz.
We know many Victorians are feeling anxious and unsure. After all, so many of us have given up so much in order to keep our state safe. And yet – disappointingly, devastatingly – we again find ourselves on a knife’s edge. What we do now will determine what comes next.
Our public health team will be stepping up community awareness of coronavirus and boosting testing in targeted areas as part of a new plan to find the virus in Victorian hotspots and contain the spread.
We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how we can stay safe while out in the community – but it’s just as important that we also think about staying safe whilst at home.
Today is #WorldSickleCellAwarenessDay. Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic blood disorder that’s passed down through families. It effects the shape of red blood cells, which slow blood flow or block blood vessels. There’s a 25% chance that a child born from parents who are both carriers of the sickle cell trait will develop the disease. That’s why I encourage Victorians to get tested, to know your sickle cell status.
Staying silent shouldn’t be an option for your physical and mental health. For Men’s Health Week (15-21 June), I’m asking all our dads, brothers, partners and sons to reach out if they need to, or talk to their doctor about any health concerns. Don’t put it off. Make an appointment today.
In recent weeks we’ve laid out our state’s careful plan for the gradual easing of restrictions. A cautious and considered approach that has relied on data to help guide our decisions.
Throughout the State of Emergency, our Maternal and Child Health services have been supporting Victorian parents via telehealth and other virtual services to ensure they're getting the help and advice they need.
Today we announced that from 11.59pm on 31 May, a number of existing restrictions will be eased, most notably gathering limits will be increased to up to 20 people and overnight stays will now be permitted.
Victoria – and Victorians – have achieved something remarkable. We’ve made sacrifices. We’ve missed loved ones. We’ve given up getting on the beers. And in doing so, we’ve helped keep one another safe.
From tomorrow children’s playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms will re-open.
The Victorian Government has announced the gradual easing of restrictions throughout the state from 11:59pm Sunday 31 May 2020
This week we announced that we will ramp up to a return of 50% of normal elective surgery levels by the end of May, in line with a decision of the National Cabinet.
From Monday next week (25 May), Victoria is easing restrictions on public dental services, meaning more Victorians will get access to the dental care they need.
Earlier this week, we made a number of announcements on easing restrictions in Victoria. These decisions were informed by data – including the biggest testing blitz in the nation and one of the highest testing rates in the world.