The Victorian Government has announced the easing of restrictions across Victoria.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Victorians will be able to leave their homes for any reason,
- Restaurants and cafes can also reopen for seated service,
- Retail and beauty and personal care will open in line with density limits, as will entertainment venues and community facilities,
- In welcome news for families, kids can get back to the classroom with schools reopening for onsite learning to all students from tomorrow,
- Public gatherings will be allowed with up to 10 people, with infants under 12 months not included in the cap,
- However, due to the significant transmission risk we have seen throughout the pandemic, gatherings in the home are still not permitted,
- Masks will continue to be required everywhere indoors and outdoors (except private residences), unless an exception applies.
Click here to read about the exposure sites in Victoria.
Visit the Victorian government website for more information on the current COVIDSafe settings.
Visit the Victorian government website for regular updates on Covid-19.
NSW COVIDSafe rule
Stay at home orders are in place until 28 August across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
COVID-19 rules and restrictions have changed.
The NSW government has also urged people to get tested immediately even if you have mild cold-like symptoms and to self-isolate for 14 days – even if you receive a negative result.
Click here for more information about the latest restrictions
Click here for more information about the additional restrictions for Greater Sydney
Click here for more information about NSW’s latest case locations and alerts
Face mask rules in NSW
You must wear a face mask in the following settings:
- Public transport, hire vehicles, taxis and rideshare services
- Waiting for public transport at a bus or light rail stop, train station or ferry wharf.
- Retail or business premises. These include supermarkets, banks, shopping centres, hairdressing
- Hairdressers, nail and beauty salons
- Residential care facilities
- Gyms, entertainment facilities and major reactional facilities
Click here for more information about face mask rules in NSW.
Covid-19 testing for Greater Sydney and Fairfield
The NSW government has announced from 12.01am Wednesday 14 July, there will be mandatory testing requirements for those who live and work in Greater Sydney and Fairfield.
If you live in Greater Sydney area, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas, and you work more than 50km from the area, read more about the testing rules for Greater Sydney workers here.
Fairfield Covid-19 testing
- If you live in or are staying in the Fairfield local government area, but you work outside this area, you must have a Covid-19 test once every 72 hours(3 days) to meet government requirements.
- You have until Friday 16 July to be tested.
- View a map of the Fairfield local government area here.
Greater Sydney Covid-19 testing
- If you live in or are staying in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, you must have a Covid-19 test in 7 days before working. This applies if your workplace is 50km or beyond Greater Sydney.
- You have until Sunday 18 July to be tested.
- The 50km zone around Greater Sydney includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas.
People who do not need mandatory Covid-19 testing:
- You do not live in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas.
- You live and also work in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas (excluding the Fairfield local government area).
- You live outside the Fairfield local government area.
It is recommended you regularly check the NSW case locations and see if you need to get tested and self-isolate as the list of venues concerned will be updated as investigations continue. Click here to view the NSW Health website. The state government also urges if you experience mild cold-like symptoms to get tested immediately and self-isolate. Even if you receive a negative result, NSW Health recommends you to self-isolate for 14 days.
Face masks are mandatory in airports and during a domestic commercial flight. The NSW government strongly recommends wearing a mask in places where you cannot physically social distance. For example in public transport and in shops.
For more information visit the NSW Ministry of Health website.
Prestige remains committed to the safety and well being of all our staff and the clients we support. All of our care workers visiting clients’ homes are taking all necessary measures to ensure you stay safe.
This information sheet from the Department of Health explains the steps that aged care workers are taking to protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).
At Prestige, we continue to follow this advice from the Department of Health and all other government guidelines as part of our ongoing measures to safeguard our clients, staff and community.
Visit the Department of Health’s It’s OK to have in-home care information sheet here.
Vaccination Program Phase 1b
The Australian government’s Covid-19 vaccination program began in Victoria on 22 February 2021. As part of the national vaccination rollout strategy, Phase 1b starts on Monday 22 March.
Based on the recommendations by the Australian Technical Advisory Group, those who are eligible for a vaccination under Phase 1b include:
- People 70 years and over
- People 80 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who are 55 years and over
- Younger people with a specified underlying condition (note, this list includes significant disabilities)
- Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a
- Household contacts of quarantine and border workers
- Critical and high risk workers currently employed
For more information about eligibility and where you can get your vaccination, click here.
- Information on how eligible Victorians can access high-volume sites for forward bookings and walk-in appointments is available at the Victorian Government Covid Vaccine Website.
- Phone bookings are strongly recommended to help ensure people choosing this option can be vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- Book an appointment by calling 1800 675 398 – select option 3 – option 2 – option 2.
- Walk-ins are accepted at these centres. If you walk in, you should be prepared to wait until an immuniser is free to provide you with a vaccine. Walk-ins are only accepted 9am to 4pm each day.
- The department is publishing expected wait times at the High-volume Vaccination Centres. These wait times will be updated regularly and do not apply if you have an appointment.