COVID-19 Community Information

This page was last updated on 5 November 2021.

The health and wellbeing of our community is our priority.  Below you will find information relating to Council's ongoing response to COVID-19.

Council facilities re-opening 5 November

In line with the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, our community centres, libraries, the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre (MAC), and Customer Service at Town Hall will reopen on Friday 5 November to residents who can show us their ‘green tick’.

To find out more select the button below.

Council facilities re-opening 5 November

On this page you will find information about:


5 ways to stay safe

Watch the short video below for five easy ways to stay safe from coronavirus.

 


Council's essential services

During lockdown periods Council will continue to deliver essential services.

Immunisation Appointments

Face to face immunisation appointments will continue during the lockdown.

Everyone attending these appointments must:

  • be in good health and not be displaying any known symptoms of COVID-19.
  • wear a fitted face mask for the duration of the appointment.
  • register via the QR code before access to the building is granted.
  • not have been deemed a close personal contact of a person with COVID-19.
  • not have visited an exposure site.

When attending appointments at the Footscray Town Hall attendees will be required to press a buzzer at the entrance before access is granted.

 Appointments are available at the following locations:

Day
Location

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

Footscray Town Hall
Community Services Building
61 Napier Street, Footscray

Thursday

Braybrook Community Hub
107 - 139 Churchill Avenue, Braybrook

Friday

CLOSED

To make an appointment:

Maternal and Child Health Appointments

From Monday 8 November all maternal and child health appointments will be conducted face to face, unless a telehealth alternative has been pre-arranged.

When attending a face to face appointment you will be asked a series of questions relating to COVID-19.   Depending on your responses it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment to a new time via telehealth.

Only one adult will be permitted to be in attendance per child and masks must be worn at all times unless proof of a valid medical exemption exists.  You must check in via the Services Victoria App available upon entry.

Council appreciates your patience and support as we continue to provide these essential services to our community.  Please contact us on 9688 0501 to discuss any of the above information or to book an appointment.

To locate your nearest Maternal and Child Health Centre visit our children's services in Maribyrnong page

To book an appointment face to face or via telehealth, please phone 9688 0501 or submit a request for an appointment online

 

  


Victoria's Roadmap: Delivering the National Plan

The Victorian Government has released a roadmap to opening by outlining the easing of restrictions in stages for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The dates outlined in the roadmap are based on the vaccination rates meeting projected targets. All Victorians have a part to play and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

The roadmap is subject to change and the dates are indicative only.  Visit the coronavirus website for more information about Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering the National Plan.


Current restrictions

Current restrictions from 11.59pm on 21 October 2021

There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home or how far you can travel within the metropolitan Melbourne area.  Travel into regional Victoria is only permitted for the following reasons:

  • ­Shopping for essential items.
  • ­Care and other compassionate reasons.
  • ­Authorised work and permitted study.
  • ­To get vaccinated.

Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors for everyone aged 12 and over unless a lawful exemption applies.

Everywhere you go you must check-in using the Service Victoria App regardless of the length of your visit.

If requested at some venues you will need to show evidence of vaccination.

Up to 10 people can visit your home per day (including dependants) and you can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 15 people. In both circumstances it is strongly recommended that all people gathering be double vaccinated.

Essential retail (such as a supermarkets) remains open while other retail (such as clothes stores) can open for outdoor service only, plus contactless click and collect/delivery.

Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services can open with density limits and a cap of five patrons, if everyone present is fully vaccinated. Workers and customers must wear masks.

Footscray Town Hall, Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre, and Council run libraries and community centres will re-open from 5 November.

For further details about current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria visit the coronavirus website.


Exposure sites

New exposure sites are being identified each day, so please keep an eye on the Coronavirus website for the latest exposure sites and advice.

The Department of Health has confirmed a number of exposure sites in Melbourne and a list of exposure sites can be found at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

Anyone who has visited any of the exposure sites must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.


Getting tested

To find your nearest testing site and to view wait times visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19

To assist with the collection of information prior to being tested, it is now recommended that you register via the above link, if possible, prior to attending a test site.


Getting vaccinated

To find your nearest vaccination centre visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au. To make an appointment contact the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.


More information

For the latest information about COVID-19 visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au or www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.  Council monitors these websites which help inform the information made available via this webpage.

COVID-19 community response line

If you have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established a dedicated support service that you can access free of charge.

To access our free COVID-19 community response line phone 9688 0434 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

For all other Council related enquiries please call our Customer Service team on 9688 0200 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays.

Do you live in metropolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria?

If you live in one of the following local government areas (council or shire) you are considered to live in metropolitan Melbourne for the purposes of COVID-19 restrictions:

  • Banyule
  • Bayside
  • Boroondara
  • Brimbank
  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Darebin
  • Frankston
  • Glen Eira
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Hume
  • Kingston
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maroondah
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Monash
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moreland
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Nillumbik
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington
  • Whitehorse
  • Whittlesea
  • Wyndham (except Little River)
  • Yarra
  • Yarra Ranges.

All other local government areas are considered regional Victoria for the purposes of COVID-19 restrictions.

Testing sites

To locate your nearest testing site please visit the DHHS website.

New testing sites and hours of operation are regularly updated so we recommend, where possible, contacting the testing site before attending.

You can also view waiting times at various testing sites via the DHHS website to assist in choosing the testing site that's right for you.

COVID-19 financial hardship

To support those in our community directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Council has developed a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy.

If you are experiencing financial hardship please read the policy to find out what support is available to you.

For more information about the Policy visit our COVID-19 Financial Hardship webpage.  If you would like to discuss the options available to suit your individual circumstances contact us on 9688 0200.

Maternal and child health appointments

From Monday 8 November all maternal and child health appointments will be conducted face to face, unless a telehealth alternative has been pre-arranged.

When attending a face to face appointment you will be asked a series of questions relating to COVID-19.   Depending on your responses it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment to a new time via telehealth.

Only one adult will be permitted to be in attendance per child and masks must be worn at all times unless proof of a valid medical exemption exists.  You must check in via the Services Victoria App available upon entry.

Council appreciates your patience and support as we continue to provide these essential services to our community.  Please contact us on 9688 0501 to discuss any of the above information or to book an appointment.

To locate your nearest Maternal and Child Health Centre visit our children's services in Maribyrnong page

To book an appointment face to face or via telehealth, please phone 9688 0501 or submit a request for an appointment online

Immunisation appointments

Face to face immunisation appointments will continue during the lockdown.

Everyone attending these appointments must:

  • be in good health and not be displaying any known symptoms of COVID-19.
  • wear a fitted face mask for the duration of the appointment.
  • register via the QR code before access to the building is granted.
  • not have been deemed a close personal contact of a person with COVID-19.
  • not have visited an exposure site.

When attending appointments at the Footscray Town Hall attendees will be required to press a buzzer at the entrance before access is granted.

 Appointments are available at the following locations:

Day
Location

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

Footscray Town Hall
Community Services Building
61 Napier Street, Footscray

Thursday

Braybrook Community Hub
107 - 139 Churchill Avenue, Braybrook

Friday

CLOSED

To make an appointment:

Attendance at Council meetings

Council and Committee meetings continue as scheduled however, public access is via our live stream service.

Subscribe to Council’s YouTube channel where you can access past recordings of Council meetings.

Members of the public can submit questions for public question time online.  Questions must be submitted before 12pm on the day of the meeting.  For more information or to submit a question please visit our public question time page.

Visit our Council meetings agendas and minutes webpage for meeting documentation and to view the schedule of dates for 2021.

Where to get support and assistance

There are many organisations providing support and assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a list of some local support services that you can reach out to if you are finding it difficult during this time.

Food and material aid

Organisation
Description
Contact
Wesley Outreach

Food parcels are available by appointment only. No Interest Loans (NILS) Service is available by phone assessment only.

9689 3515

St Vincent de Paul Sou Van

If you are looking for assistance with food, a designated call centre has been established to take your calls. Over the phone, St Vincent de Paul will determine your situation and make a personal arrangement of how they can reach you with these essentials.

1800 305 330

Monday–Friday 10am to 3pm

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is providing takeaway only services for community meals from its Sunshine office at 42 Devonshire Rd, Sunshine. Arrive at 6pm and a take away meal will be provided.

9364 9335

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre continues to offer Foodbank and community meals.


9326 6066

 

Housing services

Organisation Description Contact

Unison Housing

Provides Intake Assessment and Planning (IAP) Services for the western region. Unison is operating as normal through phone contact only.

9689 2777

Launch Housing

Launch Housing’s mobile outreach teams, crisis centres and other services continue to help people experiencing homelessness.

1800 825 955

 

Counselling services

Organisation Description
Contact

cohealth

cohealth is providing an online counselling service.

9448 5502

Orygen Youth Health

Specialist mental health services for young people aged 15 to 24.

9966 9100

 

Family violence support

Organisation Description
Contact

Women’s Health West

Women’s Health West is continuing to deliver essential services to women and children who experience family violence. They also continue to follow up Victoria Police referrals following incidents of family violence.

9689 9588
(9am to 5pm)

1800 015 188
(all other hours)

 

Other support services

Service Description
Contact

Emergency relief packages

Working with Red Cross and Foodbank, Council is redeploying staff to assist with the delivery of emergency relief packages to people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of family and friends to support them.

1800 675 398