COVID-19 update: stage 4 restrictions

Published on 05 August 2020

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Maribyrnong City Council is closely monitoring COVID-19 and is receiving regular updates from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

For more details and to stay up to date with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice regarding COVID-19, visit the DHHS website.

For general Council enquiries, please call 9688 0200.

Stage 4 Restrictions

Following the Government’s announcement on 2 August, metropolitan Melbourne will be placed in stage four restrictions for six weeks from 6pm 2 August, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community.

A curfew is now in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening, with people only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.

From 5am – 8pm, you can only leave your home for one of the following four reasons.

  1. Necessary goods and services:
    • To shop for necessary goods and services.
    • You can only travel up to 5km from your home. You should stay as close to your home as possible, for example shopping at the nearest supermarket. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider.
    • Only one person per household can leave home to get necessary goods and services and only once a day.
  2. Exercise:
    • You can leave home to exercise but there are limits:
    • You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise.
    • You can exercise with one other person you live with or a friend or family member, as long as neither of you travel more than 5km from your home.
    • You must limit your exercise to once a day and for only one hour.
    • If you are a parent or guardian who is caring for a young child or someone who cannot be left unattended then they may accompany you.
  3. Care and health care:
    • You can leave home to receive health care or attend medical appointments. If you need to see a doctor or health care professional, you should do so. Do not put off getting medical care. Your doctor or health care professional can provide advice on how to stay safe.
    • You can leave home to care for a sick or elderly relative. If you are providing care for someone you should try to keep 1.5 metres between you when you can. Wear a face covering.
    • You can leave home to accompany someone for essential medical treatment if you are a parent, guardian or necessary support person.
    • You can take a pet to the vet.
  4. Work:
  • If you can work from home, you must continue to work from home.

For more details and to stay up to date with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice regarding COVID-19, visit the website.

Mandatory masks

As of 11.59pm Sunday 2 August 2020, it is mandatory for all Victorian residents to wear a face covering when leaving their home. There are two types of face masks suitable for community use: cloth masks and surgical masks. Please visit the DHHS website for further information and advice regarding masks and current restrictions.

DHHS will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to:

  • vulnerable Victorians
  • Aboriginal Victorians and
  • workforces who come into direct client contact and deliver Victorian Government funded health and human services to a range of vulnerable Victorians

People who are eligible to receive a mask will need to visit their local community health centre, or a local pharmacy. Council is also proactively distributing masks to vulnerable residents.

For more information, visit the DHHS website.

Testing sites

There are a number of testing sites in the City of Maribyrnong. For further information and location details, head to the DHHS website.

Community Connectors

We have set up relief and recovery response teams that are available to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. These teams can provide information and advice about services that are available to those affected by COVID-19, including financial resources, food resources, and health resources. If you, your family or someone you know has been impacted by COVID-19 and is in need of support, please call our dedicated number on 9688 0434 from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Community survey

Council is seeking community feedback about issues faced relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your feedback will help Council plan our municipal relief and recovery effort and inform the next Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. To take part, please visit the website.

Library updates

Due to the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions, the Reservation Delivery Service will cease until further notice. The regular Home Library Service will also pause until further notice. Please see more information here.

While Maribyrnong Libraries are closed, you can access a wide range of eLibrary resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, films, magazines, and much more. Check the eLibrary Portal and Kids Online to learn more. You can access our eLibrary with your membership. If you’re not already a Maribyrnong Libraries member, you can sign up here.

You can also access a wide range of kids and adults activities through our Library At Home program. The program includes Story Time Online videos, Home Coders book groups, author talks and more. Check the Library At Home page for more information.

All loans will be extended until further notice.

If you have any questions, please email the library staff at library@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

 

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