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This Advice message is being issued for Victoria.

  • This message replaces the Advice issued on Thursday 31 December 2020.
Face masks: 
  • You must continue to carry a face mask with you when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. 
  • Face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces
  • Face masks must be worn when you are travelling on public transport or in taxis or ride-shares and when you are in an airport terminal.  
  • It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask in other situations including when people visit your home and when you are outside and are unable to stay more than 1.5 metres from other people
  • There are lawful reasons for not wearing a face mask and information on these reasons can be found here.
Take the following actions to keep yourself and the community safe:
  • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask when you leave home, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 meters from others.
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading corona virus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors.
  • The maximum number of visitors to your home has been reduced to 15 (not including people who already live there or infants under 12 months)
  • For information on actions you can take to stay safe visit how to stay safe 
Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell or taste.
  • Get tested as soon as possible.
  • Stay at home until you receive your test results. Don't go to work, school or shopping.
  • Those who test positive and their close contacts must isolate for 14 days. Stay at home. Don't go to work, school or shopping. 
  • A full list of testing sites can be found here.
Victorian Border Crossings:
  • From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website
  • The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. 
  • The type of permit that you require will depend on where you have been. 
  • When you apply for a permit you will be asked where you are coming from and where you have travelled to. 
  • This is like a registration system and if you want to travel into Victoria you will need to let us know if you have been in a location which has been designated in a red, orange or green zone. 

International travelers: 
  • If you are travelling to Victoria from overseas, you must go into quarantine accommodation for 14 days from the day you arrive.
  • For more information visit information for overseas travellers.
This message was issued by Department of Health and Human Services.

The next update is expected by 27/01/2021 09:30 am or as the situation changes.

Stay informed:
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
  • To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398.
  • Translated coronavirus (COVID-19) resources are available here.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline.