12 July 2020

COVID-19 update - Level 2 dental restrictions recommended

ADAVB recommends move to Level 2 dental restrictions

With COVID-19 cases continuing to increase across Victoria over the past week, ADAVB is now recommending that all dental practices in metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell move to Level 2 dental restrictions from Wednesday 15 July 2020. Dental Health Services Victoria has made the decision to move to Level 2 dental restrictions from Monday 13 July 2020.

Although overall community transmission remains relatively low, there is now growing concern of an increased risk of an asymptomatic patient attending a dental appointment. The number of active and new cases is different across Melbourne which may lead some dentists to question whether Level 2 is appropriate in their location. The Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions apply across all of Melbourne regardless of the relative case numbers because it is considered necessary to restrict movement of people across Melbourne to prevent further transmission of COVID-19, and for that reason we are recommending that Level 2 dental restrictions apply across metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell.

We recognise that this is a difficult decision for our profession, but we have an obligation to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our members and their staff and patients, and the dental profession has a role to play in helping the community to manage this pandemic. Level 2 dental restrictions help to minimise the risk of transmission whilst maintaining access to necessary dental care for the community.

More information: adavb.org/resources/for-dental-professionals/covid-19