02 July 2020

Level 1 dental restrictions continue to apply

Level 1 dental restrictions continue to apply across Victoria, including in restricted postcode areas.

We understand that some dentists in and around these restricted postcodes are anxious about the increased risks in these locations. Members should assess the risk, taking into account the health circumstances of their staff members and the nature of the treatment they provide. Use of rubber dam, pre-procedural mouth rinse and high-volume suction are important measures to reduce aerosols.

Refer to the FAQs below, and the ADA’s COVID-19 web page, for further information on key COVID-19 guidelines for dental practices.

FAQs

My practice is in a restricted postcode – can I still treat patients?

Yes – Level 1 dental restrictions apply. We urge practitioners in these areas to screen patients with a focus on their history of contact with known cases and any symptoms. It is also important to ensure adequate distancing for patients in the practice, maintain regular environmental cleaning and maintain high standards of infection control. You may consider deferring elective treatment for patients.

Are there any different Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements working in a restricted postcode?

No, there are no changes to the PPE requirements for Level 1 dental restrictions.

My practice is next to a restricted postcode – can I still treat patients?

Yes – Level 1 dental restrictions continue apply. Practitioners in these areas should continue to screen patients with a focus on their history of contact with known cases and any symptoms. It is also important to ensure adequate distancing for patients in the practice, and maintain regular environmental cleaning and high standards of infection control. You may consider deferring elective treatment for patients.

My practice is in a restricted postcode, but a staff member lives outside that suburb. Can they still travel to work?

Yes – attending a workplace is a valid reason to travel into a restricted postcode. Victoria Police may be enforcing restrictions, so staff should carry identification and indicate the reason for travel is to attend work in a healthcare setting.

My practice is in a restricted postcode, but some of my patients live outside that suburb. Can they still attend their appointment?

Yes – seeking medical treatment (including dental treatment) is a valid reason to travel into a restricted postcode.

A staff member lives in a restricted postcode, but my practice is outside that suburb. Can they still travel to work?

Yes – attending a workplace (where you cannot work from home) is a valid reason to travel out of a restricted postcode. Victoria Police may be enforcing restrictions, so staff should carry identification and indicate the reason for travel is to attend work in a healthcare setting.

My patient lives in a restricted postcode, but my practice is outside that suburb. Can they still attend their appointment?

Yes – seeking medical treatment (including dental treatment) is a valid reason to travel out of a restricted postcode.

Do staff members from restricted postcodes need to be tested for COVID-19?

Testing is not required to continue working in the dental setting in a restricted postcode. However, the Government is asking people who live and work in restricted postcodes to take action to stay safe and to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms. Staff from restricted postcodes who request a COVID-19 test because they feel unwell should self-isolate.