21 August 2021
Lockdown extended to regional Victoria
The Victorian Government has announced an extension of the existing lockdown across all of regional Victoria from 1:00pm today, Saturday 21 August 2021.
This is in response to an outbreak in Shepparton and the possibility that this has extended to other parts of the state.
This means that across all of Victoria there will be only five reasons to leave your home:
- To get the food and the supplies you need
- To exercise for up to two hours no more than 5km from your home
- For care or caregiving
- For authorised work or education if you can’t do it from home
- To get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.
A curfew does not apply to regional Victoria.
All dental practitioners across Victoria are only permitted to provide dental services for the management of patients with urgent needs or care where failure to do so in a clinically appropriate timeframe will lead to adverse outcomes. These restrictions are part of the Restricted Activity Directions issued by the Victorian Government under the authority of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) and are legally binding. Penalties apply for failure to comply with these restrictions.
Permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work, consistent with the arrangements that were in place last year and that currently operate in metropolitan Melbourne. Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working and when travelling for work from 11.59pm Monday 23 August 2021. The permits need to be certified by an employer. Permits are available here.
Face masks are required indoors and outdoors in both regional Victoria and Melbourne. This means all staff must wear a face mask in all areas of the dental practice (not just when treating patients) and patients must wear a face mask in the reception area. The face mask requirement applies to everyone aged 12 years and older unless an exemption applies. It is recommended that primary school children wear a face mask indoors and outdoors.