15 September 2021

Restriction changes in Ballarat and Shepparton

As Greater Shepparton comes out of lockdown, the City of Ballarat goes back in.

City of Ballarat

The Victorian Government has announced that the City of Ballarat will move back into lockdown from 11:50pm tonight, 15 September 2021. This is a response to a localised outbreak in the Ballarat community.

This means that there will be only five reasons to leave your home:

  1. To get the food and the supplies you need
  2. To exercise for up to two hours no more than 5km from your home
  3. For care or caregiving
  4. Authorised work or education if you can’t do it from home
  5. To get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

The curfew does not apply to the City of Ballarat.

This means that dental practitioners will only be permitted to provide dental services in 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). These restrictions apply to all dental practitioners in the City of Ballarat.

Permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work, consistent with the arrangements that currently operate in metropolitan Melbourne. Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working and when travelling for work. The permits need to be certified by an employer.

Greater Shepparton

Lockdown restrictions will be lifted in Greater Shepparton from 11:59pm tonight, 15 September 2021. The five reasons to leave the home will be removed and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne. The Authorised Worker list will no longer apply in Greater Shepparton. This means that dental practices can return to pre-lockdown settings with no restrictions on patient access to care. It is important to continue with COVIDSafe protocols to minimise the risk in your practice.