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28 October 2020

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria has risen to 20,341 as of 27 October 2020, with two active cases recorded in Port Phillip. Visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website for the latest daily update on COVID-19, and view their latest media release for case numbers by local government area. DHHS also provides a breakdown of active case numbers by postcode, updated daily.

The State of Emergency in place in Victoria since 16 March has been extended until 11.59 pm Sunday 8 November. This allows the Victorian Government to continue enforcing physical distancing and isolation requirements, among other directions from the Chief Health Officer (CHO).

Victoria has also been in a State of Disaster since 6 pm on 2 August. This will also remain in place until 11.59 pm Sunday 8 November, giving police additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions.

COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening

On 6 September 2020, the Victorian Government announced a COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening.

Third step to reopening – key changes in metro Melbourne

From 11.59 pm Tuesday 27 October:

  • No restrictions on reasons to leave home
  • If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you can still only travel 25 kms
  • Cafes and restaurants will open, with limits of people - 20 indoors (10 per indoor space) and 50 outdoors. Business owners can find more information on current restrictions and how to keep their staff and customers safe.  
  • Shops can open. While shopping you need to respect the limit of allowed patrons in a shop. This limit on patrons is in place to ensure everyone in the shop can keep 1.5 metres distance.  
  • Personal care and body art services can open. They can only offer services where the customer can wear a face mask during the entire service. Home-based businesses may also open, as long as they meet the required COVIDSafe rules. 
  • If you can’t work from home, you can go to work, and you do not need to carry a permit. However, you still need a permit to travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for work or study. If you can work from home, you must continue to work from home. 
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people.  
  • You can have up to two people from the same household visit you at your home. You can only have one visit a day – this means once a day you can visit someone’s home or have them visit you at your home. Children and dependants are not included in this cap. The two people must be from the same household and visit together. You can only visit people within 25km of your home. It is strongly recommended you keep your mask on when visiting friends and family. By wearing a mask, you can help keep them and you safe.
  • Non-contact sport outdoors can resume for adults. Non-contact means you must be able to keep 1.5 metres between everyone. Sport is limited to the minimum number of people to needed to play. For example, cricket may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires. 
  • For people aged 18 and under contact and non-contact sport outdoors can resume. Sport is limited to the minimum number of people needed to play.  
  • You can exercise outdoors in a group of up to 10 people. A trainer is allowed in addition to this limit. 
  • You can have an outdoor wedding with up to 10 people. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. It doesn’t include the celebrant or photographer. If a wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
  • Funerals are allowed with up to 20 people. This limit doesn’t include babies under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral. If a funeral is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply. 
  • Outdoor religious gatherings near a place of worship for up to 20 people plus a faith leader are allowed. Indoor religious ceremonies are allowed with up to 10 people plus a faith leader.  While attending a religious gathering or ceremony there are steps you need to take to keep yourself and others safe including not sharing food, drink or items.
  • Some outdoor entertainment venues can open.
  • Accommodation remains closed for the purposes of holidaying.
  • Face masks are still required when leaving home. 

For full details, please see the DHHS Third Step webpage.

Guidelines when leaving home

If you do need to leave home, you should:

  • wash your hands before you leave and when you return home
  • keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others
  • always wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful exception
  • never, ever go out if you are unwell, unless it is to get tested and then you must go straight home.

Activity restrictions

Visit the DHHS website for the latest advice on Victoria’s restriction levels.

Victoria Police is issuing fines for breaches of these restrictions. To report any breaches of COVID-19 restrictions, call the Victoria Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

Council service changes

For a full list of venue closures and service changes in the City of Port Phillip, see Events, Service and Program Changes.

Translated resources

The Victorian Government has provided translated coronavirus information online in a number of languages. For more information about translated resources and interpreting services, visit Safety and Wellbeing during COVID-19.

COVIDSafe app

The Australian Government recommends that all Australians download the COVIDSafe app, to help speed up contacting people exposed to COVID-19. The more Australians that connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker the virus can be traced.

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