Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published on 23 November 2020

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The last step of Victoria's roadmap to reopening is now in place for Hume City and the rest of metropolitan Melbourne.

From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November 2020 a range of changes have come into effect. These changes include:

  • The number of visitors to your home has increased from two to 15 per day.
  • Outdoor gatherings in a public place have increased to 50.
  • If you’re outdoors and you can keep a safe distance, masks are no longer mandatory. Masks are still mandatory indoors, on public transport and if you cannot keep a safe distance outdoors.
  • From 30 November, up to 25 per cent of workers will be able to attend offices onsite.

You can learn more about the current restrictions on the Department of Health and Human Services website or phone the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Please check back for updates or follow Hume City Council on Facebook.

Council services reopening

A number of Council services have reopened under the third step of the Victorian Government's roadmap to reopening:

Affected Council facilities

In line with the third step of the Victorian Government's roadmap to reopening, the following services and facilities remain closed:

  • Youth Centres
  • Seniors Centres
  • Community transport
  • Aged and Disability Services social support groups
  • Community gardens
  • Sports settings that require facilities to be entered, staffed, or the use of communal facilities, e.g. indoor basketball courts
  • MADI desexing van
  • A range of non-urgent City Laws initiatives including the cat trapping program, domestic animal business inspections, multiple animal permit inspections and issuing of permits to burn.

Business support

To support businesses impacted by stage four restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, one-off grants will be made available to eligible businesses under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program:

  • $10,000 for employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in recognition of spending longer under restrictions

Businesses can apply now on the Business Victoria website.

For local hospitality businesses, we are making it as easy as possible to either start or expand their outdoor dining space to support their recovery from COVID-19. Learn more and apply for an outdoor dining permit here.

The Victorian Government is also providing grants of up to $5,000 to assist businesses with purchasing items for outdoor dining such as umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment. Visit Business Victoria to find out more and apply

You can also visit the Business support and advice page on our website for further updates.

Government support and assistance

The Victorian Government is providing one-off payments to financially support Victorians who are required to self-isolate or quarantine due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and may miss out on paid work as a result.
 
The support includes the following:
  • one-off $450 payment for Victorian workers who are required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of their coronavirus (COVID-19) test.
  • one-off $1500 payment to support Victorian workers who have been told to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they have either been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case. Or they have been told that their child needs to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case.

To find out more visit the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker support payment page.

Immediate relief while you wait for your coronavirus worker support payment

If you need immediate relief while you wait for your coronavirus worker support payment to be processed by the Victorian Government, you can call Council on 9356 6190. Our team will assist in organising any basic necessities you may need. We'll also make sure you have ongoing social support by putting you in contact with someone at DPV Health.

Community groups providing assistance

Hume City Council has provided grants of up to $25,000 to 14 agencies who are providing assistance to our community members. This assistance includes meals/food packages, food vouchers, toiletries and phonecards.

If you need help, please contact one of these agencies. Alternatively, you can download our guide of service providers in Hume City providing emergency relief and assistance.

Organisation

Food (meals,
packages or
parcels

Food
vouchers 
Toiletries  Phonecards/
vouchers
Location Contact
details
Anglicare
Victoria
 yes  yes yes yes  Craigieburn      anglicarevic.org.au
ph: 0408 129 590
Banksia Gardens
Community Services 
 yes yes yes yes Broadmeadows banksiagardens.org.au
ph: 9309 8531  
Brotherhood of
St Laurence
 yes        

 Please contact via email:
GWP.IntakeGeneral@bsl.org.au

CareWorks
SunRanges Inc
yes yes yes    Sunbury www.careworks.com.au
ph: 9740 5061 
Dallas
Neighbourhood
House
 yes        Broadmeadows dallasnh.org.au
9302 2131
Thursdays only, by appointment
 DPV Health  yes yes
 yes   dpvhealth.org.au
ph: 1300 234 263
Khalsa Darbar yes   yes   Mickleham  Facebook
Northpoint Centre
Food Pantry 
 yes   yes   Craigieburn northpointcentre.org.au
ph: 9308 1477  
Sri Guru
Singh Sabha 
 yes   yes    Craigieburn  sgss.org.au
secretary@sgss.org.au 
St Dominic's  yes yes yes yes Broadmeadows  sdbroadmeadows.catholic.edu.au
ph: 9309 4146
St Vincent De Paul
Society 
  yes  yes   Sunbury   vinnies.org.au
ph: 1800 305 330
The Salvation Army yes   yes    Craigieburn salvationarmy.org.au
ph: 8339 4987 
Tullamarine
Community House

 yes        Tullamarine  tullamarinehouse.org
ph: 9338 9072
Uniting Care yes  yes yes yes Broadmeadows unitingvictas.org.au
ph: 9351 3600 

 

Face masks

From 11.59pm Sunday 22 November if you’re outdoors and you can keep a safe distance, masks will no longer be mandatory. If you're indoors, on public transport or cannot keep a safe distance outdoors you will still need to wear a mask.

There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face mask. A face mask with three layers is the option recommended by the Chief Health Officer, as it provides the best protection for you and others. 

Make sure you're wearing your mask correctly by following the World Health Organisation's tips:

  • Wash your hands before touching the mask
  • Adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps on the sides - it should cover your nose, mouth and chin
  • Avoid touching the mask
  • Wash your hands before removing the mask
  • Remove the mask using the straps
  • Store the mask in a clean plastic resealable bag
  • Wash your hands after removing the mask
  • Wash your reusable mask in hot soapy water after each use
  • Put disposable masks in your garbage bin - they are not recyclable.

 

Tips to wear fabric masks safely

How to wear a medical mask safely

Translated resources

The Department of Health and Human Services has translated information including factsheets and promotional materials. You can access it by visiting the Translated Resources Coronavirus page on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Where to get tested

We urge you to do your part and get tested - even if you only have mild symptoms. Testing is currently available for people with the following symptoms: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, and loss of sense of smell or taste.

Testing is free for everyone and takes around a minute and involves a swab from the back of your throat and nose. For more information visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

There are a number of testing sites located in Hume City and surrounding suburbs, including: 

Drive-up sites:

  • Hume City Council Broadmeadows office carpark: 1079 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows (behind the Centrelink building). Open daily 9am - 5pm.
  • Melbourne Airport: Terminal 4 Level 2, Melbourne Airport. Open daily 9am - 5pm.
  • Northern Health - Craigieburn: 274 - 304 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn. Open daily 9am - 4pm.

Walk-up sites:

  • Sunbury Respiratory Clinic: 29 Timmins Street, Sunbury. Open daily, 10am – 4pm.

For the latest information visit vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

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