Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published on 21 August 2021

Thanks to the high uptake in vaccination, certain restrictions will ease from 6pm Friday 29 October.

What's changing?

The following changes to restrictions will come into effect from 6pm Friday 29 October 2021:

  • Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne come together under the same rules
  • Up to 30 people including dependants can gather in public outside. 
  • Indoor community sport open for minimum number required.
  • Masks are only required inside
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes can open for seated service to fully vaccinated people indoors, and non-seated service to up to 500 fully vaccinated people outdoors. 
  • Work from home if you can, but you can go to work if fully vaccinated. 
  • Hairdressing, beauty, personal care: open for fully vaccinated people. 
  • All retail open
  • Early childhood education and care is open
  • All students return to school
  • On-site adult education returns for fully-vaccinated Victorians
  • Weddings, funerals and religious services return for fully vaccinated people in doors and 500 people outdoors. 

 

Changes that came into effect from 11.59pm 21 October 2021 include:
  • Lockdown ends - the reasons to leave home and curfew are no longer in place.
  • Up to 10 visitors permitted per day to your home.
  • Up to 15 people can gather outside.
  • All students back in class part time (years 7, 11 and 12 full time).
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes open for 20 fully vaccinated guests inside and 50 fully vaccinated outside.
  • Weddings, funerals, and religious gatherings permitted for 20 fully vaccinated attendees inside and 50 fully vaccinated outside.
  • Hairdressers are open for 5 fully vaccinated people.

View the COVIDSafe settings for metropolitan Melbourne and some areas of regional Victoria.

Changes to our services include: 

More of our services will be changing and reopening inline with the easing of restrictions from Friday 29 October. Check back for more details.  

  • Resource Recovery Centres (tips) reopening to residential and commercial customers. Standard operating hours will apply.
  • Mulching days resuming (with the first mulching day being Sunday 24 October).
  • Sunbury outdoor pool reopening from Tuesday 26 October for up to 50 people.
  • Outdoor community sport training resuming for the minimum number to facilitate training permitted.
  • Community Gardens reopening.
  • Three Year Old Kindergarten, Four Year Old Kindergarten and Long Day Care open for fully vaccinated parents/carers.

Hume City’s Vaccination Tracker

The Australian Government Department of Health releases a weekly geographic vaccination rates report that lists the percentage of people aged 15 and over who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, by state/territory and by their local government area (LGA). 

Each week Hume City updates its Vaccine Tracker with the latest vaccination rates from across the Hume local government area. This information is displayed on the top banner of our website and on the Hume City Council Facebook.  

For further information about the vaccination data as well as other COVID-19 resources, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website

         

Council will continue to offer essential services such as bin collections, hard rubbish collections, preschool and childcare services and immunisations. However, some services will be unavailable

You can still contact us on 9205 2200 or by emailing contactus@hume.vic.gov.au.

If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.

Visit the Victorian Government coronavirus website for detailed COVIDSafe settings.

Follow Hume City Council on Facebook for updates.

You can also contact the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Changes to Council services

The following closures are in place for the duration of the lockdown:

  • Tips/resource recovery centres.
  • All community facilities including Hume Global Learning Centres, senior citizens centres, youth centres and all community venues - except where these facilities are being used as a COVID-19 immunisation or testing site, or for another authorised activity.
  • Customer Services Centres.
  • Leisure Centres and all indoor and outdoor sports and recreation (except playgrounds).
  • Libraries - except for Hume Libraries Express and Click and Collect.

From Monday 23 August, all childcare centres and kinders across Victoria will be closed except to children whose parents are authorised workers and cannot be supervised at home. Vulnerable children can still attend. Visit Changes to Council services for more information. Visit Changes to Council Services for more information. 

Exposure sites

View the Victorian Government's up-to-date list of exposure sites for more information. 

Exposure sites

Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test and contact Victorian Department of Health on 1300 651 160.

 

Keep checking the list of exposure sites, as new sites may be added, based on new information.
 
For all testing locations, opening hours and wait times, visit Where to get tested.

Face masks

  • Face masks are mandatory indoors (not at home) for anyone aged 12 and above, unless an exception applies.  
  • Face masks are mandatory in the workplace – unless an exception applies.
  • Teachers, educators and carers must wear masks. Secondary school students must also wear masks, unless an exception applies.
  • Masks must be worn outdoors where of at least 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Masks must be worn on public transport and in commercial passenger vehicles (e.g., taxies and rideshares).
  • Face masks must be worn outdoors when you can't maintain 1.5 meters distance from people who are not your intimate partner. 
  • You must carry a mask with you at all times. 

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

Getting tested

If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested for COVID-19 and isolate at home until you get your result. Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

 Additional testing sites have been activated in the following locations in Hume as of 15 July: 

  • Walk-in testing at Craigieburn Central 
  • Pop-up drive through at Sprint Pavilion Car Park, Craigieburn.

Getting vaccinated

You may be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Find out who can get vaccinated.

Food relief

We have a number of local agencies that can provide food parcels or grocery vouchers for people who are experiencing hardship.

View our list of food relief agencies

If you are self-isolating and require emergency food relief, please contact the Victorian Government's coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment

The Victorian Government is providing a $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment to support Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate while you wait for the results of your COVID-19 test.

Find out how you can apply for the $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment.

Information in other languages

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.

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