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If you can work from home, you must work from home (1.06.20)
In light of new evidence indicating increased activity, the obligation for employers to keep their staff working from home will now be included in the Chief Health Officer’s directions External link (opens in same window). For employees, that means an obligation to keep working from home. And for employers, an obligation to support them in doing so.
Guidelines for re-opening:
Announcement of Eased Restrictions (24.05.20)
In all your activities, be considered. Be cautious. Use your common sense.
- Employees who can work from home – we’re asking that they keep working from home.
Effective from Tuesday 26 May 2020:
- Outdoor playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor communal gym equipment will reopen.
Effective from 11.59pm Sunday 31 May 2020:
- Have a total of 20 people in your home (For a family of five, that means 15 visitors).
- Outdoor gatherings can also increase to 20.
- Overnight stays can resume at private residences and overnight stays in accommodation.
- Campgrounds and caravan parks can open – but not with communal facilities like kitchens or bathrooms.
- 20 people allowed at weddings – plus the celebrant and couple.
- Up to 50 people allowed at a funeral, in addition to those required to conduct the ceremony.
- Up to 20 will be allowed at other religious ceremonies, in addition to those required to perform the service.
- Libraries, youth centres and other community facilities will be able to open with no more than 20 people in a single area, plus those needed to operate the space.
- Entertainment and cultural venues like galleries, museums, drive-in cinemas and historic sites will be able to open their doors, alongside zoos and outdoor amusement parks. Physical distancing and a limit of up to 20 patrons per space will apply, and indoor venues will be required to keep customer contact details.
- Swimming pools will also open with limits of 20 people and additional safety requirements in place.
- Community sporting activities will also be permitted with up to 20 people in undivided spaces, provided the sport is outdoors, non-competition, non-contact, and people are able to play 1.5 metres apart.
- Beauty and personal care services like nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours will be able to open with up to 20 customers per space – with customer contact details required to be kept.
- Auctions and open for inspections will also be subject to the 20-person limit – plus those required to conduct the activity – with agents also required to keep the contact details of everyone who attends.
- Non-food and drink market stalls will also be able to open.
Providing everything goes well, from June 22, 2020:
- Indoor fitness and recreation facilities will open with up to 20 people per space and up to 10 people per group or activity at any one time.
- Up to 50 people will be permitted in restaurants, cafes, galleries, museums and for the first time, cinemas and theatres.
- Ski season will open slightly later this year on 22 June.
3 Step Plan for a COVIDSafe Australia
This infographic presents the 3-step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.
- Maintain 1.5m distancing and good hygiene
- Stay home if unwell
- Frequently clean and disinfect communal areas
- COVIDSafe plan for workplaces and premises
Overview of steps:
- Step 1: The important first small steps — connect with friends and family — allowing groups of people to be together in homes and in the community.
- Step 2: Slightly larger gatherings and more businesses reopening. Higher risk activities have tighter restrictions.
- Step 3: A commitment to reopening business and the community with minimal restrictions, but underpinned by COVIDSafe ways of living.
Download the infographic HERE.
Victorian School Return Dates
The Victorian government has announced that students, teachers and support staff can return to face-to-face teaching. This follows advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer.
The return to school will take place in two stages. This will give the Victorian Chief Health Officer and Government time to monitor and evaluate the effects that the staged return to school has on the increased movement of people and transmission within the community.
Schools will begin a staged return from remote and flexible learning from Tuesday 26 May 2020. All students will attend school as normal from Tuesday 9 June 2020.
To support all school staff to prepare for the transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day. This is important to enable the planning necessary to ensure the successful transition back to school can be completed.
Stage 1: May 26 - June 5:
Return to on-site schooling for:
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE))
- all students enrolled in specialist schools.
Remote and flexible learning will continue for the following students until Tuesday 9 June:
- grades 3 to 6
- years 7 to 10.
Stage 2: from June 9
All students expected to attended school as normal.
Victorian Resrictions Update
Following the biggest coronavirus testing blitz in the nation, the Victorian Government has announced it will gradually ease restrictions – while continuing to ensure the safety of our state.
Under the changes, it means that there will be five reasons to leave your home:
- shopping for food and supplies that you need
- care and caregiving
- exercise and outdoor recreation
- work and education – if you can’t do it from home
- visiting friends and family – if you really need to
These new arrangements will come into effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May.
As they introduce these changes, they're also asking Victorians to use their judgement and common sense. Lives are counting on it.
The message remains the same: if you can stay at home, you must stay at home.
Aligning with the outcomes of National Cabinet, that means:
- outdoor gatherings being permitted with up to 10 people
- indoor gatherings at home are permitted, with 5 visitors able to visit the normal residents of a household
- the ability to leave the house for exercise will be expanded to include outdoor recreational activities. These activities can occur in groups of up to 10 people outside, but the requirements on physical distancing remain
- for weddings 10 guests are allowed, plus the couple and the celebrant
- for funerals, 20 people will be allowed at an indoor ceremony and 30 people at an outside ceremony. This is in addition to the minimum people required to conduct the funeral
- religious gatherings and ceremonies will be permitted with up to 10 people, plus those required to perform the ceremony.