Mask wearing is now mandatory for everyone in Victoria to wear when outside your home and observing the essentials of gathering restrictions, social distancing and maintaining high level hygiene with frequent hand washing and coughing into elbows is more important than ever.
From 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August, Stage 3 restrictions come into place in regional Victoria.
There will only be four reasons to leave your house: shopping for necessary goods or services; medical care or compassionate reasons; exercise (within gathering and social distance requirements); and work and education, if necessary.
What does this mean if I have a second home in the shire?
People with a second place of residence in the shire will not be able to visit their second home, with limited exceptions to include emergency or maintenance, shared custody, or to stay with an intimate partner they don't live with.
How many people can I see in private or outdoors?
Gatherings will be restricted to no visitors in private and up to 2 people in public (not including household members). Restrictions return for weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies.
Will my children be able to go to school?
Remote learning, including for Year 11 and 12s, except for vulnerable children and children of permitted workers, will return from Wednesday 5 August. Childcare and kinder remain open for all children.
Can I play sport or take my children to play sport?
Community sport and facilities will be closed during Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. You can exercises with one other person, while maintaining the 1.5m social distancing, or those within your own household.
What about having a meal out, or retail shopping?
Restaurants and cafes will be available for take away and delivery only, with retail shopping restricted to set numbers and only for necessary goods and services.
Exemptions and further information on restrictions for regional Victoria can be found through the DHHS website.
The Department of Health and Human Services remains the lead Victorian agency dealing with the coronavirus disease and for any questions regarding restrictions, we encourage you to stay informed via https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or the 24 hour hotline 1800 675 398 and contact them immediately if unsure of how any new restrictions may apply to your situation.
More information on face masks, including instructions to make your own