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3 July 2020

Victorian suburbs identified as COVID-19 hotspots – what you need to know

Given the recent evidence of increasing levels of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria, the state government has announced changes in restrictions to help prevent the risk of further transmission.

You should be aware that different restrictions have been applied to certain suburbs in Victoria where outbreaks of COVID-19 have been detected through testing.

Below is a list of postcodes where the Victorian Government has reimposed Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions in response to evidence of significant community transmission of coronavirus in these locations. These newly reinstated restrictions came into effect from 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 July 2020.

What does it mean if I live in one of these locations?

If you live in one of the postcodes identified as an area under Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions, there are only four permissible reasons for you to leave home and be out in the community:

Wherever you can, you should do the above activities at home, or as close to home, as possible.

You are permitted to leave your home for study reasons if you are unable to study from home, have placements and/or other practical course components of your course. Information relating to these study requirements is available in your unit sites. Deakin will continue supporting students from these areas to study on campus where there is a legitimate reason requiring you to do so.

Please note if you live in one of these postcodes and you do need to leave your suburb, the same restrictions travel with you. That means you should not be leaving your postcode or suburb for any reason or activity other than one of the four acceptable reasons for you to be outside your home (as listed above).

What if I need to travel to one of the postcodes under Stage 3 lockdown?

If you live outside the specified locations currently under Stage 3 restrictions, there’s only four permissible reasons for you to enter these communities. Legitimate reasons for you to enter these suburbs are: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home. 

What if I am unable to travel to attend a placement and/or other practical component?

What do I need to know to stay safe?

For more information visit the Victorian Government coronavirus website.

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