Responding to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published: 3 August 2020

The following information is correct as of 3 August 2020.

The Victorian Government has announced updated restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria. For the latest information on restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Department of Health and Human Services.

Planning and responding to coronavirus (COVID-19): information for industries and businesses

Industry and business specific links:

Media releases and statements from the Victorian Government

3 August

Premier's statement on business restrictions and a guide for stage 4 restrictions for businesses

2 August

30 July
Premier's statement on mandatory face coverings for all Victorians.

28 July
The Victorian Government will support hundreds of local sporting leagues and associations across Victoria with $1.4 million in grants through the ‘Community Sport Sector Short-term COVID-19 Survival Package’.

28 July
Hundreds of Victorian creatives who have been hard-hit by the ongoing impacts of coronavirus have received grants from the second tranche of the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers grants.

24 July
The Victorian Government will continue to support local communities and businesses following the New South Wales Government’s decision to enforce a new border zone between the states.

23 July
The Victorian Government will extend the coronavirus worker support payment to make sure Victorians don’t have to choose between the safety of their workmates and their community. Further details about the Worker Support Payment is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

21 July
The Victorian Government will create more than 3,000 jobs in critical community-support organisations through its landmark Working for Victoria scheme – getting people left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic back to work.

19 July
People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and will now be required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons, following a concerning increase in coronavirus cases in recent days. For more information, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

17 July
Coronavirus testing will be stepped up across regional Victoria this week and a new Geelong-based public health team will be established to help slow the spread of the virus. Find out more on www.premier.vic.gov.au.

16 July
A small team of Victorians will take on roles cleaning and protecting Melbourne’s suburban waterways as part of the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria fund.

14 July
The Victorian Government has announced a further 1000 Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed to Victoria to support the coronavirus response.

12 July
The Victorian Government has announced a return to flexible and remote learning for students in Prep to Year 10 at government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire from Monday 20 July until at least 19 August. Year 11 and 12 students in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, and Year 10 students studying a VCE or VCAL subject will return to face-to-face learning from Monday 13 July.

10 July
The Victorian Government has announced a new $534 million Business Support Package which will provide more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. Impacted businesses can find out more on the Business Victoria website.

7 July
Latest restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59 pm on Wednesday 8 July.

Please read the Premier of Victoria’s statement for more information.

For more information, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

4 July
Given the increasing numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in particular locations and the heightened risk of transmission, Stay at Home restrictions have been applied to several Melbourne postcodes.

More information about restrictions, including the full list of restricted postcodes, is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

If your business is affected by the Stay at Home restrictions in these postcodes, you may be able to apply for a one-off $5,000 grant under the Restricted Postcodes Business Support Program.

4 July
The Victorian Government has announced the creation of the $15 million Victorian Live Music Venues Program.

26 June
Travellers and accommodation operators will benefit from on-site temperature testing over the school holidays plus additional testing clinics established at popular destinations.

25 June

The Victorian Government will begin a targeted testing blitz across ten priority suburbs from today, Thursday 25 June.

20 June
The Victorian Government has announced a number of changes to restrictions from 11.59 pm on 21 June 2020. More details are available at the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

16 June
The Victorian Government is giving Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and Traditional Owner group networks the resources they to need develop Aboriginal-led, culturally safe responses to coronavirus.

16 June
Victorian musicians, game developers, filmmakers, writers, galleries and fashion labels are among the first tranche of beneficiaries from the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.

16 June
More than 300 jobseekers have been hired to sanitise trams over the past few weeks in a major boost to cleaning services on the network through the Victorian Government's Working for Victoria initiative.

5 June
Dozens of Victorian jobseekers will be hired to plant 150,000 trees, plants and native grass tube stock across Melbourne through the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative.

1 June
Melbourne's major cultural institutions will officially re-open to the public on Saturday, 27 June.

21 May
The new Upskill My Business platform offers businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic free access to online short courses and training events.

20 May
A new Music Industry Liaison role has been created to help advise the Victorian Government on measures to support the state’s music economy and culture as it deals with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

18 May
Bushfire recovery roles have been created for those left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic as part of the Working for Victoria initiative.

The Victorian Government has announced $2.7 billion for projects to create jobs and drive the state's recovery.

15 May
The Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program will help apprentices and trainees displaced by the coronavirus pandemic to complete their apprenticeships and training and find work.

Hundreds of extra cleaners will work across 10 regional and 26 suburban communities cleaning public infrastructure, retail centres and shopping strips.

13 May
The Victorian Government is backing Victorian sport, tourism and creative industries, with a $150 million Experience Economy Survival Package.

10 May
The Victorian Government has an agreement with an initial 28 councils across Victoria to support more than 2,300 people into jobs that include land and asset management, community outreach, hardship relief delivery and crisis co-ordination.

7 May
The Victorian Government is supporting multicultural and multifaith families with a $11.3 million package to help these communities, which are facing their own unique challenges due to social isolation, language barriers or difficulties accessing services such as income support, Medicare or Centrelink.

6 May
The Victorian Government will support thousands more Victorians who have lost work due to coronavirus and ensure they are redeployed doing jobs our community needs to stay safe and rebuild from the pandemic.

6 May
An additional $17 million has been announced for Victorians with a disability during the coronavirus pandemic.

5 May
The Victorian Government will provide a further $491 million in tax relief to help save businesses and jobs, and freeze a host of fees, charges and levies to reduce the financial burden on households.

Other media releases and statements from the Victorian Government are available on the premier's media release website.