BUV Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

20th October 2020

On this page, you can find information and guidance from the BUV regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. For Church resources and translated information, click here.

Translated DHHS information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Burmese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/burmese
Chin: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/chin
Chinese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/chinese
Hakkahttps://soundcloud.com/betterhealthcast/hakka-melbourne-and-mitchell-shire-restrictions-9-july-2020/s-oHg4z19kFEN
Indonesianhttps://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/indonesian
Karen: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/karen
Korean: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/korean
Samoan: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/samoan
Vietnamese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/vietnamese
Zomihttps://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/zomi

 

Update 20/10/20
Melbourne and Regional Victoria

Source:
DHHS
Premier’s Statement
Melbourne Summary of Easing of Restrictions – 18 Oct and 1 Nov
Regional Summary of Easing of Restrictions – 18 Oct and 1 Nov
Restrictions – Log of changes to the Permitted Work Premises List

From Sunday 11:59pm 18 October 2020 changes are being made to restrictions in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Over the coming days more information about the changes to restrictions will be added based on information from Victoria’s restriction level page and coronavirus Victoria website.

 

Changes for metropolitan Melbourne – 2nd Step Restrictions

From 11:59pm 18 October 2020, the changes to restrictions include:

  • You can now travel up to 25 km from your home or permitted workplace within metropolitan Melbourne. This replaces the 5km rule. Travel to regional Victoria is still only allowed for permitted purposes even if this is within 25 kms. This means you cannot travel into regional Victoria for exercise or recreation.
  • You can leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.
  • You can meet in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place to socialise (children under 12 months of age not included in the limit). An outdoor public place means areas accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches. This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
  • You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
  • Repairs and maintenance can occur at a Permitted Work Premises if they are required for the operations of that premises. It is up to the operator of the workplace to determine whether repairs and maintenance are required for this purpose. Places of worship is considered a permitted work premise for the following reasons:
    • outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies
    • permitted funerals;
    • broadcast of ceremonies (with a maximum of five people); or
    • an essential public support service (such as a food bank or a service for homeless persons); or
    • essential support groups (such as those related to alcohol and drugs, family violence and parenting), with a maximum of 10 people.
  • Landscaping and gardening services businesses with a valid ABN can operate from the Second Step, under the conditions that work can be safely conducted entirely outside, contact-free, and by one person operating alone at all times. Permitted landscaping and gardening services:

    • basic landscaping
    • mowing, edging and lawn care
    • plant fertilising, pruning and watering
    • stump grinding and other arborist services  
  • The following services must operate solely outdoors with up to five people (with an additional supervisor) where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, for businesses with an ABN:
    – Outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, including at occupied premises
    – Home renovations and installations (outdoor only)
    – Home solar panel installations (only for outdoor work or in roof cavities with external access) 
  • Indoor religious ceremonies: not allowed; 5 people can attend a place of worship to conduct a ceremony being broadcast.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: permitted for a limit of five people, plus one faith leader. Must be adjacent to the place of worship with only one group permitted at a time.
  • Weddings: permitted in outdoor public spaces with a maximum of 5 attendees (including the couple and two witnesses, but not including the celebrant). Weddings
    can be conducted indoors if one or both persons being married are at the end of their life only.
  • Funerals: allowed up to 10 people (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap) and people required to conduct funeral.
FAQs – Melbourne

 

From 11.59pm, 1 November:
– Indoor Religious ceremonies: not allowed; 5 people can attend a place of worship to conduct a ceremony being broadcast.
– Private worship: allowed for households or household bubbles, plus a faith leader.
– Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: up to 20 people, plus 1 faith leader.
– Weddings: up to 10 people (including couple and two witnesses), celebrant excluded from cap.
– Funerals: up to 20 people, infants under 12 months and people to conduct funeral not included in cap. If weddings or funerals are held at private residence, private gathering restrictions apply, including the household bubble.
– Places of worship (including the conducting of ceremonies): subject to caps and existing workplace requirements, including but not limited to record keeping, cleaning requirements, and having a COVIDSafe plan in place.

 

Changes for regional Victoria – Third Step Restrictions

From 11:59pm 18 October 2020, the changes to restrictions include:

  • You can have up to two people visit you at home each day. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The two people may be from different households. This replaces the household bubbles.
  • Libraries and toy libraries can open for up to 20 people indoors. No more than 10 people can gather in a space (for example for a class). The one person per four square metre rule Signage, cleaning and record-keeping requirements apply.
  • The limits of people in restaurants and cafes increases. You can have up to 70 people outdoors and up to 10 people per indoor space with a maximum of 40 people per venue indoors. The two and four square metre rules apply. Indoor spaces must be separated by permanent structures (should reach floor to ceiling or be at least 2.1 metres high) or be a discrete area of the premises. Businesses must continue to ensure people from metropolitan Melbourne do not eat-in.
  • Indoor swimming pools can open exclusively for those aged 18 and under. There is a limit of 20 customers in the pool or the one person per four square metre rule (whichever is the smaller number of people). One parent/guardian/carer per child is permitted for supervision purposes and not included in the limit. Swimming classes can resume.
  • Indoor pools can open for one-on-one hydrotherapy sessions with a limit of 10 people in the pool at one time.
  • Licensed tourism services that use open-air vehicles only are permitted to operate. A vehicle, inclusive of roofed vehicles, is considered an open-air vehicle if at least two sides are open to airflow at all times.
  • Indoor Religious ceremonies: not allowed; 5 people can attend a place of worship to conduct a ceremony being broadcast
  • Private worship: allowed for households, plus a faith leader
  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: up to 20 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship. This replaces the limit of ten people. This includes ceremonies, with no sharing of food, drink, crockery, utensils, vessels or other equipment by participants.
  • Weddings: up to 10 people (including couple and two witnesses), celebrant excluded from cap
  • Funerals: up to 20 people, infants under 12 months and people to conduct funeral not included in cap. If weddings or funerals are held at private
    residence, private gathering restrictions apply
FAQs – Regional Victoria

 

FROM 11.59PM, 1 NOVEMBER: Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: up to 50 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship

 

Update 02/10/20
Metropolitan Melbourne Second Step 

Source: DHHSStatement from the Premier

From 11:59pm 27 September, metropolitan Melbourne has moved to the Second Step of easing restrictions. 

The curfew is lifted in metropolitan Melbourne from 5am on Monday 28 September. There will be higher on the spot fines for breaching rules about visitors to your home and outdoor gatherings

The four reasons that you can leave home remain, however some changes have been made to restrictions:

  • shopping for food or other essential items
  • exercise and outdoor social activity with members of your household or up to five people (including you, and from a maximum of two households) as long as you do not travel more than 5km. This must be in a public outdoor space, and does not apply to people’s backyards or outdoor spaces connected to a home.
  • permitted work, and for the purposes of education. That includes taking children to school, childcare or outside school hours care service in which they are enrolled.
  • caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment

Religious Gatherings and Ceremonies

  • Religious ceremonies broadcast: a maximum of 5 people can attend a place of worship to conduct ceremony being broadcast.
     
  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: permitted with a limit of five people, plus one faith leader. Must be adjacent to the place of worship (5km rules still applies) with only one group permitted at a time. Sharing of food, drink, crockery, utensils, vessels or other equipment by participants is not permitted.
     
  • Weddings: permitted in outdoor public spaces with a maximum of 5 attendees, including the couple and two witnesses, but not including the celebrant. Weddings do not need to occur proximate to a place of worship.
     
  • Funerals: up to 10 people, plus infants under 12 months and people to conduct funeral

As much as you can, you must stay at home. When you leave home, you must use a face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

Summary of Second Step

 

Third Step Metro Melbourne  – It is anticipated that the move to the third step for Metro Melbourne will happen prior to the original date of end of October.  The easing of restrictions to the third step will be based on case numbers and it is expected to be around 19th October. 

 

 

Update 07/09/20 10.00am

Source:
VIC Gov
Roadmap for reopening – Metropolitan 
Roadmap for reopening – Regional Victoria

Metropolitan Melbourne
Regional Victoria

Coronavirus Home Safety Plan

 

MELBOURNE
 
First Step – Melbourne

CURRENT FROM 11.59pm 13 SEPTEMBER 2020:

  • Curfew in place 9pm to 5am
  • Stay within 5km of your home except for permitted reasons such as work or education if these can not be done at home
  • Exercise or recreation: 2 people or a household can meet outdoors for two hours maximum
  • Visitors to the home: “Single person bubble” 1 nominated visitor if living alone/single parent (all children under 18) 
  • Shopping for essentials, 1 person per household, once a day
  • Weddings: only for compassionate reasons, with up to 5 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant)
  • Funerals: allowed with up to 10 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral)
  • Religion: places of worship closed. Recording and essential public services allowed (up to 5 people and must adhere to the DHHS’s cleaningdensitysignage and record keeping requirements.)
FAQs
 
Second Step – Melbourne

Metro Melbourne can move to the second step after 28 September AND when we reach an average daily case rate in metro Melbourne of 30 to 50 cases over a 14 day period with public health advice regarding transmission source.

  • Only leave home for 4 reasons: school or work (if these can not be done from home), care or caregiving, to purchase essentials, exercise within 5km
  • Public gatherings: up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors for social interaction (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap) 
  • Visitors to the home: “Single person bubble” 1 nominated visitor if living alone/single parent (all children under 18) 
  • Childcare is open to all children
  • Schools return to onsite learning from Term 4 with safety measures
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation allowed
  • Restaurants and cafes open for takeaway and delivery only
  • Retail – essential only with others only for click and collect
  • Weddings: allowed with up to 5 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant).
  • Funerals: allowed with up to 10 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral).
  • Religion: places of worship closed, outdoor gatherings (not ceremonies) of up to 5 people, plus 1 faith leader, proximate to a place of worship, are allowed.
Third Step – Melbourne

CURRENT AFTER 26 OCTOBER AND Daily average number of cases in the last 14 days is less than 5 (state-wide) AND less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days (state-wide total). The time period must pass AND the number of cases must be low enough to move to the next step. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Spend time with others outside where possible
  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people
  • Visitors allowed at home from 1 other household (up to 5 people)
  • Schools will see a potential staged return for onsite learning for Grade 3 to Year 10 subject to public health advice
  • Hospitality open for predominantly outdoor seated service only
  • All retail open, except personal care (hairdressers open)
  • Weddings: allowed with up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant)
  • Funerals: allowed with up to 20 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral)
  • Religion: outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader, facilities open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader
Last Step – Melbourne

CURRENT AFTER 23 NOVEMBER AND when there are no new cases for 14 days. The time period must pass AND the number of cases must be low enough to move to the next step. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Public gatherings: up to 50 people outdoors
  • Visitors in the home: up to 20 visitors at a time
  • Schools open for onsite learning with safety measures
  • Hospitality open for seated service only
  • All retail open with safety measures
  • Phased return of organised contact sports resume for all ages. Limitations for spectators
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with some restrictions
  • Weddings: allowed with 50 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant), 20 in a private residence
  • Funerals: allowed with 50 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral), 20 in a private residence
  • Religion: public worship (not including private ceremonies e.g. baptism) can resume in outdoor and indoor settings subject to density quotient
COVID Normal – Melbourne

CURRENT WHEN there are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • No restrictions on visitors at home 
  • Schools open for onsite learning with safety measures
  • Hospitality and retail all open
  • No restrictions on community sports or spectators
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with safety measures and record-keeping
  • Weddings, funerals, religion: no limits but organisers required to keep records of attendees
REGIONAL VICTORIA
Third Step – Regional Victoria

WHEN:  from 11:59pm on 16 September

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home or the distance you can travel across regional Victoria. 
  • Public Gatherings: Groups of up to ten people will be able to meet up outdoors. This does not include children under 12 months of age. 
  • Private Gatherings: visitors allowed at home from 1 other household (up to 5 people). The cap on visitors does not include children under 1 year of age. It must be the same household throughout the Third Step. The household you form a bubble with must live in regional Victoria. 
  • Weddings: allowed with up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant). If you hold the wedding in your home, the restrictions on private gatherings will apply. 
  • Funerals: allowed with up to 20 people. This doesn’t include the people required to conduct the service or children under 1 year of age. If you hold the funeral in your home, the restrictions on private gatherings will apply. 
  • Places of worship: outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader are allowed. Places of worship can open for private worship for households or social bubbles (up to five people), plus a faith leader. 

3rd Step – Restrictions Summary

FAQs

Last Step – Regional Victoria

WHEN: AFTER 23 NOVEMBER and when there are no new cases for 14 days across Victoria. The time period must pass AND the number of cases must be low enough to move to the next step. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Public gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors 
  • Up to 20 visitors at home
  • Schools open for onsite learning with safety measures
  • Hospitality open for seated service only
  • All retail open
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with some restrictions
  • Weddings: allowed with 50 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant), 20 in a private residence.
  • Funerals: allowed with 50 people (not including infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral), 20 in a private residence.
  • Religion: public worship (not including private ceremonies e.g. baptism) can resume in outdoor and indoor settings subject to density quotient.
COVID Normal – Regional Victoria

WHEN: There are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories. This is a trigger point for public health review.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • No restrictions on visitors at home 
  • Schools open for onsite learning with safety measures
  • Hospitality and retail all open
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with safety measures and record-keeping
  • Weddings, funerals, religion: no limits but organisers required to keep records of attendees

 

Previous Advice:
BUV COVID-19 Advice (Aug)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (July)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (June)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (May)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (April)
BUV COVID-19 Advice (March)