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Advice - Communicable Disease

This Advice message is being issued for Victoria.

  • People in Victoria should stay informed and take steps to protect themselves from COVID-19 infection.
  • A state of emergency has been declared for Victoria. The Chief Health Officer has issued a direction under the emergency powers that all non-essential mass gatherings of 500 people or more are prohibited in Victoria from 16 March 2020 to 13 April 2020.
  • The ban does not apply to the normal operations of airports, public transport, health and emergency services, disability and aged care facilities, child care centres, correctional facilities, courts and tribunals, retail stores, supermarkets, hotels, motels, office buildings, factories, construction sites, universities and educational institutions. Schools are exempt but only for the operation of normal teaching and learning programs.  
  • For more information: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-measures
  • For daily updates check: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-update

Protect your health:

Victorians must take action now to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

To protect yourself from COVID-19 regularly wash your hand and practice cough hygiene.

If you are unwell self-isolate at home and don’t go to public places. Do not attend work, schools, universities or social gatherings during this period. Do not visit healthcare facilities or aged care facilities.

If you have returned from overseas, you must self-isolate for 14 days. 

What you should do:

Protect your health:

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing in greeting.
  • Avoid crowds whenever possible. If this is not possible keep the time in a crowd as short as possible. 

Monitor for symptoms:

  • Watch for fever, cough or shortness of breath. Other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache and runny nose, muscle pain or diarrhoea.

If you develop symptoms: 

If you are preparing to self-isolate you can find advice on what you should do here: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19#how-should-i-be-prepared-for-the-coronavirus-outbreak.

Emergency contacts:

  • If you suspect you may have COVID-19 infection call the dedicated hotline - 1800 675 398.
  • Anyone experiencing potentially life threatening symptoms should call Triple Zero (000).

Impacts in your area:

This message was issued by Chief Health Officer.

The next update is expected by 18/03/2020 04:00 pm or as the situation changes.

Stay informed:


The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.

  • To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call the COVID-19 infection hotline.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the COVID-19 infection hotline. 

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