Easing restrictions alongside increased testing

May 28, 2020

With the sixth most intensive testing program in the world, Victoria has begun to ease restrictions; sending students back to school and reopening playgrounds. The gradual easing of restrictions also coincides with the first human trials of a vaccine for COVID-19 in the southern hemisphere taking place at the Alfred Hospital, with results expected by July.

Easing of restrictions

The Victorian Government also announced further restrictions will be eased from 11:59pm on 31 May including allowing overnight stays at private residences and accommodation.

If community transmission rates remain low and testing rates remain high, Victoria may further relax restrictions from 22 June, including restricted access to indoor fitness and recreation facilities, and permitting 50 people to gather in restaurants, cafes, galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres.

New resources

The past week has also seen further support and guidance for services. The Victorian Government updated the COVID-19 quick reference guidelines, the case and contact management guidelines and the infection control and prevention guidelines, all available here.

The Commonwealth Government also released multiple resources, including:

  • two videos on wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in aged care and allied health settings, available here.
  • New materials to support services and staff providing care to people with intellectual or developmental disability during the COVID-19 pandemic are also available including:

There is also guidance on PPE for disability care providers, available here, an updated module on infection control training for health workers, available here, and guidance for home-based aged care providers, available here.

Continued investment

The Commonwealth Government has also made a range of investments including $57.2 million to improve palliative care in aged care facilities and $20 million for mental health research and suicide prevention.

To help members stay up-to-date with key advice from State and Commonwealth governments in relation to COVID-19, the VHA has continued to share, each day, a COVID-19 wrap-up on its website, which is available here