Updated: May 28, 2021

Good afternoon,

A seven-day lockdown has been announced across Victoria, starting at midnight tonight (Thursday 27 May).

There are now five reasons to leave your home: care and caregiving, exercise, work, to buy groceries and to get vaccinated. Exercise and shopping are limited to five kilometres from home.

You also now need to wear a face mask everywhere outside of your own home (unless you have an exemption).

What does the lockdown mean for you and the people we support?

From midnight tonight (Thursday 27 May), visits are only permitted to disability group homes or specialist disability accommodation by those providing essential care or support for a persons physical or emotional wellbeing. A maximum of two visitors per day and no time limits. Please contact your group home if you want to visit for more details.

These restrictions apply to group homes and specialist accommodation across Victoria.

Our non-essential day supports will be closed for the duration of the lockdown (from midnight Thursday 27 May).

Individuals supports in the home will continue however there will no community access. We will continue to provide supports to people who are vulnerable.

If you feel you need more support, please do not hesitate to contact your regional GMO:

· Acting GMO Central Highlands & Wimmera, Sonia Pesti sonia.pesti@melbasupport.com.au or Jacqui McCowan jacqui.McCowan@melbasupport.com.au

· GMO East, Aaron Fry aaron.fry@melbasupport.com.au

· GMO Gippsland, Kerrie White kerrie.white@melbasupport.com.au

· GMO South, Angela Quero angela.quero@melbasupport.com.au

For any further enquiries please call Melba’s pandemic hotline on 1300 MYMELBA (1300 696352)

The latest information on the new COVID-19 restrictions

Details on the new Tier 1 and Tier 2 exposure sites in Melbourne

Information on booking your vaccine appointment

Stay safe, and we will update you as we have more information.

Kind regards,