From 11:59 pm Thursday 18th November, self-quarantine requirements for COVID-19 cases and close contacts have been significantly eased. This is because Victoria has achieved the 90% double vaccination milestone over the weekend of 20 & 21 November. There are no longer density limits at hospitality venues, restrictions of home visits have been removed, and masks will no longer be required in most settings.
However, masks will still be required in health facilities, public transport, retail settings, and in primary schools. Under the new settings:
Positive cases will now have to isolate for 10 days instead of 14
There will no longer be contact tracing related to positive cases and exposure sites will not be published
Household close contacts will have to isolate for seven days if fully vaccinated and 14 days if not vaccinated
Non-household close contacts will only have to isolate until they get a negative test result
Cases will have to notify their workplace, school or childcare about a positive result
These new requirements are based on modelling from the Burnet Institute and international experience.
Melba is still waiting on facilities directions so until we receive these we will continue to use the same PPE and restrictions. We will keep you informed of relevant changes to our services as these changes occur and for more detailed information, please look at Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown here.
On the advice of the Victorian Government public health team, all workers – in Melbourne and regional Victoria – on the Authorised Worker list were required to have their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday, 15 October in order to continue working onsite. They will need to be fully vaccinated by 26 November. Disability workers are on the ‘Authorised Worker’ list and Melba has been working through what is required to achieve this. Our thanks go to those who have already had a vaccination.
Please continue to monitor coronavirus.vic.gov.au for the latest public health advice from the Victorian Government and a list of all restriction settings: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings
To see an outline of the latest restrictions: here
Important information about managing the lockdown in the Melba Way
We will continue to support people in the best way possible, and please understand changes are being made regularly.
We will continue to support those individuals who are most vulnerable and where centre-based support is essential.
Individual Supports will continue in the home for individuals who are vulnerable however there will be community access, in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.
Supported Independent Living (SIL) services
SIL services will continue in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.
STAA (Respite services)
At this time STAA (Respite services) will continue.
People booking into or attending for booked respite can do so on the proviso they do not have any symptoms. If they have any symptoms, they cannot attend and are required to get tested.
Please note, we will continue to follow Government directions and the public health advice. We’ve done this before, and we can do it again!
We will keep you informed with all further developments.