COVID-19 LOCKDOWN 6 UPDATE- September 16

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Lockdown Update – Thursday 16th September

Ballarat has gone into lockdown from 11:59pm, Wednesday 15th September for seven days. People in Ballarat will follow the same rules as Melbourne — except there will be no curfew.

For Regional Victoria some restrictions eased from 11.59pm Thursday 9th September as outbreaks come under control.

Now that Victoria will hit their 70 per cent first dose target today, Thursday 16th September, this means some limited freedoms will occur. However, please note curfews remain in metropolitan Melbourne.

Please remember, restrictions remain different between Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

If you want to find out how far you can travel in Metropolitan Melbourne: - Click here.

If you would like an update on restrictions for both Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria from 11.59pm Friday 17th September it can be found here.

For Regional Victoria:

  • From 11:59pm Thursday 9th September, the five reasons to leave your home no longer applied.

  • Businesses have reopened, but with limits.

  • There has been a significant boost to enforcement in the region-metropolitan border. Expect to be pulled over if you travel.

We will notify you of specific changes to operations in regional areas when we have more information. In the meantime, to keep Melba safe, can we please ask:

Exposure Sites

  • We ask everyone to monitor the Victorian Government Exposure Site list.

  • If you have been to one of them, please act accordingly.


  • We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as you can if you haven’t already. It is vaccination levels reaching 80% that will allow a greater lowering of restrictions.

  • You can book a vaccination here.


Centre-based activities

  • We will continue to support individuals for whom support is essential.

  • If you need to access this support, please contact the service manager.


  • Essential Individual Supports will continue.

  • Supports will follow Government directions for five reasons to leave home.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) services

  • SIL services will continue.

  • Supports will continue to follow Government directions for the five reasons to leave home.

  • After a stay with their families, people can return to their Melba home as long as they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms or been potentially exposed. If they have any symptoms, they must return a negative test before returning home.

  • Two visitors are permitted per service per day, to provide essential care and support necessary for the individual’s physical or emotional wellbeing. Please call before you come to ensure a warm welcome and assure us you’re free of symptoms.

STAA (Respite services)

  • STAA (Respite services) will continue.

  • Supports will follow Government directions for the five reasons to leave home.

  • People can access respite as long as they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. If they have any symptoms, they must return a negative test before arriving at respite.

Support Coordination

  • Support Coordination will continue.

If you have any questions, please contact either your regular service manager, or the General Manager in your region.

Aaron Fry – East:

Angela Quero – South:

Kerrie White – Gippsland:

Jacqui McCowan – Central Highlands & Wimmera:

Finally, we know that things may change rapidly. If you feel unsure of any advice, we recommend you check the following Victorian Government links below:

Take care!

Melba Families Monthly - August 26th 2021