COVID-19 LOCKDOWN 6 UPDATE- September 9



Regional Victoria restrictions ease from 11.59pm Thursday 9th September as outbreaks come under control. For Metropolitan Melbourne there are no restriction changes.


For Regional Victoria:

  • From 11:59pm Thursday 9th September, the lockdown will end in regional Victoria with the exception of Greater Shepparton, and the five reasons to leave your home will no longer apply.

  • Schools will reopen for prep, grade 1, grade 2, year 11 studying year 12 subjects for those subjects and our year 12s.

  • Businesses will be able to reopen, but there will be limits.

  • The Victorian Government hopes to have Shepparton catch up to the rest of regional Victoria sometime next week and those announcements will be made as soon as possible.

  • There will be 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.

Vaccinations

  • 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.


Services:

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.


ISA

  • 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 queries about your support, please contact either your regular service manager, or the General Manager in your region.

Aaron Fry – East: aaron.fry@melbasupport.com.au

Angela Quero – South: angela.quero@melbasupport.com.au

Kerrie White – Gippsland: kerrie.white@melbasupport.com.au

Jacqui McCowan – Central Highlands & Wimmera: jacqui.mccowan@melbasupport.com.au

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