11 AugCOVIDSafe Settings – updated advice from Vic DET re regional Victoria

Posted on 11 Aug 2021

Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer that, from 11.59pm on Monday 9 August 2021, COVID-19 restrictions for regional Victoria will move to a lower level than metropolitan Melbourne,  the Victorian Department of Education and Training (Vic DET) has issued an updated advice for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)  services in regional Victoria. The five reasons to leave home will be removed in regional Victoria and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. People in regional Victoria will only be able to travel to metropolitan Melbourne for a permitted reason and they must follow the metropolitan Melbourne restrictions once there.

This means that some of the COVIDSafe Settings for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services in regional Victoria, including Outside School Hours Care (OSHC), will differ to those for services in metropolitan Melbourne. The COVIDSafe Settings for ECEC services in metropolitan Melbourne have not changed.

The Vic DET update from Tuesday morning gives more detail on the revised settings for regional Victoria including:

  • Outside School Hours (OSHC)
  • visitors to services
  • allied health professional visits to services
  • meetings and professional development
  • student placements
  • excursions and incursions
  • orientation and transition
  • photography
  • singing and music
  • face masks
  • square metre rule.

The Vic DET update also includes further details on the latest Victorian Government announcement re the AstraZeneca vaccine now being available to Victorians aged 18-39 years at selected Victorian vaccination centres.

CLICK HERE to read the latest update from VIC DET.

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